Peanut Butter N’ Chocolate Marble Cookies

11:53 AM

What is Christmas for you? Have you grown up decorating Christmas tree, hanging socks to get candies and gifts, leaving milk and cookies for Santa to eat in night?  I hardly have known all these in my childhood, as there was no such celebration around our town. Rather we grew up going to the ‘Mondir’ (Bramho religion prayer hall) in the evening for the Christmas prayer (Khristotsav) and lighting candles and then heading straight to the fair (Poush mela) to gobble up delicious cakes at the ‘Monginis’ or ‘sugar and spice’ cake shops. As kids Baba used to read us goodnight stories of Santa coming to some kid’s house to fulfill her secret wish, whom Baba always mentioned as the well behaved, obedient good girl. But still Christmas definitely meant a lot of goodies like the enormous fruit and nut cake that Maa used to bake and chocolates that our uncles brought for us on that day…this continued for quite some time till Maa started her own business and Christmas became another day of soaking the fun n food at the fair.

Later as I grew up my love for cooking and baking became evident and when Grandpa gifted Maa one OTG my imagination went wild. I started baking all the cakes that caught my fancy in the magazines and Christmas was a great reason for me to make all our family’s favourite cakes at one go. Then last year the cookie mania caught me hard and now I have almost stopped buying biscuits for entertaining guests. I bake them on regular basis.

I saw these great cookies Here and immediately knew I have to make them. It almost looked like an artwork on the plate and with chocolates and peanut butter it can hardly go wrong. These have already been baked in my kitchen twice. First time I halved the amount as was not sure who will eat but everyone prove me wrong. They were literally gone in no time. So again a few days back baked a huge batch of 70 cookies. But now he plans to gift these to his office colleagues…

Preparing these cookies are a little tacky but just follow the instruction and you would be great. I have tweaked the measurement a little (you know me less butter!) for the original recipe check the above link.

Peanut Butter N Chocolate Marble Cookies
 (I got 70)

Chocolate Dough: 
Flour: 11/2 cups
Egg: 1
Butter: 3 tbsp
Castor sugar: 1/3 cup (I used sugar free natura)
Oil: 4 tbsp
Chocolate: 4 tbsp
Cocoa Powder: 8 tbsp
Baking Powder: 1/3 tsp
Salt: Pinch

Peanut Butter Dough:
Flour: 2 cups
Baking Powder: ½ tsp
Butter: 3 tbsp
Sugar: 1/2  cup (Again used sugar free natura)
Oil: 4 tbsp
Peanut butter: 4 tbsp
Salt: a pinch
Egg: 1

Sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and coco powder together and keep aside.
Cream the butter, oil and sugar till creamy and light (aprox. 3 minutes). Pour in the melted chocolate to this and whisk till it becomes smooth. Slowly add the egg and beat on low for a few second.
Add the dry ingredients to this in two batches and mix to get a smooth dough. Divide in two, Wrap in cling film and chill for 2 hours.

Follow the same for the peanut butter dough with the ingredients listed there in. divide, cover and chill for atleast 2 hours.

To prepare the cookie log take one of each dough. Clean your work surface or take something like an wooden cutting board. Spread some cling film on top (please see notes below). Place one dough in the center and cover it with a big piece of cling film. Roll this to a rectangle of ¼” thickness, cut in half. Do the same with the other dough separately.

Now place one half of the peanut butter dough on the top of the chocolate dough. Roll and fold in half. Roll slightly and again fold in half. Roll this to a tight log and fold in half again. Roll it out and then finally start rolling it from the smaller side. Tightly cover in cling film and chill for 4-5 hours (I chilled it over night).

Before baking the cookies, preheat the oven at 180 C and grease a cookie tray lined with foil. Take out the log and slice in ¼-1/6” thickness. Place on the baking sheet little apart from each other. Bakes for 8-12 minutes or till the sides start to change colour to a light golden.

Cool them on wire rack and store in air tight container.

Enjoy with coffee.

All of you who praised my coffee mug, I got this one free in the Bru Capuchino Big box. Rush to your nearest shop to get this.

A Homemaker’s Note:
Chilling the dough is very very important. Even while slicing the log if you feel its becoming sticky chill it once again or the shape and pattern would be lost.

Cant emphasize more on using the cling films while rolling. That way it does not stick to the rolling pin or to bottom and handling the spread dough becomes way easier. Also that way you use less oil or flour, which makes it either sticky or dry.

While slicing, always rotate the log after each slice. That way you will get perfect rounds every time.

Put the remaining dough back to the fridge when one batch is being baked.

The dough could be stored for 3-4 days in fridge and the cookies could be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.

If you find the marblelling process tedious just layer one dough on another, roll, freeze and slice. you will get amazing pinwheel cookies.

21.12.10 I baked an eggless version for our neighbors today, it came out well. I replaced egg with milk and flaxseed meal.

Goes straight to
1. Champa's Bake off.
3. Ground nut festival to Chitra amma's kitchen.
4. Monthly Mingle: Chocolate Extravaganza, this month hosted at Ria's Collection.
5. Tastebud's Choco Delight Event.
6. Its the time to Jingle again at Asan khana.

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