Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

by some_lovely

Peanut Butter Cookies are one of my favorite treats. Here's my take on a classic peanut butter cookie recipe with a dash of Himalayan Pink Salt for folks who like sweet and salty.

I absolutely love peanut butter. And as a child, peanut butter cookies were one of my all time favorites. As an adult, though, my pallet has changed and I often prefer sweet treats that are tempered with a bit of salty flavor. Some traditional peanut butter recipes suggest rolling the dough balls in table sugar before pressing them flat on a cookie sheet. But I find that this makes the cookies much too sweet for my adult taste buds.

Using a traditional peanut butter cookie recipe, I made a few adaptations to create a slightly saltier tasting cookie. I reduced the amount of salt in the dough from a half teaspoon of table salt to a quarter teaspoon of table salt. And instead of rolling the dough in white sugar before baking, I sprinkled Himalayan Pink Salt on the cookie tops.

(In addition to giving your traditional peanut butter cookie recipe an interesting new flavor, Himalayan Pink Salt may also have some positive health benefits. Check out the video on the health benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt at the end of this recipe!)

Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies
Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep time 30 min  -  Total time 45 min
Ingredients for 24 servings
1 Cup White Sugar  • 1 Cup (1 Stick) Butter, Room Temperature  • 1 Egg  • 1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract  • 1/4 Teaspoon Table Salt  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda  • 1 and 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour  • 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon Himalayan Pink Salt, (for sprinkling on cookies)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease two large baking sheets with butter. Beat in egg to mixture. Mix in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Stir in salt, baking soda and flour until well combined. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll in sugar. Place on baking sheet and flatten with fork. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, beat sugar and room temperature butter until smooth and creamy. (You may use a hand blender or wooden spoon to blend the mixture together. Use whichever method is most convenient for you.)

3. Mix in peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

4. Beat in one fresh egg. Consistency should be smooth and well incorporated.

5. Add in table salt and baking soda, followed by the flour. Mix until ingredients together until well combined.
When mixture forms into a solid dough, pinch pieces of dough off and roll into 1 inch balls. Place dough balls on cookie sheets, evenly spaced out. (About 12 dough balls per sheet.)
Lightly flatten each dough ball with a fork. Then, using clean, dry hands, sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt over each cookie, distributing the salt crystals evenly with the grooves.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes at 375 C (190 F). Remover from oven and allow cookies to cool completely before transferring to cookie tin or plate.

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Updated: 01/15/2017, some_lovely
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