The church biscuit: 59. Peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuit

Peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuit on Lou Rota's 'Nature Table ' plate (for Anthropologie)

Peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuit on Lou Rota’s ‘Nature Table ‘ plate (for Anthropologie)

I had great plans this week for exploring biscuit making using almond butter after Waitrose had been successful in bringing both almond butter and cashew nut butter to my attention. I got even more excited after reading Dan Lepard’s article on nut butters in the online Guardian. Unfortunately the jar of almond butter we picked up was all of 170 g when the recipe called for 200g or more.  As the vicar had to go out on call, we thrust a small shopping list in his hand and asked him to divert his journey via Waitrose (probably a couple of miles out of his way in each direction…) The vicar returned … but with a jar of peanut butter, albeit not the one with the familiar bright blue or bright red lid.. A short altercation followed with both of us on insecure ground – perhaps I had written the wrong thing down or perhaps the vicar had misread it, either being just as likely. The shopping list retrieved  from an overloaded pocket (a small point of ongoing contention) saw the vicar crestfallen and apologetic (unnecessary but touching) and daughter No 3 got on with making the biscuits with crunchy organic peanut butter (‘absolutely no added sugar’ according to the label). At this point we discovered we only had soft dark sugar but as it really wasn’t a good idea to send the vicar off again, we made do…

The church biscuit: 58. Peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuits

The church biscuit: 58. Peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuits


50 g soft light brown sugar (we only had soft dark)

50 g golden caster sugar

1 egg

1 teasp vanilla extract

1 teasp honey

200 g crunchy peanut butter

50 g wholemeal flour

50 g Self Raising flour

50g dark chocolate chips

Maeks about 30 biscuits

Preheat the oven to 170º C/ 150 º C for a  fan oven/ Gas Mark 3

Prepare a couple of baking sheets lined with baking parchment (we make small biscuits so use both trays twice)

Cream the butter and the sugars, then add the egg, vanilla extract, honey and the peanut butter.

Sift in the flours and then add in the chocolate chips.

Put rounded teaspoon full dollops on to the baking trays.

Cook for 10-15 minutes.

Peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuits

Peanut butter and chocolate chip biscuits

Note: We put our fan oven on 170º which was too hot (hence I’ve quoted 150º for a fan oven above) as you can see from the photographs. The second batch was rather more overcooked (daughter No 3 and I got chatting) so I’ve not shown them. (I kept them hidden in their tin and produced them with some reluctance upon request – less discerning eaters seemed quite happy with them.)

Possibly 50 g was insufficient for the chocolate chips. We shall try these again at the right temperature and with more chocolate. They were good – but not great – biscuits.

Some recipes suggest adding salt but even this organic, hand knitted nut butter, lovingly made of peanuts raised with consideration and tolerance in a non shouty environment had no need for extra salt, so I think we can safely omit it altogether, especially if you only have to hand the stuff with the bright red or bright blue lid (and no vicar to send out on a foraging mission). But now I’m just getting silly. We shall experiment with the more sophisticated nut butters another time.

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  1. Katie
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Fun post, and oh, the poor, crestfallen vicar! I bake for Sunday mornings as well and enjoy your recipe adventures.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 22, 2015 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Poor vicar indeed. He is very organised and I am more of a spur of the minute impulse follower – a bit of a problem sourcing out of stock ingredients when you live surrounded by fields.
      I’d love to hear what you bake for Sunday mornings, Katie.

  2. Rachel
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I love peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, these are my husbands favorite (I just do all chocolate chips instead of the two kinds)
    If you want to try them I could email you the weights (I converted it for my own use)

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 22, 2015 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Thanks Rachel, I’d love to have a tried and tested recipe – I was a bit disappointed with this one.

  3. Becky
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Permalink


    I would have been happy with one from the first or second batch I am sure. I wish I had a group of people to make biscuits for so I would only be able to eat the rejects myself. As it is, if I baked them I would be tempted to scoff the lot of them myself (probably on the same day). The other people in my house only occassionaly eat a biscuits, I’m not sure what is wrong with them.

    Thanks very much for an amusing post and I hope the Vicar was rewarded with his share. Bx xxx

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 22, 2015 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Too right Becky, that’s why I enjoy baking biscuits for church as it saves me being tempted to eat too many.
      The vicar always gets a goodly amount and is of the little and often school so doesn’t tend to overindulge.

  4. Posted July 22, 2015 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Good natured vicar to make the detour say I! The biscuits do look nice, the photograph of the frog stalking the biscuit is very funny too X

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 22, 2015 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Penny – you’re too kind about the biscuits but glad you liked the photograph.

  5. Posted July 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Poor vicar indeed. But as you say, acquiring the more non-standard ingredients is always a challenge!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 23, 2015 at 7:22 am | Permalink

      I’ll pass your sympathies on Rachel. I blame Delia who began sending us scurrying for limes and cranberries and coriander … all of which I now take as standard …

  6. Dixie Lee
    Posted July 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    When salt is called for it might be as an aid in helping the biscuits rise – especially in a recipe like this with some heavy ingredients (peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and wholemeal flour) and very little leavening (only in the self-rising flour.)

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      I hardly ever add salt nowadays and accordingly find I’m even more aware of salt than before. My mother would have added salt to almost everything! Thanks for these thoughts, Dixie.

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