Twitter is full to the brim with fun tidbits, lame tidbits, useful information, stupid information, and as is happening more and more with me, food inspiration. Last week, Mathew Rice, the pastry chef at one of St. Louis' best retaurants, Niche, posted a simple simple peanut butter cookie recipe. You know it's simple if it's less than 140 characters (that's the limit on twitter, if you didn't know). He said: "Easiest cookie ever. 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg. Stir, roll into balls, flatten, and bake until set."
Awesome! I was excited to try it, but felt I had to add. You see, A new bowling league has started, and our team name is "It Burns." The first week my friend Jen made jalepeno chocolate chip cookies, and another week I made Mexican brownies. So we have a bit of a spicy baked goods theme going. How could I spice up peanut butter cookies? I immediately thought of Thai food for it's use of peanuts and spice. So I curried my cookies! Not much curry flavor comes through... just enough to make you think "what is it about these cookies?" And as you may know from eating, say Pad Thai, coconut, curry and peanuts are pretty good pals.
Coconut Curry Peanut Butter Cookies
-1 cup peanut butter
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 teaspoon curry powder
-2 Tablespoons coconut powder
-sweetened coconut for topping
Stir everything except the sweetened coconut together, roll the dough into small balls (about 1 inch diameter), flatten on a cookie sheet. Press a pinch of sweetened coconut into the top of each. Bake at 350ºF until set, about 8 minutes or so.