Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookie Tuesday

My son and I decided to make peanut butter cookies today.  Okay, I decided and he decided to help :)  We only had one egg left in the fridge and some crunchy peanut butter that needed to be used up.  This is another one of those recipes that was passed down from my mom but she told me that she got it from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook :)  The only part that isn't written down is that my mom suggests crunchy peanut butter for a more peanutty taste.  It is up to you though so feel free to try it both ways or with whatever you have in the house which is usually how they get made here :)

I creamed the butter and peanut butter together.  Then I added 1/2 c flour and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.
Then I mixed up everything and scraped down the sides.  I covered it with plastic wrap to store in the fridge to wait for it to firm up a little bit.

I prepared the sugar bowl and got out my cookie sheets while the dough was cooling.  Okay, I got to watch the Wiggles and Thomas the train too :)  Then my son gave me a few seconds to myself so I raced back into the kitchen to make the cookies.  First I used my cookie scoop to make the cookies a uniform size.  Then I rolled them in the sugar.

Then I put them on the cookie sheet with enough room for them to spread.

Then I smooshed them with a fork....

Then I did the whole tray with the crisis cross.  After the first batch, I always lecture myself that I press them too hard.  One of these days, I will just write that warning into my recipe but I end up with flatter cookies the first time around.

Then the final product comes out 7 to 9 minutes later and as my son said, it is the best cookie he ever had (that is his new saying for everything).  Don't take his word for it, make it youself.  If you would prefer to try mine, you better come over fast because both my son and I have already had two each.  I only got 21 cookies out of the batch because I made them so big but it is suposed to make 36 cookies if you make them per the recipe.  Here are some cookies to hold you over until you make yours :)

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 c butter
1/2 c peanut butter
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add 1/2 c flour, sugars, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla.  Beat until combined.  Beat in remaining flour.  If necessary, cover and chill until dough is easy to handle.

Shape into 1 inch balls.  Roll in sugar  Place 2 inches apart on ungresed cookie sheet.  Flatten by crisscorssing with fork tines.

Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes.

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