I’ve been baking away here with Ross home from sea. Yesterday, I made tenderized venison steaks for supper, with potates and garlic bread. And a fruit pie. With homemade ice cream. For snacking, I decided to come up with a new cookie. With the snow coming down, we’re all pretty stuck in the house. Ross has been watching a lot of movies. And eating cookies.
These cookies are almost like a “blonde” peanut butter cookie. As in, there’s no peanut butter. Just peanuts. The sour cream stands in place of the peanut butter in the mixture, and the nutmeg adds a wonderful spiciness. If you don’t like a very sweet cookie, you can leave the icing off, but I prefer it with a drizzling of glaze.
How to make Peanut Drops:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salted roasted peanuts
In a bowl combine all the ingredients except the flour and peanuts.
Use freshly ground nutmeg if you can! The aroma is incredible while you’re grating it, and the flavor is so much better.
Add the flour one cup at a time.
Pound the peanuts to break them up a bit. I use a baggie and a hammer.
It’s not necessary for the peanuts to be completely pulverized–you don’t want that. Just break them up, leaving some peanut halves as they are. Stir into cookie mixture.
This is a very peanutty cookie, and using salted peanuts makes a delicious contrast with the sweetness. If you prefer, you can use unsalted peanuts, of course.
Scoop dough by the spoonful onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375-degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on size of cookie. Let cool; frost with powdered sugar icing.
For the frosting–
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
a couple tablespoons milk (as much as needed for drizzling consistency)
I think this is my new favorite cookie!
*For me, this made two dozen cookies, but they were biggish cookies. (Who needs a small cookie??