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Roasted Peanut, Rosemary and Tomato Cookies

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These peanut cookies have a crazy secret ingredien that helps intensify the flavour --you’ll never guess the ingredient. No, it's not mashed banana. No, it's not quinoa. It's tomato paste. It might sound gross, but these cookies are chunky, nutty, chewy and taste amazing. My husband had 3 at one go and still had no idea that there's tomato paste in it.
I actually found this recipe on GoodFood, but tweaked the original recipe slightly and used a blend of white spelt flour and light rye flour instead of plain flour. A tip from my favourite baker Dan Lepard: If you want to test the flavours before committing to a whole batch, you can halve the recipe – just beat the egg and weigh to divide it.

  • 100 g White spelt flour
  • 80 g Light rye flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 130 g Unsalted butter, softened
  • 50 g Peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 30 g Tomato paste
  • 20 g Lightly alkalized cocoa powder
  • 200 g Coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 Egg, medium
  • 150 g Roasted salted peanuts, plus extra to finish
  1. Combine together the white spelt flour, light rye flour, baking powder and chopped rosemary in a bowl.
  2. Put the softened butter, peanut butter, tomato paste, cocoa powder and coconut sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in the egg.
  3. Add in the flour mixture and mix evenly to a soft dough. Mix in the roasted salted peanuts then spoon into 40 gram balls onto a tray, spaced five centimetres apart. You will have 21 cookies.
  4. With a fork dipped in water, press the dough balls out flat to about peanut thickness. Sprinkle a few extra peanuts on top of each to decorate. Bake for 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Brian 28/9/21 00:52

How very interesting, I'll bet they really do taste good.

Tom 28/9/21 01:23 interesting combination!

Bill 28/9/21 01:39

They look good, I'd try them.

babYpose 28/9/21 02:04

Amazing cookies recipe with tomato paste, and useful tips to weigh halve starts with egg. Look yummy.

J.P. Alexander 28/9/21 02:55

Gracias por la receta. Las galletas se ven muy ricas, tal vez me atreva hacerla. Te mando un beso

Jeff the Chef 28/9/21 05:43

I don't think I've ever had anything sweet with tomato in it. How cool!

Fran @ G;day Souffle 28/9/21 06:15

Your recipe only has a small amount of tomato paste in it so the taste shouldn't overwhelm the cookies anyway. I sometimes add mayonnaise to my pastries which really tastes good. Next time I'll add tomato paste and see what happens!

Graciela Bacino 28/9/21 06:39

Thanks Angie !!
Good week, with best wishes !!

delphine 28/9/21 07:28

Oh je me régale, j'adore les cookies


Angie what amazingly different cookies, but I'm sure they are delicious. I'm wondering what lightly alkalized cocoa powder is? Is is something you did to it, or can you buy it like that? Anyway such an interesting recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this one.

Angie's Recipes 28/9/21 09:27

Alkalized cocoa powder is Dutch processed cocoa powder..some is lightly alkalized, some highly. You can also use natural cocoa powder.

Lola Martínez 28/9/21 10:04

Realmente es curioso que hayas utilizado pasta de tomate en unas ricas galletas que parecen no tener nada que ver con él. Me encanta que lleven una parte de harina de centeno que tanto me gusta. El conjunto es ideal y así lo muestran tus lindas fotos.
Un beso

Javier 28/9/21 12:27

What an original recipe! I've never used the tomato paste for cookies. Very interesting combination!

DEZMOND 28/9/21 13:31

Well, tomato is fruit after all LOL
I did use to put tomato juice in savory scones instead of egg and it worked, also in savory muffins.

Rose world 28/9/21 13:33

Interesting ingredients. I never thought of tomato in cookies.

foodtravelandwine 28/9/21 14:42

What a great combination!!.....I love your cooking style!!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

Nancy Chan 28/9/21 14:48

Looks good and yummy. First time I heard of tomato paste in cookies. Interesting recipe.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 28/9/21 14:52

wow bet the tomato adds a nice soft texture great idea!

Bernadette 28/9/21 15:36

What an unusual recipe Angie. I can't wait to try it.

Kitchen Riffs 28/9/21 16:40

Fun recipe! Don't think I've ever seen tomato paste in a cookie before. :-)

Norma2 28/9/21 17:02

Angie, the tomato paste will surely add moisture to the cookies and enhance their color.

Maria Grazia Ferrarazzo Maineri 28/9/21 17:05

An innovative mixture for a delicious preparation. I'm always enchanted by your recipes, Angie!
Have a nice day,

yonosoymillenium 28/9/21 17:30

nunca había visto unas galletas asi, desde luego son diferentes

My name is Erika. 28/9/21 18:08

I've never heard of putting tomato paste into a cookie. I bet it keeps it moist. And it must enhance the flavors. I have heard of tomato soup chocolate cake, using a can of soup as one ingredient, but I have never tried that.Thanks for sharing!

Pam 28/9/21 19:13

What an interesting and tasty combination!

David 28/9/21 19:47

Angie, Cookies that taste good with tomato paste as a key ingredient! Wow! That was unexpected but then again, your recipes tend to stretch our norms...and that's a good thing. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

lisa is cooking 28/9/21 20:44

This is so interesting! I'd love to try these. I just planted some new rosemary, so the timing is perfect.

Pedro 28/9/21 21:47

Some really original cookies that enchanted me. I’d love to taste it.
Great, Angie!
See you soon!

Cooking Julia 28/9/21 22:03

These cookies are amazing!!

Raymund 28/9/21 22:21

Say what? Tomatoes in cookies. Well this is something new for me again. Looks delish

Eva Taylor 28/9/21 22:50

What a great tip about halving the recipe, I do it often mainly because there is just the two of us and I'd rather not have so many cookies! Although the secret ingredient does sound odd, they look fantastic.

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 29/9/21 01:29

These are definitely one of the most unique cookies I've ever seen! Tomato paste doesn't sound gross at all here, and I really like the combination of other flavours here!

tigerfish 29/9/21 03:10

The name of the cookie with the word "tomato" was the first to strike me , even before reading on about the secret ingredient ;p Very interesting.

Marcelle 29/9/21 07:37

Wow, these cookies look delicious! I would have never guessed that secret ingredient, but I bet it does at some wonderful richness to the cookies!! Creative recipe, Angie!

lea 29/9/21 13:41

Biscotti meravigliosi! Sono una vera bontà!

[Reply] 29/9/21 13:46

Wow, what a crazy combo Angie! Amazing!

gluten Free A_Z Blog 29/9/21 14:03

This has to be the most unusual combination of flavors I've ever seen in a cookie. Yet, they look absolutely delicious and I'm sure if you made them- they are!!

Martyna 29/9/21 17:17

This looks very delicious 😊

Marissa 29/9/21 18:03

I'm so intrigued by this combination of flavors! I'm sure these cookies are absolutely delicious, Angie!

bread&salt 29/9/21 20:25

I would like to really taste it. But i am sure tomato paste and other ingredients make this cookie delicious. Very unique recipe Dear friend.

claire 29/9/21 23:02

It is worth trying! The secret ingredient is amazing! I think it must be very good particularly with spelt. I adore savory cookies! And winter is coming so we need them :-)

savorthebest 29/9/21 23:56

It looks like chocolate but I bet the tomato is delicious in these.

Josiah - DIY Thrill 30/9/21 01:04

These cookies look like such a healthy treat, I'll have to try them!

Lowcarb team member 30/9/21 01:26

Goodness me tomato paste!
What an interesting combination of flavours.

All the best Jan

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 30/9/21 06:19

Interesting mix of flavours.

I wonder, given that you use tomato paste, if they are red coloured when you bite them open?

And I guess that they are quite soft and chewy, rather than crunchy? Don't mind if they are, as hubbie doesn't like chewy biscuits, so all the more for me :)

Angie's Recipes 30/9/21 11:30

@Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews The colour of inside is exactly the same as outside. If you want a crispier texture, bake 3-5 more minutes.

speedy70 30/9/21 15:14

Troppo golosi questi biscotti, grazie della ricetta!!!!

Federica Simoni 30/9/21 17:43

Bellissimi e molto golosi😋

Królowa Karo 30/9/21 21:15

What an interesting and unobvious combination of flavors.

Julie 1/10/21 11:54

unique combo of flavors..I have never used fresh rosemary leaves and tomato paste in cookie dough, these cookies look decadent!!

Tisa Jacob 2/10/21 04:09

Leave it to you, Angie, to make gourmet cookies from unlikely ingredients. Who would have ever thought adding tomato paste and rosemary would make cookies even better?!

The Yum List 2/10/21 04:33

I bet the rosemary gives these a nice complexity.

Anca 2/10/21 13:22

Tomato cookies, who would have imagined such a thing. I must admit that I am curious and I might bake a batch to see how they are. xx

Paula Montenegro 2/10/21 13:57

Well, this is certainly an unexpected combo, but they look so amazing! Will have to try them!

Debra Eliotseats 12/10/21 14:45

This is one of those "tricked ya" recipes. Such crazy flavors but I want to try it!


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