A few weeks ago it was my birthday and my parents bought me some adorable flower shaped biscuit cutters to bring back to uni with me. After my dad suggested that they’d be great for making jammy dodgers I had to do it, even if it turns out that the shop bought variety have recently become vegan themselves! Wanting to jazz them up a bit I decided to go for a peanut butter biscuit in order to mimic the classic PB&J sandwich in miniature cookie form, an idea which created quite a bit of excitement amongst a few of my flatmates. The result was as good as I hoped and this yields around ten melt in the mouth biscuits that give you a sweet hit without being overloaded with sugar, especially if you use a peanut butter with no added sugar or salt. These are certainly something I’ll be wanting to come back to…
For the biscuits
90g dairy free spread/margarine (e.g. Vitalite or Pure spreads)
30g peanut butter
55g sugar (preferably brown sugar but it doesn’t matter too much)
180g plain flour
140g raspberry/strawberry jam
1) Cream the spread, peanut butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth
2) Add the flour gradually whilst mixing the dough so as to slowly introduce the flour to the mix. Keep mixing until the mixture balls together, but if this doesn’t seem to be happening you can add a little water to the dough until it does.
3) Knead the dough briefly until it forms a smooth ball.
4) Chill the dough for 15-20 minutes in the fridge.
5) Roll the dough out to about half a centimetre thickness and cut shapes, half of which should have a smaller whole cut out of the middle of them. If you have cutters in various sizes that’s great, but if not you can just cut the shapes by hand with a knife and get a slightly more rustic finish. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180C/350F/Gas 4. The biscuits might seem a bit soft when you take them out, but they firm up while cooling.
6) Once cool and firm you can sandwich the biscuits together, using one whole biscuit and one of the ones with the centre cut out. I put quite a bit of jam in mine to get the full PB&J effect but it’s up to you here!