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Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies

Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Prep time 35 mins
Cook time 16 mins
Yield Yield about 80 cookies (serving size: 2 cookies)
hese peanut butter cookies are the perfect afternoon snack. Serve with a glass of milk for the ultimate cookie experience.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter

Nutrition Information

  • calories 160
  • fat 8 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 19 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 23 mg
  • sodium 101 mg

How to Make It

  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter 2 large baking sheets. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter with both sugars for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth and well combined. Beat in peanut butter. Scrape down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture in 2 batches, until just combined.

  3. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets. Flatten each ball by pressing with tines of a fork in a crisscross pattern. Bake, switching pans halfway through, 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden brown on bottom and barely colored on top. Cool on pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. With a spatula, carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.