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Salted Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

These cookies have a deeper richness when baked with peanut butter that’s made with only peanuts (ideally roasted) and salt. Be sure to get the salted variety; unsalted can be bland at best and beany at worst. Sometimes it’s labeled ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes, plus cooling | Makes about 4 ½ dozen cookies
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup natural chunky peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • Coarse sea salt, such as kosher, Maldon or fleur de sel, for sprinkling
  • ½ cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped

Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2Smash and mix the butter into the brown sugar with a wooden spoon in a bowl until the butter is no longer visible and the sugar resembles wet sand. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and egg and mix until well combined. Lift the spoon out of the dough. If the dough drips off in globs, refrigerate or freeze it until stiff. Cold dough will bake into taller cookies too.

Step 3Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto the prepared sheets, spacing 1 ½ inches apart. Sprinkle the tops with salt and then with peanuts.

Step 4Bake one sheet at a time until darker brown around the edges and dry on top, 9 to 11 minutes. Cool completely on the sheets on a rack.


Vegan peanut butter cookies

Mix 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 1 tablespoon cold water. Let stand until thickened, about 5 minutes. Substitute coconut oil for the butter and the flax mixture for the egg. Proceed as above.

PB&J sandwich cookies

Spread a thin layer of thick jam on half the cookies and sandwich with the others.

Peanut butter and salted caramel ice cream sandwiches

Sandwich small scoops of salted caramel ice cream between cookies and freeze until firm.

Note: Make ahead: The dough can be refrigerated for up to two days. The baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week and in the freezer for up to one month. Recipe by Genevieve Ko


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