I’ve put some weird things in peanut butter cookies, but it never occurred to me to to add sriracha sauce. With its robust peppery flavor and a hint of garlic, why would I put it in sweets? But then along came the Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Red Hot Sriracha: 50 Recipes that Will Kick Your Ass! I couldn’t resist!
Aside from the sriracha, the peanut butter cookie dough was pretty standard and included a lot of peanut butter. Bonus points for that! I hate it when peanut butter cookies don’t have enough peanut flavor. More bonus points for the fact each ingredient includes a weight. I didn’t have to play guessing games on the true amount of flour, so my dough wasn’t too dry or too wet. It had a pleasantly fluffy texture, was easy to work with, and the cookies baked up into a perfect medium thickness and with rounded sides. As for flavor, they were peanut buttery-y and hot! I’d used a newly opened bottle of sriracha and definitely felt the kick. The garlic flavor was also quite prominent, which made for a very interesting cookie. I love chipotle peanut butter cookies and have even enjoyed peanut butter cookies with ketchup, but this sriracha addition is different. It’s going to be fun serving these and gathering opinions. Speaking of which, here’s my opinion on the book itself: I think you should buy it!
Fun “party cookies” aside, this book is a serious collection of good, solid recipes. The author, Melissa Petitto, is a professional chef who develops very approachable, tempting recipes. At one point, she worked in the Cooking Light Magazine test kitchen, and her style of recipes reminds me of Cooking Light’s style, but without the sugar and fat restrictions. Nothing in the book seems overly fussy, and from the 50 total, I have already bookmarked about 20. A few titles include the Sriracha Chickpea Salad, Fiery Glazed Nuts, Cracklin’ Candy Bacon and Black Bean Hummus with Five Spice Pita Chips and “Cin” City Spaghetti – a Cincinnati style chili with cinnamon and Sriracha. I also want to try the Smokin’ Sweet Corn Salsa and definitely the Salted Honey-Lime Popcorn. And those are just a few. There are seafood recipes, ribs, burgers, and a selection of sriracha laced drinks. And in addition to all the great recipes, there’s a full color picture of each one.
To sum it up, this book is worth adding to your collection and would be a perfect give for the fiery foods fanatics in your life. As for the cookies, you’ll have to try them and let me know what you think. I really enjoyed the texture of the cookies and might try using 1/4 cup of some other slightly acidic liquid just to play with the flavors — maybe a teaspoon of molasses mixed with water?
- 1 cup (225g/8oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 sticks)
- 1 1/2 cups (390ml/14oz) crunchy peanut butter
- 1 cup (200g/7oz) sugar
- 1 cup (220g/7oz) light brown sugar, tightly packed
- 1/4 cup (60ml/2fl oz) sriracha
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups (375g/13oz) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups (255g/9oz) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup (200g/7oz) turbinado sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Line two large baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the Sriracha, eggs, and vanilla and blend for 1 minute, or until well incorporated.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix for 1 to 2 minutes on medium speed until well blended. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Place the turbinado sugar on a plate.
- Using a 1.-tablespoon scoop, scoop the dough into balls and then roll them in the sugar. Arrange the dough 2 inches (5cm) apart on the prepared baking sheets and continue with the remaining dough.
- Flatten the dough with a fork and make a crisscross pattern on each cookie.