Peanut Butter Cookies

by Heather on August 10, 2010

Another treat with peanut butter. Really, I cannot get enough, EVER. It is by far my favorite spread, condiment, whatever you want to call it. I put it on everything I can think of- ice cream, waffles, Oreo’s, carrots. I even put it on a chicken burger the other night (it was a success!). My obsession with the stuff was sparked a few years ago when I decided to buy Adams instead of Jif or Skippy. Previously, I had shied away from the natural kind because of the oil separation. I was too lazy to stir. That was dumb. Now, except for baking reasons, I only eat the natural peanut butters! Even the “natural” line of Jif and Skippy still have added palm oil, which, to me, takes away some of the peanut flavor. One of my surprise favorite brands is actually Archer Farms, from Target. It has a strong nutty flavor and smooth consistency with just a bit of grittiness so you know it’s natural. Other brands I regularly buy are Costco’s Kirkland Signature, Laura Scudder’s and Trader Joe’s. As for the oil separation, I learned a trick: take your hand-held electric mixer and attach one beater. Put it in the jar and turn it on low, and mix it up!

Ironically enough, I used conventional peanut butter for this cookie since natural peanut butter isn’t supposed to hold up for baking. Although, I’ve actually never tested it out, so who knows? These cookies are everything that a simple and true peanut butter cookie should be. Soft and chewy, with just a bite of crispness and a powerful peanut butter taste. How could it not with a whole cup in there?

On a side note, if you’re as into peanut butter as myself, head on over to The Peanut Butter Boy. He’s quite the connoisseur if I ever saw one. Now, onto the cookie recipe….

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 egg

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together the butter, both sugars and peanut butter on medium speed just until smooth. Beat in the egg. Add the flour mixture and mix just until the dough comes together.

Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Remove the dough from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  Pour some granulated sugar into a small bowl.

Pinch off pieces of dough and roll them into 1-inch balls Roll the balls in the granulated sugar and place them 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. When you’ve filled the baking sheets, flatten and make a crosshatch pattern on each cookie by pressing down on the ball with the back of the tines of a fork.

Bake until the cookies begin to brown around the edges but the centers still look somewhat uncooked, 9-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to handle, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack.

Makes about 40 cookies.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Betsy August 10, 2010 at 5:09 am

Delicious! I’m going to need to make a batch of these! I’m so with you on your peanut butter obsession. I eat it by the spoonful!

MaryMoh August 10, 2010 at 6:34 am

Love these cookies. Looks simple and easy to make. I would love to try. Thanks very much for sharing.

Gemma August 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

I’m off to make these right now!

Gemma August 11, 2010 at 3:40 am

I said I was going to make them, and I did! They were so delicious! I sprinkled some grated chocolate on a few of them but I think I liked the plain ones better. Even my partner, who doesn’t usually like peanut butter, went back for seconds and thirds! love this recipe!

Sues August 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Oh man! I want to eat up all those cookies and then drink that bowl of peanut buttery goodness. SO fabulous!

Natasha August 12, 2010 at 3:01 am

Oh baby I’m gonna have to make those!!!

Kori August 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

I am a HUGE peanut butter lover too, and your cookies look delicious! Might have to bake some today :)

Tonya @ What's On My Plate August 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

This totally has me craving peanut butter cookies!

Joy August 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

That looks so great. I love peanut butter cookies.

Kim - Liv Life August 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I am absolutely with you on the peanut butter addiction! My family just rolls their eyes when I produce another peanutty treat. I haven’t made good ‘ole peanut butter cookies in a while though. I think we are due!

Friday Delights August 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I really don’t like peanut butter but your cookies are making me rethink why i don’t like peanut better. Your cookies look so delicious!!! Yum

May Ling Wu August 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Yum. Looks delicious :)

Helen August 13, 2010 at 2:51 am

I’m going to a picnic tomorrow with friends and was looking for a dessert to bring along. This was perfect because I already had all of the ingredients- I didn’t have to make a separate trip to the grocery store! I tried one tonight (can’t resist a warm cookie!) and it was fantastic. Thanks!

Christina @ Sweetpea's Kitchen August 13, 2010 at 3:35 am

These look amazing!! I LOVE peanut butter cookies! :)

Sherry August 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Is that a large cup of peanut butter on the side??? I could totally see myself dipping peanut butter cookies in more peanut butter. Totally something I would do.

Kelley August 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I’ve tried a dozen recipes and this one tops the charts! Great taste, texture and LOVE the sugar on the outside. :) Thanks!

Paula September 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm

this sounds great and so delicious!

Brittany September 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I’m not a fan of peanut butter, but these looked so delicious so I substituted tahini instead and oh my goodness, they were delicious!

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