Saturday, January 9, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

One of K's all-time loves are peanut butter cookies. Every time we are at a bakery he always purchases one (or maybe two). The surprising thing is we do not always make them at home. There's no reason behind this, I think the peanut butter cookie gets lost in the jumble of cookies to make. This sad discovery is now about to change, starting today. From our beloved Betty Crocker 1963 "Cooky Book" we enjoy one of life's greatest little treasures...a yummy peanut butter cookie with a glass of milk.

Here's the recipe:

1/2 C Shortening
1/2 C Peanut butter (we love creamy but crunchy works as well)
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Brown sugar (light or dark)
1 egg
1 1/4 Flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
3/4 tsp Baking soda
1/3 tsp Salt

Start by mixing the shortening, peanut butter, sugar and eggs with a mixer. Make sure it is mixed all the way through.

Sift you flour into a large bowl. Add the remaining dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the shortening mix.

Taste test the cookie dough... okay you don't have to but I can't resist:-) Wrap the dough up and place in the fridge to chill.

Pre-heat oven to 375. We keep the dough in the fridge until the oven is heated.

Roll out dough into small balls. Roll the cookie dough in sugar and place on the cookie sheet. Using a small cup gently press the dough. Using a fork make a criss-cross pattern on the top of each cookie. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

While the cookie dough bakes, place the remaining dough back into the fridge. Continue this pattern until all the dough is gone.

Let the cookie rest on pan for a few minutes before cooling them on a wire rack or paper towel. Serve with a nice cold glass of milk.

These cookies are deliciously rich and amazingly delish. We could make them everyday. They are great to keep for yourself or give to family, friends, or neighbors. Enjoy!