Recipe of the Month
Recipe of the Month
Recipe of the Month
Peanut Butter & Spicy Pepper Jam Cookies
Makes 48 cookies
3/4 cup raw hulled peanuts
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup ( ½ pound ) unsalted butter
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky as you please
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 -7oz. tub Jimtown Spicy Pepper Jam
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. 

In a shallow metal pan, like a cake tin, toast the peanuts, stirring once or twice, until they are crisp and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pan immediately and 
cool. Coarsely chop the peanuts. Line several sheet pans with parchment paper for easier clean-up, or use ungreased. 

Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees ( 300 degrees convection oven)
Sift together the flour and baking powder onto a piece of waxed paper.

In a large bowl with a spoon, or with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter. Gradually work in the granulated and brown sugars, until fully combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. Add the peanuts and stir until evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight for convenience.
Pull off a piece of dough about the size of a large walnut and roll it between your palms into a 1-1/2-inch ball. (If you have a kitchen scale, it should weigh 1 ounce.) Transfer to a prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 3 inches apart. Press the tines of a fork into the sides of each ball 4 times, producing a flat-topped cone with ridged sides. With a 1/4 teaspoon measure, press a small depression into the flat top of each cookie. Fill the depression with jam. 
Bake until lightly browned (the cookies will spread and flatten ), 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the cookies on the sheets on a rack for at least 5 minutes to firm them up. Transfer to racks to cool completely. Top with additional Spicy Pepper Jam.