It’s not Chanukah without..Cookies?! Part 4 of the Scharffen Berger Experiments

Thank you goes to Jane Mermel from RF Binder for the Scharffen Berger cocoa powder used in this recipe.

It’s that time of year again. Chanukah is a time of miracles both past and present celebrated. It’s a time for family, for getting together, for laughter and warmth. Best of all, it’s a time for food. Not just any kind, but rich, delicious foods that warm both heart and soul. It’s memory making food. Many people I know celebrate with latkes ( made from potato and root vegetables of every type) or sufganiot (rich donuts filled with jam or custard).

Me and my family? We love cookies, and this year we have a new recipe to try.

For us, it’s not Chanukah without cookies. DH grew up eating Chanukah cookies, and I will take cookies over latkes and sufganiot any day. I recently conducted an experiment with the following recipe ( Callebaut vs. Scharffen Berger) for chocolate peanutbutter cookies, and it was a tie! If it was that good, I decided, it was good enough for my family.  Here’s the recipe, adapted from (as most of my pastry recipes are) Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio (pg 38 the 1-2-3 Cookie Dough)

Chocolate PeanutButter Cookies: these may be a new family favorite.

Combine 2 oz sugar, 4 oz butter or margarine, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 6 oz flour. ( I added 4 scant tsp cocoa powder and 3 oz peanutbutter) Mix together, and roll into small balls ( The book calls for 1-1/2inch, but I made balls about half that size and was very happy) Space out on a cookie tray, bake at 350F for 20 mins. I left mine sit in the oven for 5 mins extra to get a bit crispy, but if you don’t like that, remove and let cool a little, then  move to cooling tray to cool completely.

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44 Responses to It’s not Chanukah without..Cookies?! Part 4 of the Scharffen Berger Experiments

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  11. Sarah says:

    My fiance would love me forever if I made him these cookies. Delicous!

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  13. Shelley says:

    So glad you joined the blog party – can’t wait to see how you used the printables to decorate your home!

    http://thekosherhome.com/chanukah-sameach/

    Shelley from The Kosher home!

  14. Every party needs cookies!!! I LOVE the combo of peanut butter and chocolate and these cookies are right up my alley.

  15. Sarah, these cookies look fabulous! Thanks for participating. :)

    My favorite tradition is having a party with the whole family.

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  17. G6 says:

    My favorite tradition is eating latkes FRESH FROM THE PAN! :)

  18. Did you say chocolate and peanut butter? must. make. these! Happy Chanukah!

  19. Esther says:

    These cookies look delicious-cant wait to try them!

  20. jessica says:

    these look awesome!

  21. Krissie says:

    I guess our tradition is cooking and baking like mad — then enjoying everything together as a family
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  22. gigi says:

    these seem really easy to prepare and look really fabulous! will have to prepare them at some point. thanks for sharing the recipe. so glad to have discovered your blog through the blog party will be back to visit agian soon! have a happy chanuka! gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  24. Ayelet May says:

    fave tradition: we love lighting the candles. Each kid pulls out their most beloved preschool creation and we sing and dance to the candlelight.

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  26. My partner just happens to be a weirdo who hates peanut butter – so not sure how these would go down (although they look delicious.)

    The best Hanukkah tradition? Has to be prepping food with loved ones – it’s so much more fun to do it as a team!

  27. Leah says:

    Looks fabulous. Love chocolate cookies!

  28. Laura says:

    You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate. My favorite tradition is having a party with family.

  29. Amital says:

    We love spending family time together, playing board games and legos with a fire in the fireplace.

  30. Devora says:

    I love cookies!

  31. i love your chocolate experiment series. The cookies look delicious!

  32. Brina says:

    My favorite chanukah tradition is singing and dancing after licht benchten, chanukah sameach.

  33. Gianna says:

    Potato latkes.

  34. Kreindy Weiss says:

    Cookies look amazing! Favorite family tradition is Chanukah parties. Happy Chanukah!

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  36. Liz Blunt says:

    Chocolate Hannukah gelt is a favorite treat at my house!

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  38. Tamar Genger says:

    I love the experiment, so fun.

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