Kirsten Tibballs, who Masterchef proclaims ‘the queen of chocolate’, is one of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally respected pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Kristen is Pastry Chef and Director of Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School in Melbourne and is generously sharing several of her Halloween recipes with Gourmet News readers over coming days.
Spider Peanut Cookies
(Peanut Butter Cookies)
Makes: 30-35 cookies
240g unsalted butter
80g caster sugar
300g brown sugar
2 whole eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
130g crunchy peanut butter
400g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
200g Callebaut milk chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 170˚C. Mix the butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until the butter is fully incorporated. Add the eggs, vanilla and peanut butter and continue mixing. Sieve the flour and baking powder together into a bowl. Add the sieved dry ingredients to the mixture and lastly add the chopped chocolate chips. Remove from the stand mixer.
For each cookie, weigh out 40g of the dough and roll into balls. Place each ball onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, leaving space between each cookie to allow for spreading. Lightly press down on each ball. Bake at 170 ˚C for 10 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven and using a teaspoon, make a small dent in the middle of each cookie while they’re still warm. This will allow the spider to sit on top of the cookie. Cool the cookies at room temperature.
Recipe & Images Courtesy of Kirsten Tibballs/Evil Twin PR
Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News
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Pastry Chef & Director, Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School
Kirsten Tibballs, who Masterchef proclaims ‘the queen of chocolate, is one of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally respected pastry chefs and chocolatiers.
Kirsten represented Australia at the World Pastry Championships in Las Vegas, where she was recognised as the best in the world for her handmade chocolates, as well as winning gold in the Pastry Olympics in Germany. She has also been a judge at the World Chocolate Masters in Paris, The Patisserie Grand Prix in Japan and The World Chocolate Masters National selections in London.
Kirsten makes regular appearances on TV, including Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield, and has presented numerous chocolate challenges on Masterchef to torment the contestants.
She regularly contributes recipes and articles to a number of the worlds leading pastry publications including so good.., Pastry and Baking North America, Pastry and Baking Asia Pacific, Baking Business and Australasian Baker.
Kirsten self-published her first cookbook, Chocolate to Savour which won an award from Gourmand for Best Photography in the UK. As an ambassador for leading chocolate manufacturer Callebaut, she regularly travels throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific demonstrating her craft.