Monday, July 1, 2013

Curtis Stone's Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

Sweets are for women and steaks are for men.

Is this stereotype saying true?

Typically, most people like to associate tough blokes with steaks, burgers, chips, bacon... Do men like eating sweets? For my one and a half men, they do. Like most typical men, they love steaks, burgers, chips, bacon but they love chocolates and peanut butter too.

Curtis Stone called these cookies his ultimate cookies. Who is Curtis Stone? Born in Melbourne, Australia, Curtis Stone is an Australian celebrity chef. He has been a popular Aussie household name appearing on Coles website demonstrating cooking and feeding a typical family of four for less than AUD$10.

How ultimate are these cookies? After my first bite, I can clearly see their ultimacy. The irresistible combination of chocolates and peanut butter plus their very soft-fudgy centers are clearly Curtis's definition of ultimate factors.

Ok. ok. Some men like sweets but can men bake? Clearly, Curtis Stone can. Can you imagine marrying a good looking bloke that can cook and bake? *dreaming*... What if my little man can be "Curtis Stone" one day? - LOL!

Wake up, Zoe! - You sounds like a desperate housewife thinking of these... Let's move on and start baking.

Instead of using electric mixer, I'm training my little Curtis-wannabe to mix this cookie dough with his "piggy" spoon.
With all these mixing and arm muscles exercises, I was hoping too that my son can be an Australia IRONMAN... LOL! To do that, the butter that we used has to be well soften and we have chosen to bake these cookies on a mild winter day - with a little help from our reverse-cycle air conditioner.

My son was having lots of fun mixing and baking these cookies. Little did he know that mum is actually hoping that he can "Curtis Stone" one day...

Curtis Stone Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks
Our peanut butter cookies with chocolate chunks
My boy was flexing lots of his arm muscles to mix the cookie batter.
We forget to add the honey but lucky not the chocolate!
Baking the cookies - don't over-bake if you are after gooey and soft centers.
These freshly baked cookies are very very soft. Cooling them completely is essential...
Curtis Stone Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks
... unless, you can't wait.

Here's the recipe from the book, Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone or Curtis
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Makes about 20 cookies

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
(replaced by baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup natural chunky peanut butter (about 280g)
(I used the 25% fat reduced one)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated / caster sugar
(I used raw caster sugar)
1/2 cup (125 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
(very well soften at room temperature)
1 ½ tbsp honey
(We forget to add this) 1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
155 g semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
(I used chocolate with 70% cocoa)

Boy: Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C. (or 160°C fan forced)

Mum: Line 3 heavy large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Boy: Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Boy: Using an electric mixer (or a piggy spoon), beat the peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, honey (We forget to add this), egg, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended.

Boy: Stir the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture in 2 additions.

Boy: Stir in the chopped chocolate

Mum: Scoop about 3 tablespoonfuls of dough for each cookie onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 1/2 inches apart. (We rolled about one tablespoonfuls of dough for each cookie.)

Mum: Bake for about 12 mins, or until the cookies puff and begin to brown on top but are still very soft to the touch.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 mins.

Mum: Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack and eat warm or cool completely.

Note: Using this recipe, I have baked 29 cookies at 160°C fan forced for 13 mins.

Warning: These cookies are really very soft to touch but they will have a nice fudgy centers. With soft sugary centers, these cookies taste like hybrids of cookies and fudges. Although we feel that the cookies are more towards the sweeter side, munching these can be addictive and everything was all gone without much complains.

Happy Baking
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  1. But what does it mean if I like sweets and steak - half man, half woman? LOL. A lovely post Zoe with great photos.

    1. Half man, half woman??? Ha ha ha! Nice one, Angela! Love your joke!

  2. My husband loves sweets too,not only steaks:)
    and these cookies look so delicious.When i saw that melted chocolate my mouth started to water.

  3. Hi Zoe,
    That peanut butter chocolate cookies are just sound so good right now. I wish I can have one right now. My kiddies will gonna love this..:)

  4. This is so yummy. Will the chocolate still be very fudgy after few hours?

    1. Hi Jozelyn,

      These chocolate cookies are very soft and fudgy when they were freshly baked. At our wintery weather, the chocolate will be slightly hardened when the cookies were cooled but the cookie dough stayed pretty fudgy throughout.


  5. Zoe, nice cookies!! I was pretty intrigued by these cookies too...will have a go at them really soon cos the fudgy cookies look damn good :) great way to start CLAS!

  6. good morning zoe. With your constant guidance and your little boy's interest in baking, i dont see why he cant be the curtis stone in future! hehe..looks absolutely tempting with that gooey chocolate and fudgy center!

  7. I love steaks, does that make me a feminine man? Haha! Lovely cookies, just posted my first Curtis Stone recipe too! To be honest, I wasn't familiar with who he was until you asked me if I wanted to co-host, he's indeed a yummy looking chef :)

  8. I dunno about stereotypes. I prefer steak to sweets!

  9. Yummy looking cookies & such a cute piggy spoon. I am sure ur son must have loved it. I also love those small little trucks around. My son is also so crazy about these toys. I think I need to bake some fo these today.

  10. Love these peanut butter cookies! Goes perfectly with the chocolate.

  11. Zoe, i love the sound of these fudgey cookies but i am afraid to bake them - for the sake of my waistline ;PPP lemme get in a couple of sessions at the gym first then i will do this together with my boy too :)

  12. YUM! These PB cookies sure looks good! My boys will definitely love these PB cookies! The 1st time I've heard of Custis Stone was few years back when my sis told me to check out the 'HOT' chef at Martha Stewart show. I still recalled that he was making an espresson creme brulee . So since then we called him the 'hwat' aussie chef! LOL

  13. Hi Zoe! I'm back!

    I'm more steak than sweet! But that doesn't mean I do not appreciate nice cookies like yours!

  14. Hi Zoe,
    Looks like you already have a chef in the making right in your kitchen! Haha! Lovely cookies, I have been wanting to bake one of his cookies too. This one looks especially good with the gooey chocolate in the center!

  15. Sweets are for women and steaks are for men?? That's so true, dear! My two men dislike desserts & would certainly jump at the sight of steaks. Lol! Aw, u're already training your son at this age? Is he joining the league of junior chefs??

  16. These are picture perfect cookie!!! Sound wonderful!

  17. Yum! The peanut butter sounds great!

  18. I bet straight out of the oven, these cookies are fudgy and delicious :D


  19. Lovely post, i like how you got your son to bake them with you :) Little junior will be cooking up a storm on his own in no time :)

  20. I love peanut butter cookies and these look fantastic with the chocolate! Hehe, I love that you are training your lil one to be like Curtis Stone with his piggy spoon, so adorable :)

  21. What a great post, Zoe! And these cookies look so scrumptious! Peanut butter and chocolate goodness :)

  22. That looks yum with the soft fudgy chocolately inner :) Wud love to have them now !

  23. Oh Yum love that goeey chocolate center.

  24. Hi Zoe,
    This PB cookies looks so scrmptious!
    Your little boy and his piggy spoon are really helpful!!
    This cookies would be very yum to have with a glass of cold milk :D

  25. I do have PB in the fridge and this looks yumms!