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 180Β°C/160Β°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


  • Reply Uncle Beefy April 1, 2013 at 2:48 am

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

  • Reply Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets April 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

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

  • Reply Preciously Me April 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

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

  • Reply Lindsey April 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Looks delicious! My type of cookie =)

  • Reply Hilary Rushford | Dean Street Society April 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

    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. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Rebecca April 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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

  • Reply Helen April 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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

    Your photography is fabulous Will. Well done.

  • Reply Janel from NellieBellie April 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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

  • Reply susan April 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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

  • Reply Hege April 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Looks great! Love the photos! hx

  • Reply We Heart Home April 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

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

  • Reply David April 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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

  • Reply Kimberly Hughes April 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

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

  • Reply Gabrielle April 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    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!

  • Reply Anya April 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

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

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