Tuesday, September 7, 2010

{twd} peanut butter crisscrosses

For the first several years of my life, my diet included large quantities of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit Roll-Ups, and Super Golden Crisp. And then my brother came along. Allergic to nearly all packaged foods, he turned our family's eating habits upside down. Instead of neon cheese for dinner and sugary cereal in the morning, thanks to him we were suddenly facing down spinach quiche after school and soy milk at the breakfast table. Clearly, I'm not responsible for anything I did or said to him between the ages of five and fifteen, right?


Amidst all of the carrot soup and carob chips, I had one saving grace: the now defunct Pam Sherman's Cafe in Uptown Minneapolis. Everything on the menu was all natural and made from scratch, so when we went there for dinner (which was often) we were given free reign with our orders. Someday I will tell you all about the main courses, but for today, all you need to know is this: every and I mean every single time we went to Pam Sherman's Cafe, my brother and I ended our meals with one of her peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies.


Pam's cookies were huge, chewy, and packed with milk chocolate chunks, and to this day, I've never had a cookie that measures up. But that doesn't keep me from trying to recreate Pam Sherman's perfect peanut butter cookie at home. Each time I test a new peanut butter cookie recipe, I try to Pam-ify it a bit, and these Peanut Butter Crisscrosses were no exception. I halved everything in the recipe except for the peanut butter, so it was packed with twice as much creamy, peanut-y goodness. (I also added a little extra sugar as I used a natural peanut butter). I omitted the nutmeg and the peanuts, and added a heaping cup of chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate but used semi-sweet since that was all I had on hand).


Pam's perfect cookie still eludes me, but Dorie's version made for a satisfying substitute. This week's pick comes to us from Jasmine of Jasmine Cuisine and you can find the recipe here.

13 comments:

Katrina said...

How fun for you to always have that cookie to try to clone!
So your brother was allergic to everything--but not peanuts? That's odd. ;)
Your cookies look great!

Tia said...

looks wonderful!

Peggy said...

At least your brother wasn't allergic to peanuts, which is odd if he had that many food allergies. I have big shellfish allergies so I feel for him. Glad you loved the cookies. I thought they were good, not great, but that is probably because I overcooked them.

natalia said...

Ciao Rachel ! I loved the story and hope you'll soon find a satisfactory recipe !! These look great !!

jillbert said...

They look wonderful! I wasn't sure about the peanuts, but I liked them in these.

THe Brother said...

My god I had forgotten about those cookies! When I think Pam Sherman's i think French Bread French Toast and Pasta with Ham and Peas!

Piggy said...

Your cookies look really great! I will try out your version if I bake the cookies again!

Ellen said...

I can't wait to try this recipe! We love peanut butter cookies and I like the adding of chocolate chips.

stacey said...

I might need to visit Pam Sherman's if it is still around. And if I make it to Minneapolis. :) Your cookies look great!

Jacque said...

Chocolate chips sound like a perfect addition. Hope you find the perfect Pam substitute someday.

Liz said...

Those giant peanut and chocolate cookies sound great! I too am always in search of the "perfect" peanut butter cookie (although I'm not sure if I've even tasted one yet) so I know the feeling of being on a quest. Glad these were a good substitute!

Jeannette said...

I think that if your brother was allergic to peanuts, that might have been the last straw, eh? ;)

I absolutely envy your pb, I can't seem to find anything around here that's not JIF or skippy. I like those, but I wouldn't mind trying the natural stuff. Or almond butter for crying out loud. Bah.

Anyhow, your cookies look great. Sorry to hear that they didn't match your beloved childhood cookie but that just means that you get to keep trying :)

Damaris said...

I'm seeing these all over the blogosphere and so jealouse that I can't get peanut butter in the US