Peanut Butter Cookies

August 16, 2012 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

I turn 26 today.

Yes, it’s my birthday.

I’m not sure how this happened…(the turning 26 part, not the birthday part).

I mean, I was just 21!

Now I’m 26?

Over the hill of my 20’s?!

Closer to 30 than to 20?!?!

I feel woozy…

I think I better have a cookie.

I don’t want to get low blood sugar or anything.

Ah well. Like they say, another year older, another year wiser!
Bring on the birthday cake!

I do get birthday cake, right?


This is a pretty classic peanut butter cookie recipe. These cookies come out soft, not crispy. I hate crispy cookies. I like ’em soft and gooey!
First mix 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, and a couple shakes (or 1/8 tsp.) salt. Mix everything well.
There are few things more exciting than a picture of a bowl of flour. Am I right?

In a separate bowl, cream together 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup (1 stick) of room temperature butter, and 3/4 cup creamy natural (unsweetened, nothing but peanuts) peanut butter.

Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 egg, and mix well.

Gradually mix in the flour mixture, a little at a time.

This is the hardest part…Try not to eat the dough.
You can add other things to the dough at this point if you want. Chopped peanuts, chocolate chips, Reese’s pieces, etc. Or bake them plain like I did.

Roll a small amount of dough into a ball and place it on an un-greased cookie sheet.
Use a fork to press down the cookie in one direction, then turn the fork 45 degrees and press it down again to form the classic peanut butter cookie design (who came up with this, I have no idea, but they just wouldn’t seem right otherwise).

Bake the cookies in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to cool on a cooling rack.

Mmmm, cookies….
Gotta love the paper napkin. I need some fancy cloth napkins or something for my pictures.
Gotta keep an eye out for those.


Peanut Butter Cookies

(makes about 2 dozen cookies)

  • 1 1/4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) room temp. butter (unsalted)
  • 3/4 c. creamy natural peanut butter (nothing added, 100% peanuts)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Add-ins (chocolate chips, peanuts, etc.) (optional)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream sugar, butter, and peanut butter together. Add egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Gradually mix in flour mixture, a little at a time.
  5. Mix in any add-ins you want (chocolate chips, nuts, etc.) (optional)
  6. For each cookie, roll a small amount of dough into a ball and place on an un-greased baking sheet. Using a fork, press down the top of each cookie, then turn fork 45 degrees and press down again until cookie is about 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack to cool.



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