Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sea Salt & Peanut Butter Cookies (Jamie Oliver)


I always admire and appreciate the way how Jamie Oliver cooks.

He is always stylish in his cooking and yet his food is always casual and relaxing to eat. He is always fast and swift in his cooking and yet his food is always nice and interesting to eat. Of all, I like Jamie Oliver because he believes in feeding kids healthy and nutritious food and respects all the animals that we eat.

I see a lot of Jamie Oliver's style in this cookie recipe. These vegan cookies are simple and ordinary-looking and yet made with lots of best quality ingredients....and of course, LOVE! With no cane sugar and butter added, these maple-infused cookies are lightly baked and slightly crisped on their outsides and a little fudgy in their inside. As a mum, I'm proud to bake these cookies for my family.

sea salt peanut butter cookies Jamie Oliver

Making the cookie dough
Baking the cookies

Here's the recipe from Jamie Oliver Magazine (Mar / Apr 2012)
(with my modification in blue)

Makes about 24 cookies

300g spelt flour (I used wholemeal spelt flour)

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (replaced by baking powder)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
250g organic chunky peanut butter 
(I used all natural smooth peanut butter with no added preservative)
250ml maple syrup (reduced to 200ml)
100ml extra-virgin olive oil (replaced with rice bran oil)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, or vanilla seeds from a split vanilla pod (I used vanilla seeds)
Sea salt flakes, for finishing

Preheat the oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced)/gas 4.

Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Combine spelt flour, bicarbonate of soda (baking powder) and fine salt in a mixing bowl.

In a separate, larger bowl, stir the peanut butter, maple syrup, olive oil and vanilla until combined.

Pour the flour mixture over the peanut butter mixture and stir until barely combined. It should still be a bit dusty looking. Let the mixture sit for 5 min, then stir once more.

Drop the batter onto the baking sheets in heaped tablespoonfuls. Gently press down on each one with the back of a fork. It’s a loose batter,so if you want do criss-crosses, you’ll need to chill it for an hour or so first. 

(My batter is firmer because I have reduced the amount of maple syrup to 200ml and no chilling is required.)

Bake the cookies for 10-11 min, taking care not to over bake or they will be too dry. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt flakes while warm (I did this before baking). Let cool on the tray for 5 min then transfer to a wire rack.

Note: Using this recipe, I've baked 70 cookies at 160°C fan forced for 8 min.

Happy Baking
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39 comments:

  1. Hi Zoe,it's me again!i love these cookies,really really becoz peanut butter is my fav spread!It's just that my son is allergic to peanut so I never use peanut butter in making anything but spreading on my bread!I've been waiting for J.Oliver month to come becoz I've his other cookie recipe to share with which I've made twice so far becoz they were just too yummy& gave some to my gf& her children fought to finish the last piece!I'm sending this message from my hubby's phone& wait till the tel&internet have set up iny new place,I''ll share the recipe after my Part II of 16Hour poolish version bread!Thank you for making such a big commitment in making this blog hop event happens!Now gotta go to watch Masterchef now,bye!

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  2. Perfect flavor combo... crunchy n yummy cookies

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  3. These look perfect...it's great that they're nutritious too! I love the sound of that peanut butter and maple combination! :)

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  4. Another fabby recipe! Love your images too, always beautiful. Just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award x

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  5. I love watching Jamie Oliver cooking up a storm too. Fast, easy, happy days! Fantastic looking cooking, Zoe.

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  6. Just mouthwatering...would love to have some!

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  7. I like the idea of using maple.

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  8. I love Jamie Oliver's approach to food, and I love these cookies that you made! Very delicious!

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  9. These sound so delicious and I love the ingredient list! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Delicious photos and delicious looking cookies, Zoe! Jamie Oliver's one of my favourite chefs and I'm so glad he's the chosen chef this month! Have already tried out 2 of his recipes (with great success), will be posting them soon! Thanks for hosting! :)

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  11. I LOVE this recipe! The flavours are all my favoutire - I'll have to try this myself :) Beautiful pics as always.

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  12. Yes, Jamie Oliver is my idol too :)

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  13. your cookies look perfect - love the addition of sea salt with the peanut butter!

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  14. Those look delicious. Yes i have joy the baker's cookbook and I love it.

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  15. I love how Jamie mixes bold flavours and fresh ideas with good old fashioned comfort food as well... these peanut butter cookies combine all three! They look just great.

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  16. This looks delicious, Zoe! I am so excited to join this blog hop as I love Jamie Oliver and look forward to all the delicious stuff that everyone will be bringing.

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  17. I would have never guessed that these cookies did not have sugar or butter in them. They look so good!

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  18. Oh Zoe these looks super delish. I absolutely love peanut butter cookies. I also love that they are vegan and a healthier version. I am actually looking into make these quinoa chocolate chunk cookies for the kids. I always feel less guilty eating a healthier cookie. How did the cookies go over with your son and hubby? I would love to know!

    I'm also curious to know if they tasted peanut buttery? I made a peanut butter cookie recipe from David L and unfortunately they did not taste like peanut butter cookies. They resembled more of a sugar cookie.

    Happy Monday!

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  19. I love peanut butter cookies. Have to try and find some spelt flour soon.

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  20. The combo of pb ad seassalt sounds fantastic :D
    Loveluy cookies!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  21. It's been a long time that I haven't baked peanut butter cookies ! These makes me drool ! Will try this sometime ! Jamie O ?! 'nuff said ! lol

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  22. Yum! Those cookies look so cute and yummy!

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  23. Hi Zoe,
    I am a big fun of Jamie Oliver too!
    This cookies look amazing and they must taste great.
    Following back!

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  24. Oh my goodness these sound and look so delicious!! I am really excited to give this recipe a try!

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  25. I think you can never go wrong with a Jamie recipe! Your cookies looks wonderful, I have not baked any since CNY! And I like that it that these do not contain sugar! Definitely a plus in my books! :)

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  26. sound perfectly delicious,I love peanut butter with maple syrup,,YUM !!

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  27. Oh Yum Zoe! I got his autograph the other day. He is one of the only chefs that I think deserve the credit that they are given. Perfectly baked cookies!

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  28. Hi Zoe the cookies look so tempting, feel like having some now lol.

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  29. Delicious! I love the cookies and the ingredients are rather friendly!

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  30. My elder like anything with peanut butter. Thanks, I have bookmarked this.

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  31. My teenage sons can eat these yummy peanut cookies the whole day! They even made it themselves. I'm bookmarking this recipe ! Your cookies look so TEMPTING!!! Wanna have some now with my cappuccino
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  32. Honestly. These. Look. Amazing. It would be tough to only eat one of these!!! So delicious!!

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  33. I'm one of Jessie-Cooking Moments readers, and found out about this event from her blog. This is very interesting, I may join since I like cooking using Jamie Oliver's recipes too. I have a few on my blog but they are all older ones (posted prior to July).

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    1. Hi Baby Sumo,

      I'm happy to have you participating this event but to be fair to all participants, I would prefer all submissions to this blog-hop being published within the month of July. Any any older posts should not be not accepted. Cheers.

      Zoe

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  34. i cant think of anything else except drooling on these cookies, peanut butter!! they look perfect! oh dear, i better go to JO's site now!

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  35. zoe! whenever i read your blog entries i salivate...seriously! :) gonna bookmark this to bake this weekend :) sounds like my kinda recipe! haven't left a comment with you for a while but so good to see you're baking and cooking all these delicious recipes! (those date scones in prev post is soo good too!)

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  36. Yum, your cookies look good!! Love the blog event, I would have to take part in this event soon!!

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  37. Yum! I love peanut butter cookies, and vegan at that! Don't tell mt hubby, haha...

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  38. My younger girl loves peanut butter. I have bookmarked this for our weekly cookie making session this Sunday. She will be thrilled. Thanks for the step-by-step photos. And for organizing the blog event! :)

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