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This Peanut Butter Cookie Has A Refreshing Secret

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Welcome to The Cookbook Cookie Parade: a new cookie from a new cookbook every Friday. Are your sheet pans (and stomachs) ready?

Today: Comforting peanut butter and refreshing peppermint combine to create an unforgettable cookie.

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In an effort to marry slow food ideals with the realities of fast paced, urban life, food writer Elettra Wiedemann created Impatient Foodie in 2014. Here, she shares discovering and developing a unique flavor combo from her newest cookbook, Impatient Cookies, available now.


Bet you've never had this flavor combo before.
Bet you've never had this flavor combo before. Photo by Mark Weinberg

A few weeks ago, I told you that leftover tortellini on top of a pancake, topped with a fried egg or two is the absolute JAM. Now, I am back with another unique flavor combination that is absolutely delightful: peanut butter and peppermint.

I discovered the peppermint-peanut butter flavor combination at an ice cream parlor near Nyack, New York, a few summers ago. Known locally for its crazy flavors, the shop’s freezers displayed swirly, colorful, kitchen sink-style ice cream messes. As I asked for various samples, I felt (and possibly acted) like a 3-year old. A bite of mint chocolate chip with peanut butter swirl practically got me singing. Chocolate and peanut butter is an already beloved flavor combo, but when you add peppermint into the mix it provides a just a hint of refreshment on your tongue. Immediately, I started dreaming of the flavor as a cookie.

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When I got home that night, I searched online for peppermint-peanut butter cookie recipes, but came up blank. I was shocked. For a food writer like me, finding a recipe that hasn’t been done to death feels similar to discovering a unicorn. It’s really that thrilling! Once I saw the world was missing a Peanut Butter Peppermint Chip Cookie, I immediately began testing and developing until I got it just right.

This recipe is fast, easy, and creates a treat that surprises everyone. I first made these cookies for a group of friends, and though they loved them, I wanted an objective audience. The real test was a bake sale benefitting the ACLU earlier this year. At first, people seemed skeptical of peppermint and peanut butter—“No way that can be good!”—and some even sneered at me. I encouraged everyone to buy just one cookie. Even if they hated it, it'd be benefitting the ACLU. After about 3 hours, I sold all 65 cookies, and multiple people came back for seconds (and thirds!). I even had people contact me on Instagram asking for the recipe. It appeared the world was ready for my unicorn.

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Peanut Butter Peppermint Chip Cookies

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Makes about 10 cookies
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 5 mint chocolate sandwich candies, halved
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Any crazy flavor combination you're convinced works? Tell us about it in the comments?

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