Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Hunky Chunky Peanut Butter Dough Biscuits

As much as my male friends love my baking, I always seem to get the same complaint from them, they want more! So I came up with these Hunky Chunky Peanut Butter Dough Biscuits especially with the boys in mind. This is one hunk of a treat; a crunchy, nutty biscuit sandwiched together with a nice helping of peanut butter dough. So why not treat your hubby, boyfriend, that guy from work you’ve had your eye on or…anyone as a matter of fact! One should be enough to satisfy, although they do taste so good, maybe they’ll still want more!

Hunky Chunky Peanut Butter Dough Biscuits

65g flaked almonds
125g butter, cubed
100g dark brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla essence
115g self-raising flour
100g plain flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp milk

Peanut butter dough filling

115g peanut butter, smooth
4tbsp milk
1tbsp butter
100g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 160C and line 2 baking trays baking paper. Spread the almonds over one of the trays and when the oven is ready cook for 4 minutes until lightly golden and leave to one side to cool.

In a large bowl beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence together until light and fluffy. Sift both the flours and cinnamon over the butter mixture and mix until well combined. Add the toasted almonds and milk and mix well.

Use your hands to bring the mixture together into a dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out until 5mm thick and use a 5cm round cutter to cut the dough into circles. Keep bringing the dough together, rolling and cutting until you have 18 biscuits. Place the biscuits about 3cm apart on the lined baking trays.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, swapping the trays halfway through cooking. When ready set aside to cool on the trays for a few minutes then transfer the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool completely. Whilst cooling make the peanut butter dough filling.

For the filling melt the peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of the milk in a small saucepan over a very low heat. Add the butter and mix, remove from heat as soon as the mixture has combined and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the icing sugar and the remaining 3 tablespoons of milk, mix well until thick, it will have a dough-like consistency. Pull off small amounts of the peanut butter dough and roll between your hands into a small ball.

Place the dough ball in the centre of one of the biscuits and sandwich together with another biscuit, pressing firmly together. Repeat until all the biscuits are sandwiched together, dust with icing sugar to serve.

Belle's Top Tip
For a lighter treat leave out the dough filling and enjoy them as crunchy individual biscuits instead...still tasty! The biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, great for unexpected visitors or if you want to make them in advance.