Rainy Night Project – Peanut Butter Cookies

18 Mar

The benefit to having a sweet-tooth is that is the best motivator for baking. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

Behold the peanut butter cookie. Peanut butter is magical with many things: bananas, bread, a spoon, chocolate, talking horses. However, dump some butter, sugar and flour into the mix and you have pure magic.

After many years of test running peanut butter cookie recipes (is it just me, or does peanut butter cookie recipes often times lead to bland-tasting cookies?), I found what I believe to be the best recipe out there. Originally developed by Betty Crocker (the best-housewife-who-never-was of all time), I swear by this recipe and will never deviate from it being my go-to. After baking my last batch, I thought it would be a fun one to share with you all. Enjoy! Well, except for you, Kealani. You just have to sit there and watch mom and dad enjoy them. Dang.

Erin’s Peanut Butter Cookies (c/o Betty Crocker):

I feel like the Brown Sugar is hamming it up for the camera a bit, don't you?

Ingredients:

1 cup of peanut butter (creamy or chunky)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cookie sheet from William Sonoma. More expensive than something from a discount store, but this sheet bakes a mean cookie.

Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour and baking soda together, set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and peanut butter, mix with hand-held or up-right mixer.

Pour dry mixture in with the wet mixture, stir with spoon until well-mixed.

Place 1 inch sized dough balls onto cookie sheet, bake for 15-17 minutes, or until set beneath. Place cookies on cooling rack immediately. Cookies will last several days if well-insulated.

Cooling racks make the cookie. It is important to get the cookies off their baking sheet to stop the baking process and for them to cool from all angles to prevent soggy undersides.

Fun additives – chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, butterscotch chips.

4 Responses to “Rainy Night Project – Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Jackie March 21, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I love love LOVE the new blog layout! It’s so stinkin’ cute!

    Okay-the brown sugar is totally hamming it up for the picture. He’s go the lean in thing going on. As for the cookies these look super delicious and easy! I can’t wait to bake some!

    • tealandtulle March 21, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Jackie – I totally agree! The brown sugar is leaning in trying to hog up the camera lenses. I’m glad you like the new blog layout. It’s definitely more me!

  2. Joy March 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    The best peanut butter cookies on earth!

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