Friday, June 03, 2005

Peanut-Chocolate Half-Moons

Peanut-Chocolate Half-Moons(Adapted from King Arthur CC)

Cookie Dough

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons peanut butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces peanut butter chips

Dipping Chocolate

6 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons brown rice syrup

Preheat oven to 375

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, beating until combined. Beat in the peanut butter until well blended.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture and peanut butter chips into the creamed butter and stir just until the dough comes together. Cover and place the bowl in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.

Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, drop the dough onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes - rotating sheets halfway through. The cookies will still be quite soft looking, so be careful to not overbake. Remove from the oven and let sit on the baking sheet until you can remove them. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

In a microwave safe bowl, add the bittersweet chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter . Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stopping to stir frequently, until smooth. Gently mix in the brown rice syrup.

Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate and set on a rack or parchment paper to set.


  1. Welcome home -- hope everything in D.C. went swimmingly. I'll be checking in tomorrow for all the details!

    Question on the cookie recipe: Where does one look for brown rice syrup? Here in the southland, it can be hard enough to find brown rice at all, let alone in syrup form....

  2. Kristin - Thanks!

    If you can't find it, you can use light corn syrup. I found it at Whole Foods in their normal syrup section. I have seen it in other organic sections as well.

  3. I finally made these sweet cookies with success ! Even though I didn't have the peanut butter chips, we cannot find these in France.
    So I used Quaker oats to bring a little bit of crunchyness and consistance, it was perfect to me.
    I don't really know what these peanut butter chips are !?
    Are they like potatoe chips ?
    Thank you

  4. Thalie - Peanut butter chips are like chocolate chips, but flavored like peanut butter! Oats work, but they wouldn't give the flavor that the chips do. It sounds like they still turned out great!