hese peanut butter cookies are the perfect afternoon snack. Serve with a glass of milk for the ultimate cookie experience.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
To Betty Hanner - thanks SO MUCH for your simple 3-ingredient recipe. I am salt-free and this fills the bill perfectly with Trader Joe's unsalted peanut butter. I think I might try it with half brown sugar and half white. The recipe shown in the website will be fine with the salt left out and low sodium baking powder/soda. But Betty's is so simple I think I will try it first.
Awesome! I followed some of the suggestions by doubling the amount of peanut butter, adding some cinnamon, using margarine instead of butter and cooking for 9-10 min. We tried them just as peanut butter cookies and they were deemed excellent. Then I added some chocolate chips, they tasted more like a chocolate chip cookie and over powered the peanut butter flavor. I then took some of the plain dough and added only 2 chips to each cookie and that was nice. You could taste the peanut butter flavor but then were surprised with a little chocolate in a couple of bites. This a keeper as its very easy to make.
What ? Nothing special ? Have had better ? I just can't imagine that. These are the most classic of recipes. It's been years since I've made PB cookies and this recipe is just perfect. So easy - buttery, airy, crisp and bake up beautifuly ! Emily Rose, please share your "have had better" recipe ! I need to compare for myself.