Saturday, August 1, 2009

An All-Time Favorite - The Peanut Butter Cookie

When I came home from work the other day, it was a rainy afternoon. So, the girls and I decided it was a great time to make some cookies. We knew the "man of the house" would love them too. Since I had 2 large jars of peanut butter in my pantry, I knew what cookies to make, classic peanut butter cookies. To make things easier, I pulled out some of my cookbooks and decided to make the recipe from my Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook. This is a great cookbook, by the way. It's full of very good everyday recipes. Well, these cookies didn't disappoint. They are crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Great with a tall glass of cold milk.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe from Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook (Limited Edition, Pink Plaid)

Makes about 36 cookies (ours were larger so we got around 28 cookies)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Granulated sugar

In a large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour, a little at a time, until all combined.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in additional granulated sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten by making crisscross marks with the tines of a fork. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

It's hard to resist these classic cookies.


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: Cover and chill dough for about 15 minutes for easier handling. Also, I sprayed the back of the fork very lightly with cooking spray which helped with sticking issues during the crisscross process.


Laura said...

I am soooooo HAPPY to be Jamie's next-door neighbor ! She gave us a bag of these YUMMY cookies and we LOVED them :) THANKS Jamie !

HoneyB said...

Awesome photos and I LOVE peanut butter cookies!

Bridgett said...

You can't go wrong with peanut butter cookies as they are so comforting! My son is a huge fan so I try to make them often for him. Yours look delicious.

Helene said...

There is always a good reason to make PB cookies. We love them.

Aggie said...

Oh I bet the "man" was so happy with these! I love PB...those cookies with milk sound heavenly! Love the crisscross!!

Sweet and Savory said...

I haven't had a peanut butter cookie in years. You are causing me to want to make a change in my eating habits. I love peanut butter but I actually forgot what a peanut butter cookie tastes like.

Bill Medifast said...

Peanut butter cookies are a regular baking option in my home. It is sad that they only last a few hours before the kids eat them right up. This is a recipe I've used several times and love it each time. I've tried some changes like adding in chocolate chips or peanuts and each time they work out great!

Thanks for sharing this recipe,

Bill M.

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