04/01/2013 // 15 comments

Bright Bakes: Peanut Butter & Choc Cookies


If you read my 10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend feature you’ll know that I love to bake on the weekend. Not only do I find the process of baking therapeutic but it also gives me the opportunity to try and improve my food photography by taking snaps as I go. As this was a long weekend for the Easter holiday I thought I would share one of my bakes with you today – I hope you don’t mind? I tried out the chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and it was such a blast to bake! I’m not sure if you would like me to share more of my bakes? Either way, I hope you’ll find this useful if you’re planning on baking something sweet soon – here’s an abridged how to:

1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy and then add the peanut butter until combined, before doing the same with the sugars and egg. Mix together all the dry ingredients before folding into the peanut butter mixture. Divide the dough into two parts, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
2. Roll the dough out so that it’s 0.5cm thick and cut into your chosen shapes. Place onto greased baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes at 180°C/160°C fan until lightly golden at the edges, then place on a wire rack to cool.
3. To make the fondant, melt all the ingredients in a bowl over simmering water and then let it cool until it’s set but still spreadable. Fill a pipping bag with the fondant and pipe roughly one teaspoon onto half of the cookies. Place the remaining cookies on top and gently press them together so the fondant moves the edge.

// Photography and styling by Will Taylor | Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Uncle Beefy

01 / 1 / 2013

Looks and sounds super tasty, Will! A favorite combo!

A definite YES to more of your baking! Your food photos are great.

Preciously Me

01 / 1 / 2013

Yummy, yummy!!!!!!!
And your pictures are great :)
P.S: yes I want a cookie!


01 / 1 / 2013

Looks delicious! My type of cookie =)

Oh you’re the cutest! I have visions that when I grow up I’ll be someone who bakes on the weekends. Emphasis on “end” so that when I grow up I speak in a British dialect too. ;)


01 / 1 / 2013

Oooh choc and peanut butter is the best and these look delish! pinning as we speak!x


01 / 1 / 2013

They look really good. I might have to try a spot of bank holiday baking myself.

Your photography is fabulous Will. Well done.

Janel from NellieBellie

01 / 1 / 2013

Aren’t these just a bundle of happiness!! Love! And the photo’s are so good I can almost smell those cookies!


01 / 1 / 2013

wow…hard to look at while dieting right now…YUM.


01 / 1 / 2013

Looks great! Love the photos! hx

We Heart Home

02 / 2 / 2013

LOVE LOVE LOVE when you do baking and food posts and styling!


02 / 2 / 2013

Yummy! I will have to inform my lovely wife about this recipe soon!

Kimberly Hughes

03 / 3 / 2013

Love your baking posts and you have a natural photographic eye so these look beautiful (and yummy) too! Now I want a cookie!! xxx


06 / 6 / 2013

How have I not come across this post until now?! These sound so delicious and easy enough for me to make without completely messing it up. Will have to give them a go!


23 / 23 / 2013

Yummers Mr. Bazaar – think I should be doing these for the kids (and me) they look divine. Happy day to you,