I have smart friends. And when my smart friends inspire me, things like Bourbon Honeycomb Chocolate Chunk Cookies Happen. This time, my friend Brooks from Cakewalker made some seriously peanutty peanut butter cookies, and I was inspired to make what I am modestly calling The Best Black Bottom Triple Peanut Butter Cookies. Let us begin, shall we?
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For everyone else, they're called "black bottom" because I spread a layer of chocolate on their backs. They're triple peanut because in the dough lives:
- one cup of natural, organic peanut butter
- one ounce of peanut butter powder
- 3 oz of chopped peanut brittle.
Yes, you read that correctly. I chopped peanut brittle and added it to my peanut butter cookie dough. Use your favorite peanut brittle recipe, buy some at the store, or even go with a chopped up Pay Day candy bar. That would work too.
So, what makes these the best black bottom triple peanut butter cookies in the 'Verse? Aside from the aforementioned three kinds of peanutty goodness and the chocolate and using Brooks's base recipe, I think what makes them so spectacular is the long refrigerated overnight rest I gave the dough before shaping and baking. Letting the dough "ripen" in the fridge for even a couple of hours does a few things: it allows all the flavors to mingle, get to know each other and marry. The rest allows the flour to fully hydrate before baking making for a much more consistent cookie and one that has a bit more chew than those made from "unrested" dough. Chilling also allows the sugar to go into solution with the water in the dough (from the butter, from egg white, and from the vanilla). At the same time, the butterfat (and peanut oils) solidify. Both of these Happenings help keep the cookies from spreading too far and becoming really thin.
Another change that takes place, and thank you PJ Hamel from the King Arthur Flour Blog, Flourish, for this: You'll also find that chilling the dough allows the flavors to concentrate a bit as some of the liquid evaporates out of the dough--you know things tend to dry out in the fridge, and that's what happens to your dough. It dries out just enough to concentrate the flavors. Huzzah!
So, pretty much no matter what kind of creaming method drop cookie you're making--chocolate chip, oatmeal, the best black bottom triple peanut butter cookies--giving your dough a bit of a chill--from an hour or two up to a few days can transform agood cookie into a great one and a great cookie into the best cookie.
And now, in honor of National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, I give you:
The Best Black Bottom Triple Peanut Butter Cookies
...with thanks to my buddy Brooks from Cakewalker (see the original peanut butter cookie recipe here), to the folks at Chocoley Chocolates for making a coating chocolate that actually tastes amazing, and to P J Hamel and the other folks who write for King Arthur's Flourish and who do so much research and should be one of your trusted baking sources if she is not already.