Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sea Salt & Peanut Butter Cookies

I am an avid collector of food magazines and Jamie Oliver's is one of my staple magazines.  Love the pictures in there and I'm hoping that there will come a day where I can take photos of that standard... (No harm dreaming, rite? ;) )

I couldn't resist trying out this recipe.. Somehow, I get instantly drawn to desserts with sea salt.  Yep, as I'm typing this, I am thinking of the time I had chocolate & sea salt ice-cream at a little ice-cream parlour..  Absolutely yummy.. 

Alright, Erin, focus focus focus!! These sea salt & peanut butter cookies tasted great too. Love that maple syrup was used as a sugar substitute.. And did I mention that I love sea salt??

Sea Salt & Peanut Butter Cookies (adapted from Jamie magazine)
makes 24

300g spelt flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 tsp fine sea salt
250g organic chunky peanut butter (I used normal non-organic peanut butter)
250ml maple syrup
100ml extra virgin olive oil
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract, or the seeds from a split vanilla pod
Sea salt flakes for finishing

- Preheat oven to 180*C. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.  Combine the spelt flour, bicarbonate of soda 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 and stir until barely combined. It should still be a bit dusty looking. Let the mixture sit for 5  minutes, 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 to do criss-crosses, you'll need to chill it for an hour or so first.
- Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes, taking care not to over bake or they will be too dry. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt flakes while warm. Let cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.  (I had to bake them for 13-14 minutes.)


  1. they look delicious and worth trying !:)

  2. No harm dreaming, that is absolutely true...No harm in trying either. That is why I am trying this recipe out. I am hoping it will turn out as perfect as yours.

    1. Hi, haven't seen you for a while.

      You're right.. there's no harm trying. My cookies weren't perfect. I followed the recipe, and my first batch turned out too soft. I had to extend the baking time for them. So I guess that's another lesson learnt.. Try, Fail, Try again :)

  3. You´re pictures are wonderful. I´m really in love with them!

  4. Beautiful photos!

    I wonder if this can be made with normal flour. I'm on a student budget and spelt flour is so expensive here!

    1. Hi Alisha, it shouldn't be a problem. I actually used semolina flour instead of spelt.. Worked out pretty well, and it's much cheaper!

  5. Am missing your recipes babe! :) Kisses from KL..