Saturday, September 25, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies.

As if it's not obvious, I've been on a cookie craze lately.  My friend Danyelle asked me to bake up some cookies for PROJECT: craft.  So this week was spent finding and perfecting just the right recipes.  I had already found my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, then I set out to make a non-cakey Pumpkin Cookie.  Last on the list was to find a delicious Peanut Butter Cookie.

My criteria?  Soft, soft and soft.  As I've said in the past, I do not enjoy crunchy cookies, especially when it comes to Peanut Butter Cookies.  I also wanted a cookie that held up and was not crumbly.  The peanut butter flavor had to be just right.  Not too light on flavor, yet not overpowering either.

Picky much?

For me, this cookie fits the bill.

Peanut Butter Cookies
{from Favorite Family Recipes via Smitten Kitchen}

1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter at room temperature {smooth or chunky}
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chocolate chips

for sprinkling: 1/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Beat butter and peanut butter together until fluffy.  Add the sugars and beat until smooth.  Add the egg and mix well.  Add the milk and vanilla extract, mixing well.  Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly.  Stir in the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

Place 1/4 cup of sugar on a plate for rolling dough in.  Roll a rounded teaspoon of dough in your hands to form a ball.  Place in the sugar and roll around, coating dough with sugar.  Place dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving several inches between cookies for expansion.

Using a fork, lightly indent with a criss-cross pattern, but do not overly flatten cookies.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.  Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

::  kitchen notes  ::
*  i doubled this recipe and got 4 dozen cookies
*  i omitted the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips and it made an excellent simple peanut butter cookie


Anonymous said...

Your cookies are so DELISH. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

tharker said...

Thank you so much, Marcy! I'm so happy you liked them!!

Emily said...

I LOVE a good peanut butter cookie! Thanks Tiff, for all the awesome recipes you share! You're the best.

Unknown said...

the peanut butter ones were the first one I went for! They were so good! I really liked the pumkin ones too. Yep I treated myself and had two!

tharker said...

Good for you, Jenn! Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you liked the cookies!