Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies - Surprise!

First off, I want to thank everyone for the flood of supportive comments and emails that I received about my last entry! I really can't express how much all of your warm wishes means to me. This blog has been a huge part of my life ever since starting it about eight months ago. It's brought me so much joy and happiness. I've never been so passionate about anything before in my entire life, and I'm sad about having to put it on the back burner for a while...

But I assure you that I am trying very hard to queue up some posts so that I can still continue to share recipes with all of you while I'm away. So, please don't think that I'm going to abandon blogging all together until June. The posts will be sporadic and less frequent. But I promise that I'll be posting here and there, so not to worry! I'm sorry if I scared some of you into thinking that I was going completely MIA for three months straight! It's true that I won't have a kitchen and won't be able to cook, but I'll have recipes/pictures saved up so that I can still blog occasionally while I'm in Cali. =)

Ok, so onto today's recipe! These look like any boring old peanut butter cookies, right? Wrong! They're what I like to call "Peanut Butter Cookies Surprise!" What's the secret ingredient, you ask? Tee hee. You'll never guess! And you probably won't even believe me until you see the step by step photos for yourself, but it's none other than:


Bet you did a double take, didn't you? =) And I bet the first thing that came to mind was "yuck!" hehe. Because I know that's exactly what I thought, too, when I first saw the recipe.

Ok, so here's how this whole peanut-butter-ketchup-cookie thing came to be: last week, a fellow blogger, Mike of Good Things About Living out West, emailed me a photo of the following ketchup bottle that he came across while grocery shopping:

I was instantly intrigued and went to the website to check out the recipes. WOW. Incredibly, they put ketchup in a lot of popular desserts! I'm talking: apple pie, cookies, and cakes! The PB cookies were so especially disgusting sounding that I had to bake them immediately- just to, you know, prove that they were disgusting. lol.

So Mike and I decided to do a collaborative blog project where we'd both try one of the ketchup cookie recipes and post on the same day! That way, we can let our readers know how TWO ketchup dessert recipes panned out! Fun! So make sure to check out his blog for Spice Ketchup cookies.

Ok, here goes nothing! In the spirit of weird kitchen experiments, I give you: PB Ketchup Cookies!

It started out innocently enough. Combine the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and peanut butter.

Now comes the secret ingredient! And an egg. Eww. I was definitely feeling thoroughly disgusted at this point! hehe. =)

But it all mixed together quite nicely, and I couldn't smell the ketchup anymore. I took it as a good sign and moved right along.

Combine the dry ingredients until well incorporated.

Place rounds onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Dip a fork into some flour...

...then press it into the dough.

Make little "tic tac toe" lines on the cookies with your fork. Then pop them into the 375F oven for about 8-10 minutes.

When I tried these, I really cautiously put 1/4 of a cookie into my mouth. As did Hubby. We were expecting it to be entirely disgusting, but to our surprise, it wasn't! =)

They actually tasted like any old PB cookie and you really couldn't detect much of a difference unless you knew it was there. There was just a sliiiight hint of something, and it tasted more like a spice than anything else - not like ketchup anything!

The crumb of the cookie was nice, though! It was super soft and had a great texture. Wow, who would've thought to put ketchup in a PB cookie!

Are these better than regular PB cookies? Probably not. They're delicious cookies, but not superior in any way. But wouldn't it be fun to bake up a batch and have your friends try to guess what the secret ingredient was?? I know I had fun doing so! They'll be in so much shock when you tell them that you just fed them a cookie made with ketchup! =)

All in all, it was a pretty fun experiment! And they were pretty yummy, as all PB cookies are. Give it a whirl just for fun!

Click HERE for the recipe.


  1. Very strange ingredient. I was just wandering why add Ketchup to a recipe if it was not gonna play a part in the taste. Do you think it gave a different texture to the cookie?

  2. LOL! good question! i was actually thinking the same thing. =) although i really did like the texture of the cookie, i'm not sure if it was because of the ketchup. i really don't think the ketchup did much for the cookie, other than the slight hint of spice in the back of your mouth. maybe it's one of those "i added ketchup to a cookie just because i could" type of recipes! lol. =)

  3. And here I thought that you chose the "best" cookie recipe of the Heinz list of cookeis! :) Funny, I thought my "dough" - more like "batter" was disgusting looking - kind of a "orangey-rust" color. Anyway - they did turn out great - definitely worth trying. I'm still planning on making these (might even use the organic peanut butter), since everyone loves peanut butter cookies, don't they! Love the criss-cross... so nostalgic for a PB cookie!

  4. They look like good 'ole peanut butter cookies - even with the ketchup. I agree it would be fun to make them and have your guests guess the secret ingredient!

  5. Wow I never would've guessed. You're a brave one, Judy! I'm glad they turned out well and no food was wasted, but it does seem like more of a means to draw attention to their product than a crucial addition to the cookie hehe.

  6. That is just wild! So funny that you couldn't wait to try it! :D

  7. LOVE IT althought i dont think i would try it!

  8. That's awesome!! I would have thought they'd be disgusting too, but now I sort of want to try them myself :) I'm going to go browse the rest of the recipes that use ketchup!


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