Monday, November 2, 2009

Peanut Brownies

This is a very old Manual Training recipe (cooking at school in the late 1960's). It is another family favourite with the added treat of a sprinkle of sugar on the top. This recipe makes about 2 dozen biscuits. I make it in my Kenwood mixer so I can just add the ingredients while it is beating all the time.


125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP cocoa
1/2 cup peanuts
extra sugar for sprinkling, (about a heaped tsp)

Preheat the oven to 180 C
Soften the butter and sugar (I use the microwave for about 20 seconds - you don't want it to melt)
Cream the butter and sugar.
Add the egg and beat well.
Add the dry ingredients, mixing well. I hold back the last 1/2 of flour and add it as it's needed. Most times I actually have to add another 1/2 cup extra. Do this after you have added the peanuts. You want the mixture to be moist enough to mould into balls, not sticky but not crumbly either.
Add the peanuts.
Mix well ( if you are doing this in the mixer you don't want to do this for much or it will break all the peanuts up) and roll into balls (about a TBSP of mixture).
Place on a baking paper lined tray (or lightly greased). Press down with a fork to about 6 or 7 mm thick.
Bake for 20 minutes until the biscuit "bounces" back when lightly pressed with a finger.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle a little bit of sugar on the top while they are still hot.
Allow to cool on a wire rack.

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