Peanut Butter Poppers. You Can’t Stop At Just One. And Yes, They Are Better Than Pringles.

Remember the old Pringles ad? Once you pop…you can’t stop! Same goes for these babies.

I love peanut butter. I really do. I have loved it since kindergarten, when I used to take PBnJ sandwiches to school. And when I moved back to India, I was very disappointed- as saddened and melancholy as a ten-year-old could be- to encounter the peanut butter that was available in India then. I’m talking mid-1990s, in Kerala, no imported Skippy and Jif and American Garden; no home-grown Sundrop; only one brand called Prutina and it was very upsetting indeed. In taste, texture and packaging. 90’s kids from India, remember this?

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I mean, this stuff was so coarse, it would break toast. As in, if I tried to spread it on toast, the bread gave away beneath my butter knife.

But, since I was not a whiny kid, I just did without for years. And sparingly ate peanut butter every time someone would bring back a jar or two from abroad. Sheesh.

I missed peanut butter. I really did. It was like I left behind an old friend.

Anyway. Skip to today when we get all kinds of peanut butter in different flavours/jars/textures! I love it. I don’t care that I am in my late 20’s and still consume it like a kindergartener. Peanut butter is awesome. It may not be on the higher end of the phancy scale, like chocolate fondue or marzipan, but it’s still pretty darn good. And the only thing better than peanut butter in a sandwich is peanut butter BAKED. The chewy goodness and sheer delight of biting into a peanut butter cookie or brownie or cutting your spoon into chocolate and peanut butter pie…

This recipe for quick peanut butter cookies has been doing the rounds. I found it on The Patterned Plate first, which led me to the recipe at Gluten-Free Girl, and it was so easy, there was no way I could not try it. Plus, I had a brand new cake pops pan that I had been dying to use, and this seemed perfect for it. Instead of cookies, I could make little peanut butter cookie pops!! I thought it would be fun to make these cookies into little candylike balls which you could just pop in your mouth, one after another.

I used Sundrop Peanut butter, the creamy option. I have seen Sundrop peanut butter in stores, but I never bothered to pick it up, assuming it would not be that great. I’d head straight for imported Skippy and stick with that, even though it was the more expensive option of the two. But since I wanted to try this recipe as soon as I possibly could, I had to choose Sundrop since my neighbourhood grocer did not have Skippy in stock. And you know what? I am glad I did. Sundrop creamy peanut butter is pretty great. It is smooth, creamy, not overly sweet and spreads like a dream, without damaging crumbly soft bread. And priced at Rs 160 for a 462 gram jar, it is value for money too. (I read a positive review of Sundrop peanut butter in the July issue of BBC Good Food India, but they also add that there is a higher sodium content. I checked the label, and it is 118 mg for every 2 tablespoons, to be exact.)

I actually wanted crunchy, but my grocer didn’t have crunchy. So I added some rolled oats just to give it some texture. I have so much lying around, and I am always looking for ways to use it. I am not really big on oatmeal.

PEANUT BUTTER POPPERS (Adapted from Gluten Free Girl)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs (The original calls for just one egg; I used two because I was adding oats and felt that an extra egg would help bring everything together.)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup castor or white sugar, to roll the dough in

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • In a large bowl, cream sugar and peanut butter.
  • Then add in the egg and baking powder and beat some more.
  • Add in the rolled oats and beat a little more.
  • You will get a sticky, slicky batter. I guess this may vary depending on the brand of peanut butter you use; but I got a really slick batter.
  • Roll into little balls with your hands, coat them in sugar, and place in a cake pop tray.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes at 180C
  • Cool and serve!

Store in an airtight container. I reckon this can last for upto a week; but we finished ours in 3 days.

Chewy, crunchy around the edges and fast…you cannot stop at just one!!

My peanut butter poppers came out with a little caramelized sugary lace around the edges, giving the effect of a flying saucer. This would make a great party treat if your child is a sci-fi fan and wants to have an X-Files or alien-themed party. (Just a suggestion. Easier than making UFO shaped cupcakes, right?)

Sometimes, instant is most exceedingly good, C :)

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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38 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Poppers. You Can’t Stop At Just One. And Yes, They Are Better Than Pringles.

  1. I spied this while I had 30 seconds of an internet connection at the beach and had to wait to get home to actually respond… I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!! These are so so cute! I don’t have a fancy pop pan, but Caroline’s recipes are gorgeous and I usually can’t find the ingredients in my losery grocery to pull them off. So happy to report that I have everything I need to crank these out!

  2. Oh gosh these look delicious! Peanut butter is my weakness- I always make sure I have an emergency jar in the pantry, especially as the availability of natural PB in Mumbai is so sporadic! Have you tried almond butter? It’s equally as addictive!

    • PB Is addictive! Organic peanut butter is available at Fabindia under their oragnics label, but I have never tried it. The bad stuff is just too good to give up! But I want to try and make my own one day. I have come across almond butter and almond milk in many recipes, but I am yet to try it. I really want to though!

  3. I better buy a muffin tray soon! I can’t wait to make these.
    I didn’t try peanut butter till I was in my teens since my parents detest it. When I did try it, it was the horrible Prutina. Ugh! But now I’m a toal fan :)
    You must try Skippy’s honey roasted variety! Delish!

  4. these look delish – as soon as I get a kitchen with an oven, i’m going through the archives on your blog and Heather’s! I LOVE peanut butter! When I first came to spain, it was the same story – couldn’t find it anywhere, I have now found it (my delight when I first saw it here was something of a sight in the middle of a supermarket full of spaniards who couldn’t understand my excitement at seeing peanut butter!) but it’s not the same as the ones back in England. I have found sunPat, but it is hugely expensive for a teeny tiny jar, so I stick to the not-as-good but still tasty ones we can get and savour the good stuff on trips home!

    • Yay!! I’m so glad you like it and I’m so glad that there are others out there who share similar woeful peanut butter tales. I did not know that Spain was not big on peanut butter. I can only imagine your joy at finding some at that store. I think peanut butter has become quite a global phenomenon now :P

      • haha! I brought some proper English peanut butter home with me, so I’m good about a month…week..day?! At least I can get some peanut butter now, even if it’s not as tasty! Didn’t find the sweet tarts though!

  5. Haha! Love it! I came to PnB very late, but have been making up for it ever since! I love too, the lattice effect you have on yours and the addition of oats can only be a good thing. Who wants phancy when darn tooting delicious is at your fingertips!

      • Oh droooooooool Appam! With sweet, freshly pressed coconut milk, or with a mutton curry, or oooh with just an egg in the centre and you tear the edges to dip into it (dippy eggs Kerala style), or even, for emergencies, dipped in sugar….waaaaa, I want one!

      • Sigh. I love appam. I have never made them; I just eat them when I go home. Mutta-appam is awesome!! And appam-mutta roast. Appam with anything is good! I am craving some too, now, after your comment. Oh well. Will settle for sambar-rice.

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