Peanut butter cookies

In case you’ve been in witness protection for the last 3 weeks, you’ll know that it is the final of The Great British Bake Off tonight.

We’re looking forward to seeing Laura, Peter, and David battling against each other through the medium of cakes (less final than actually duelling with pistols).

We know that you’re used to sticking to the savoury with us, but Bake Off is best enjoyed with snacks, so we wanted to post our favourite cookie recipe as a tribute to the British institution that is our favourite baking programme.

Munch on these peanut butter cookies whilst agreeing (or disagreeing) with Paul and Pru’s judging, and lusting after Noel’s shirts.

Serves: makes 30 cookies


150g plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

125g unsalted butter softened

300g crunchy peanut butter (we love Whole Earth Original)

250g brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, before adding the egg and vanilla extract.

Add the flour mixture in thirds, mixing until smooth.

Roll the mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place them on a baking tray (they WILL spread out, so make sure they’re well spaced)

Press into each of them with the tines of a fork.

Put in the oven for 10 minutes, turning the tray around halfway through.

Cool on a rack for as long as you can control yourself!