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Friday, March 9, 2012

Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Zest



This was my first attempt at making peanut butter cookies.  I adapted the recipe from here, but as always, tweaked the recipe quite a bit.  I made it into a peanut butter and white chocolate cookie with an orange twist.




The recipe was easy, but I found that I needed to add at least a cup of milk to the dough to get it to the right consistency.  The cookies turned out a little bit dense, but on storing them overnight, a lot of the moistness returned.  Anyone that likes peanut butter cookies would really enjoy these, but I think I might move on to different cookies the next time around.


You will need:
3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (105 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (185 grams) peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts or 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1 cup cold milk (if required)




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F  and place rack in the centre of the oven. 
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 - 3 minutes). You could use an electric mixer for this, but I used a hand mixer.
  4. Beat in the peanut butter. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. 
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  6. Add to the peanut butter mixture and beat until incorporated. Fold in the chopped peanuts if using, if using, the white chocolate chips and the orange zest. (If the batter is too dry at this point, add milk a few teaspoons at a time. Alternately, if the batter is too soft, keep in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before forming into balls.)
  7. Roll the batter into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls. 
  8. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet, placing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Then, using the tines of the fork that has been dipped in white granulated sugar, make a crisscross pattern.
  9. Bake the cookies for about 10 to12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. 
  10. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Can be stored at room temperature, in an airtight container, for about a week. Freeze for longer storage.

Makes about 40 cookies.





  1. yay I love baking posts! These look so delicious Ill have to try and make it from your recipe, the photos are especially amazing as well!

    1. Am really glad you like this post! :) I would like to bake more often, but it just doesn't happen! Thanks for the kind words too! :)