Malawi Peanut Balls (Mtedza)

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I’ve never really liked peanut butter. Peanut butter is just so rich and sticky, and only really tastes good when paired with lots and lots of jelly and bread. However, these cookies are crumbly and buttery and just taste so good. They remind me of peanut shortbread.

I originally intended for this post to go with “Alphabet Around the World,” but these were too good to wait until the letter “M”. They’re cute bite-sized treats – perfect for a tea party or the like.

Malawai Peanut Balls

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. Chop the roasted peanuts into fine pieces. (I think a food processor might work for this, however be careful not to over-process, or you will end up with peanut butter.)
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and crushed peanuts.
  4. Stir in the flour.
  5. Divide into 2 tablespoon sized portions (easiest with a small ice cream scooper) and roll into balls.
  6. Bake at 350, for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. While they are hot, roll in powdered sugar.
  8. Place on a rack and allow to cool completely.
  9. If desired, roll in powdered sugar again.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve made countless versions of chocolate chip cookies: some calling for bread flour, others for egg yolks, some even for vanilla beans and brown butter and the like, but I’ve found, when it comes down to it, simplicity is best.

These cookies are good. They’re not too thin, not too thick, not too crispy, not too soft. They’re not the most extravagant cookies – they’re far from it – but they’re buttery and chocolatey, and sometimes simplicity is best.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

recipe adapted from here.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups (12 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 bag (2 cups) semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients until there are no streaks of flour. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour (or just skip this step – most of the time i do)
  6. Divide the dough into 2 tablespoons sized portions, and then bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Bake for shorter or more time depending on personal preferences. 🙂