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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Finding THE nuts

Readers have called and e-mailed me in their search for the Fisher Dry Roasted Peanuts called for in the Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies recipe that won the Pillsbury Bake-Off. In Dallas Carolyn Gurtz of Gaithersburg, Md. walked away with the $1-million prize on Tuesday. Yesterday's Food story shared her clever recipe. It mixes balls of peanut butter and powdered sugar, wraps slices of refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough around them and tops them with a mixture of chopped peanuts, sugar and cinnamon.

Own own local finalist, Linda Bibbo of Bainbridge Township, also had problems locating the Fisher Butter Toffee Peanuts in her Caramel Latte Crunch Cups.

"Would you believe?" she told me. "I finally found them at Staples, of all places."

I'm quite sure that any old dry roasted peanuts would substitute quite nicely in the peanut butter cookie recipe. But one never knows. I was quite surprised, for instance, at how good the cookies really are. And could be it's just the way the ingredients combine tha made it a winner.

So I rifled through my inch-thick package of press material I brought back from Dallas and found the name of the Fisher spokeswoman. I've now e-mailed and left a phone message asking her the big question:
Where in Lake and Geauga counties are these nuts sold?
Stay tuned to this blog for the answer. And feel free to ask me your questions by clicking on the box at the bottom of this posting. That's the only way I know if you are getting this.


Blogger lindab said...


Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that I found the Fisher Butter Toffee Nuts at Office Max, not Staples. I have also found them at Marc's. Maybe the Fisher Dry Roasted Peanuts can also be found at one of these two stores.

I agree with you that any brand of dry roasted peanuts could be substituted in the peanut butter cookie recipe. I have used Planter's Sweet and Crunchy Peanuts in my recipe in place of the Fisher brand and still had good results.

I tried the peanut butter cookies and they are pretty good - a great cookie for peanut butter lovers!

Take care,

April 18, 2008 at 1:53 AM 

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