Peanut Butter Crunch Shortbread

by Kathy Strahs on July 18, 2011 · 11 comments

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These little five-ingredient Peanut Butter Crunch Shortbread elephants marched their way into my kitchen the other day. Even though they’re made with peanut butter (get it – elephants? peanuts? ha ha), the crunch doesn’t actually come from peanuts. Even better: it’s turbinado sugar.

Until now, I’d only ever used turbinado sugar – the kind with the large golden crystals – on two types of occasions: to stir into coffee when “regular” sugar wasn’t available or to sprinkle on top of muffins. It never occurred to me to bake with it. I’m glad that a shortbread recipe on the back of a turbinado sugar package enlightened me to its crunchy potential. What you get is a sandy-textured peanut butter shortbread (the peanut butter was my contribution to the recipe) with coarse sugar pebbles interspersed throughout. It’s fabulous!

It’s gotten me thinking about other baking situations where you might want an extra sugar crunch inside your dough or batter…like maybe pie crusts? Or biscotti? How about pancakes? Apparently you can substitute turbinado sugar one for one with refined sugar in recipes. I still have a few cups left in this bag…I’m ready to experiment!

Peanut Butter Crunch Shortbread

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Cookin' Canuck July 18, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Turbinado is one of my favorites for adding a little crunch and sparkle. These are adorable cookies!


tami July 19, 2011 at 5:03 AM

these are adorable 🙂 i’m a sucker for peanut butter cookies…


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 19, 2011 at 5:39 AM

I only found turbinado this year for a recipe – love it! The first pic is too darn cute 🙂


Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM

These are adorable and they sound delicious!


Marla July 19, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Love turbinado sugar. Those little elephants are darling 🙂


Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! July 19, 2011 at 7:04 AM

Big hit with my daughter! She says you should make carrot shortbread shaped as bunnies next.


HeatherChristo July 19, 2011 at 8:28 AM

These look so great! I love peanut butter anything!


La Phemme Phoodie July 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

These cookies are adorable. You don’t have to make food look fun for me to want to eat it but I know there is no way I could pass these up if I saw them. The fact that they have turbinado sugar is a definite draw too.


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen July 19, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I love the elephant shapes and I can’t wait to try shortbread with peanut butter!


Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie July 27, 2011 at 5:25 AM

So cute! I think I’ve only used turbinado for topping too.


Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} August 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

5 ingredients!? What a fabulous after school snack! They are so cute.


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