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Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing


I was listening to a podcast the other day and I heard a great phrase.

They were talking about life in your 40’s and how it’s different to life in your 20’s. Aside from the obvious inabilities to stay awake past 10:30pm and the lack of pelvic floor control there was one main difference.

You’d already given all your F’s (excuse the language but you get the drift!).

In your 20’s you’re obsessed with the latest; fashions, music, trends. It’s an expensive and emotionally exhaustive time trying to be more like everyone else as you navigate adult life.

In your 30’s you start of the journey of self discovery. This may be by default as you start to feel like the sad Grandma on the disco requesting the Back Street Boys when everyone else is jamming out to highly repetitive music and you realise, whilst face down in a tub of ice cream at 2am, that your youth is gone (not me….a friend?!). You start to quest for the answers to life, you read books, visit a guru or two and finally decide that turning into your mother isn’t as bad as your 16 year old self thought.

Then in your 40’s you start to no longer care so much about what other people think. About how you look, how you dress, how you act. You’ve spent so long being other peoples versions of yourself that your exhausted and no longer have the energy to be anything other than you.

I don’t think hitting 40 gives you a newfound sense of self-esteem the size of Everest or makes you immune to the judgement of others but maybe it’s just a sense of being more comfortable with who you are. There’s 20 years more life experience under your belt (which probably comes from Kmart now rather than David Jones) and understanding of what’s important in your life (like that trackies on the couch are way more comfortable than high heels on the dance floor).

So whilst I’m not quite 40 yet (10 months to go) I think I must have used the last of my F’s yesterday because this morning I found myself mowing the lawns in my Pajamas. Fresh from an interrupted night sleep with not 1 but 2 cases of Hand Foot Mouth in the house, with bed hair, crusty eyes and no bra I decided that those weeds on the nature strip had taunted me for the very last time. Sure I could have found my underwear, I could have used a hair brush or cleaned my teeth but I didn’t care.  I just didn’t care if anyone saw me or what they thought.

I didn’t give a royal fart!!

I wouldn’t call it liberating and it definitely wasn’t fashionable, but I think it marks a new chapter in my life of caring less about what others think and more about what matters.

Like cookies.

These Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing are 6yo S’s newest favourite cookie. The problem with being the child of a recipe developer is that you usually only get things once in the development phase and again after the photos have been taken. After that the recipe goes into the archives and new ones are made. These Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing have been the exception.

They’ve been on the baking roster for the past 2 months now and they never get sick of them. I first saw them in the Queens Fine Food Christmas Baking Magazine and was inspired to make my own version. As per normal, whilst they look the same as the original they have nothing else in common (expect for the use of Queens products…not sponsored -I wish!!!).

These Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing are made using Sweet Potato and lots of peanut butter giving a delicious soft texture. On top of the cookies are a generous serving of Chocolate Icing (aka ganache) and some sneaky sprinkles.

Like all cookies made with hidden veggies, these Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing taste best within 24 hours of being baked but can be kept longer in an airtight container or even frozen for when you’ve had a hard day (like lawn mowing in your PJ’s!).

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Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing

These super soft and delicious Peanut Butter Cookies are made using a secret healthy ingredient and lots of peanut butter
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 20



    Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing

      Peanut Butter Cookies

      • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
      • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
      • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
      • 1/3 Cup Sweet Potato Puree to make puree place a whole, unpeeled Sweet Potato in a moderate oven for 60-80 minutes, or until soft and gooey
      • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
      • 1 Egg
      • 3/4 Cup Arrowroot
      • 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
      • 1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda Baking Soda
      • Dash of Salt

      Chocolate Icing

      • 100 grams Chocolate see recipe below to make your own
      • 1/3 cup coconut cream can opened and in fridge overnight; spoon out thickened cream leaving behind watery contents
      • 1 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
      • 1 teaspoons Vanilla Extract


      • makes 100 grams
      • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
      • 1/4 Cup Cocoa
      • 1 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
      • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
      • Dash of Salt



        Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing

          Peanut Butter Cookies

          • Preheat the oven to 180C/360F. Line and grease 2 baking trays.
          • Using blender or a hand held blender, place all the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix til combined.
          • Add the dry ingredients and blend on low until a nice dough forms. Scrape down the edges of the bowl at least once to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
          • Take heaped Tablespoon amounts of mixture and form into a ball. Place the ball on the tray and, using your palm or a spoon, flatten 2/3rd way down. The cookies will only spread a little bit. Repeat and use the other trays.
          • Bake the Peanut Butter Cookies for 13-15 minutes.
          • Allow to cool on the tray before icing. Actually they don't need icing as they are perfectly tasty just as they are but it does give them an extra fantastic taste!
          • Cooled cookies can be kept in an airtight container but they will soften the longer they are left (so eat more!)

          Chocolate Icing

          • Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heat proof bowl. Add coconut oil and vanilla extract.
          • In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring the coconut cream to the boil.
          • Pour boiling cream into the chocolate bowl and whisk to combine.
          • Allow to cool abit, but not harden, before using.
          • If the chocolate icing cools and hardens, place the heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
          • Whisk gently until the lumps have broken and the ganache is smooth.


          • Over a very low heat, melt the coconut oil.
          • Add the maple syrup and vanilla and whisk until combined.
          • Add the cocoa and whisk until combined and slightly thickened. Add salt.
          • Pour into a dish lined with baking paper and freeze until set (minimum 30 minutes)


          Adapted from Queens Fine Foods Christmas Book

          3 Comments to Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Icing

          1. Completely agree! I’m 45 & I think that maybe what happened for me was I realized that others ’ opinions didn’t make a difference, and when that was no longer a factor in my decision-making, I found out what I really wanted. It’s very liberating.

            • That’s great Sarah. We spend, no waste, so much time factoring things and people into our lives that don’t make us happy. We need to spend that time on better things…like baking and eating!

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