Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?   I got the idea stuck in my head, and it just would not go away.  I have learned not to ignore these impulses though. An impulse that would not die is how I ended up with Lemon Spice Brownies after all, so I heeded the call this time too.   I’m so glad I did, because these are fantastic!  Chewy and peanutty in the middle, crispy on the outside, and they just keep improving as the days go by.  I am sure we would have eventually reached some kind of peanut butter cookie nirvana, but we ate them all up before we got there.  We better get started, so you can find your own path to enlightenment too.
Preheat the oven to 350º and line baking sheets with parchment paper. You can lightly grease the baking sheets if you prefer.
3/4 of a cup of soft butter171/2 cup natural peanut butter27Beat together until completely combined – which takes a little longer than regular peanut better because natural has a denser texture. Then add
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar36Beat that a couple minutes, until it is very fluffy and then beat in
2 eggs46Add
1 & 3/4 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal [preferably stoneground, regular will work too]
Mix until completely combined
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
56Grind together
1/4 cup salted peanuts
1/4 granulated sugar
You can do this in a food processor, with a hand blender or minigrinder, which is what I used. You want the peanuts to be mostly ground to about the texture of coarse cornmeal, but there can be some chunks too. I used a medium cookie scoopemptying it into the palm of my hand and then turning the curved side into the sugar mixture, rolling gently to completely cover the top of the cookie. The sugar and peanuts will tend to clump a bit, so fluff it up with fork every couple cookies. The step sounds like more trouble than it really is, and it is so worth the little bit of bother, because this topping is part of what makes these really special.6aPlace sugar side up on the baking sheets, leaving a couple inches clearance all the way around.63Bake for right around 12 minutes, until the edges are beginning to brown nicely, but the center is still a bit soft. Remove from the pan and and cool on a rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.74When you take a bite, you don’t think “cornmeal” necesarily – you just know there is a little something extra in there.  The sugary topping, as I said, is so nice, a little finer texture than the sugar right out of the bag, so it melts in your mouth a bit like confectionary sugar does.    As I mentioned, these not only keep very nicely in a sealed container, but they actually take on an even nicer texture after a couple days.   Provided they last that long of course!


And now for a bit of serendipity:  Remember Dawn, my partner in Dine & Dish’s Adopt a Blogger project?  We were talking on the phone the other day and she mentioned she was planning to blog Peanut Butter Cookies today.  Since that was my plan as well, we decided to turn it into a group [albeit small group!] project.  So – go take a look at Dawn’s Big, Super-Nutty Peanut Butter Cookies  over at her place!  And just as I suspected, she has a trick or two up her sleeve – right after our conversation, I ordered some basic cheesemaking supplies, because she makes that sound super easy.  Just what I need – another addiction.

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19 Responses to Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

  1. dawn says:

    does not sound crazy to me. I love experimenting with new flavors & textures. this looks good!

  2. Charlane says:

    these sound interesting and I love pb cookies

  3. Donald says:

    Clever! I would never think to use cornmeal in that way. I love peanut butter cookies.

  4. Pearl says:

    that sounds so creative!

  5. Debbie Jean says:

    Oh those sound so good!!!!!! It’s been years since I made peanut butter cookies.

  6. I only use white cornmeal, but I have to say, these look spectacular!!!!!!

  7. gourmet says:

    Looks like a nice Recipe, i will test it. :)
    Greets from Cologne…

  8. Ruth Ann says:

    I thought the title read PB and Oatmeal cookies. Then, after I read the recipe I thought, where’s the oatmeal?

    Pays to read closely.


  9. Eunice says:

    WOWWWW I am such a sucker for cookies spread out like that. DEFINITELY going to make this someday!!! Maybe a gluten free version eh? Because, me, the cupcake girl, is actually trying to stay away from processed foods and go au naturale!

    Donalyn, thank YOU for commenting on my blog! Your blog is lovely! Can’t wait for more updates. That’s the thing I love about interblogging comments…yummy discoveries and commenting helps ya stay on everyone’s radar! ;)

    Take care!

  10. Kate says:

    My husband is making more cookies today. He makes them as soon as we run out. (Damnit).
    You won the Pay it Forward. I think I have your address but could you give it to me again?

  11. Marta says:

    Oh yes, this was a brilliant idea! I’m glad you let your creativity flow and came up with these! They look to have the perfect bite and balance! i can’t wait to try them! Also, thanks for directing us to Dawn’s blog, it’s quite cool! I can’t wait to see what cheese concoctions you’ll treat us to :)

  12. Hannah says:

    Love the idea of using cornmeal in peanut butter cookies! I would have never thought of it, but it sounds like they would have a nice crunchy texture.

  13. Deborah says:

    I’ve been really into cornmeal lately – these look great!

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  15. Christina says:

    I love cornmeal. I love peanut butter. I love cookies. However, I had to modify this recipe to make it healthier- so I could eat it! I used organic spelt flour instead of all purpose; xylitol sweetener instead of sugar and reduced it to 1/4 of a cup; and coconut oil instead of butter- because it’s so difficult to find unpasteurized butter made from grass-fed cows where I live! Anyway, the recipe turned out great this way! Thanks for the inspiration and figuring out all the tricky measurements!

  16. Miss Rachel says:

    These look awesome. I am planning on trying them soon. I have never heard of cornmeal in cookies before, so when I saw this, I said, I have to check it out. Glad I did, they look wonderful!

    I will be posting it on my blog with a link return to the post for everyone to see the awesome photos you took. I love food photos.

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