Peanut Butter Cookies:
Classic Cookie Recipe
Peanut Butter Cookies have become an American homemade
The first recorded cookie recipe with peanut butter appeared in Mrs. Rorer’s New Cook Book (published in
1902 in Philadelphia),
which included how to roast and grind peanuts to make a buttery-type ingredient
for the cookies.
By 1911, peanut butter was produced and sold commercially in
the United States.
At that point, recipes for cookies with peanut butter began to proliferate.
Earliest versions of the cookies were
rolled thin and cut into shapes or rolled into balls. Criss-cross patterns on
the cookies were first recorded in 1932.
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Bake time: 12-13 minutes
Makes about 5 dozen cookies
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter or margarine, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup peanut butter (either smooth or chunky)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Extra sugar for pressing
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugars
together until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until the
mixture is smooth. Mix in vanilla and peanut butter, scraping the bowl
continually, combining thoroughly.
- Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture, adding a bit
at a time and mixing until smooth.
- Pour about ¼ cup sugar into a small bowl.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on
an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip a fork into sugar; press tines over peanut
butter balls in a crosshatch pattern, one at a time, to flatten each cookie.
- Bake cookies for 12-13 minutes until golden brown. Remove
baking sheets from the oven. Let cookies cool for a minute on baking sheets
before using a spatula to remove them from the sheet to a cooling rack.
- Allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight
A Special Baking Tip
from The Elf
This recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies calls for either
smooth or chunky peanut butter. Both are
suitable. Use either depending on your taste.
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