Peanut butter building site cookies

Peanut butter building site cookies

B.I.Y. Bake It Yourself

These are my dad’s favourite. Whenever we’re on a building site and it’s his turn to go and get the biscuits, he always comes back with these. I learned to make them years ago, mainly just to have some in reserve for when we couldn’t find a shop that sold them. These days I still can’t seem to make enough and my daughters are now hooked on them, too. It looks as though three generations of Burrs will be dunking for just a bit too long and fishing these out of the bottom of a cuppa. You can too, if you like.


Quantity Ingredient
120g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120g crunchy peanut butter
120g caster sugar
120g light soft brown sugar, (don’t be tempted to use dark brown; it makes them sink)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
120g porridge oats
50g unsalted peanuts

Tool kit

Quantity Ingredient
3 baking trays or sheets
electric whisk
wire cooling rack
palette knife


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line 3 baking trays or sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Beat together the butter, peanut butter and the sugars with an electric whisk until smooth and light-coloured. Beat in the egg and vanilla bean paste.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, mix in the oats, then fold them into the wet mixture, mixing well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Take teaspoon-sized blobs of mixture and shape them into rough balls using 2 spoons. (If you use your fingers, the butter will melt and you’ll end up with a sticky mess.) Load all the baking trays with blobs of mixture, leaving plenty of space for the cookies to spread out.
  5. Stick 2–3 peanut halves into the top of each blob of mix, neaten them up with your fingers and bake for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Take out and allow to stand for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack with a palette knife. They will still be soft at this stage, so be gentle with them. Eat the lot, then go back to step 1.


  • This recipe has a level 1 (beginner) difficulty.


  • These are excellent as they are, but if you feel like mucking around with them I can highly recommend making chocolate peanut butter cookies, either by spreading them with melted chocolate or adding chocolate chips to the dough.
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