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I never got peanut butter, it always amazed me how people could eat nuts on bread? It just seemed wrong. That is until recently when I had a revelation. Peanut butter is uh-maz-ing, crunchy or smooth, it just goes with everything! Spread thickly on white bread, dipped in apple or (dare I say it) eaten with a spoon straight from the jar, anyone not jumping on the peanut butter bandwagon is seriously missing out. However, I still had my concerns about whether it would deliver in baking dishes. I have to apologize, I never should’ve doubted the power of peanuts.

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These cookies aren’t so sweet and by using oats and crunchy peanut butter they have a lovely texture to them. They’re not too firm but have just the right amount of crunch to accompany a hot drink (maybe hot chocolate!)

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The golden colour comes from using light brown muscovado sugar and peanut butter, which makes these cookies look fabulously rustic. To add more pazazz you could gently sprinkle caster sugar on them, it’s really up to you!

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Ingredients:

180g plain flour
150g butter
30g oats
1 egg
100g light muscovado suagr 
100g crunchy peanut butter
Recipe (By The Little Elf Bakery)… makes 23 cookies
 

First pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Sift the plain flour into a bowl with the oats and butter. Rub together so all the mixture has combined. It may not be sticking together, but don’t worry, this will come later. After this add the sugar and just stir with your hands. Next beat the egg and add to the mixture, you may want to start using a spoon as it gets very sticky at this stage. Finally, add the magic ingredient, the peanut butter. Get two baking trays and line with baking paper. Roll little balls of the mixture with your hands to about a 10p size coin diameter. Space evenly apart. Lastly, get a fork and press lightly on each ball so they flatten slightly. Throw (not literally) into the oven and leave for 10 minutes or until slightly golden brown on top. They should still be a little chewy/ sticky right in the center. When you take them out of the oven place on a cooling rack and enjoy!

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