Today I made some peanut butter cookies. You take 260g of peanut butter, mix with 200g of caster sugar and an egg, form into small balls and bake at 180C for eight minutes. I was underwhelmed. Besides, it is also an awful lot of fat and sugar.
Costing, using Tesco and their cheapest, it would cost around 25p for the castor sugar, 8p for the cheapest egg (but probably not kind production methods), and 99p for the peanut butter. So £1.36 for about two dozen very small biscuits that were underwhelming. I suppose I could reduce the sugar, but I suspect that would have a big impact on the texture of the biscuit.
I can buy a pack of value chocolate chip cookies for 40p which are apparently more adequate. I would maybe need to buy two packets to get the same number of mouthfuls, but even so, it is depressing.
DH kindly bought me a hand mixer, which cost £10. That seems like a lot of money at the moment, so I need to be using it. I can cream a butter and sugar mix okay, and I can whip egg whites without worrying about the overbeating that can happen with a mixer, but the North American recipes that state you need to beat something hard for several minutes need a mixer.
I am going to go away and read Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's book on cooking with fruit. I don't mind making stuff that is a little bit more expensive as long as it is healthier. I don't think those peanut butter cookies would do it.