Payday Cookies



I don’t know know why, but as we were leaving the airport I suddenly felt a little creative and wondered if I could make a cookie that was like the Payday candy bar – sweet, peanuty, and a touch of saltiness. Here is my recipe which is based note Brown Sugar cookie from Cook’s Illustrated. The recipe uses one of my favorite ingredients – browned butter. I misread the recipe so I’ve reproduced it below the way I cooked them tonight.


14 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups and 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups salted peanuts
* Salt as needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 10 tablespoons butter in a stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Cook swirling  constantly until the butter begins to turn brown and has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl with the rest of the butter until combined. Set aside.

Combine the sugars and add the egg, egg yolks, and vanilla. Add the butter to the sugar mixture.

Add the sugar mixture to the flour and stir until just combined.  Roll the dough into a ball and cover in peanuts. If the peanuts are only lightly salted, add a few sprinkles of salt on the cookies. Bake on parchment covered sheet for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just turning color (the centers will look underdone). Cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes then remove to racks to cool.