Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies

When I was growing up, I was firmly on the vegemite side when it came to the 'vegemite vs peanut paste (butter) as a sandwich filling' debate. In fact I still don't think I've ever eaten a peanut butter sandwich. A jar of peanut butter lasts me for years, as the only time I ever use it is as an ingredient in a Thai curry. That also means until a few weeks ago I'd never ever tasted peanut butter cookies.

A few weeks back one of my clients bought in some leftover candies from a baby shower. I assumed it was chocolate so left it until I had one of those days when I really needed chocolate. When I eventually decided to eat it, I discovered it was peanut brittle coated in chocolate and it tasted just like a scorched peanut bar. Scorched peanut bars disappeared from the shelves a long time ago but they were one of my favourite treats.

I started browsing the internet looking for a recipe that would combine peanuts, caramel and chocolate. I came up with a few that I've yet to try, but found this one from David Leibovitz and using it as a base, came up with my own version.

I used a different peanut butter cookie recipe that's studded with peanuts and instead of the salted caramel in the recipe, I used some caramel filling which I had stored in the freezer and sprinkled it with salt flakes. I decided to leave ½ the batch plain so I could have some regular peanut butter cookies to try and took the rest into work with me.  They didn't last very long.

Why didn't any-one tell me how delicious peanut butter cookies are? I can tell you they last 4 days in an airtight container and thereafter, who knows? They didn't last that long. I did store a small amount in the freezer so tomorrow I'll bake them so I'll have some tasty treats in the house.

Don't forget to check back on Wednesday for my next Shopshoot featuring Black and Spiro.

Until then,



  1. Those look absolutely delicious! I love how they're wrapped up in a little bundle! So cute!

  2. You did a wonderful job - I'd like to eat one very much! ;)

    I started a photography class last night *excited*!

  3. Glad to hear from you again. I hope you enjoy the photography class. Best advice I can give you - go out with your camera and shoot, shoot, shoot.

  4. Hi Jillian,

    I have been shoot, shoot, shooting! - I've become a little obsessed - getting up at 4am and the like to take sunset shots @ bondi and midnight runs into the city...spending my lunchbreaks at wandering the city taking shots, driving to canberra to floriade just to take photos of the tulips!! :)

    My first assignment this week was to take 24 black and white shots with different shutterspeeds and exposures - so great to learn what the camera can do :)


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