Oh, yum. Roasted Peanut Brownie Drop cookies were an unexpected wild success for me, even though they came from the Pillsbury Best 10th Grand National Bake-Off Cookbook (circa 1958), and I like the older Bake-Off cookbooks because the bakers often brought time-tested and heirloom recipes to the contest. So I was expecting something pretty tasty. Still, I was surprised by how incredibly good these are. These Brownie drops were a “Bride Second Prize Winner,” and were from a Mrs. Frank Hill. They are soft and chocolatey and full of salty crunchy roasted peanuts. You can make them either with unsweetened baking chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate. Also, they can be made in a saucepan. Very difficult to stop eating these!
Here is the recipe:
Roasted Peanut Brownie Drops
Melt 1/2 cup butter with three one-ounce squares of unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Thoroughly stir in 1-1/2 cups of sugar. Add 3 unbeaten eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in 1-1/2 cups sifted flour and one cup whole salted, roasted peanuts. Chill dough for two hours. The melted butter and chocolate will cool off and re-solidify.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (or use a small cookie scoop) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in 350 degree oven for 12-13 minutes or until cookies spring back when touched lightly.
Baking notes: There is no leavening or salt in this recipe. Be sure to chill the dough the full two hours before baking. I made the dough before dinner, and baked afterwards. The chilled consistency is very solid, which is why using a small cookie scoop works well here. If you haven’t used parchment paper yet in baking, this would be a good time to try it. Chocolate cookies are notorious for getting easily over baked or burned, but with the parchment, these baked like a dream. If you are not a peanut lover, giant chocolate chips would be good in these. Or shards of white chocolate. These would make the most fantastic ice cream sandwiches!
Spring is coming. I noticed this cardinal taking a bath in a little puddle–he seemed to be enjoying himself!
Peace to you! Fran