24 April 2009

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Just like Mom used to make. Well, just like your mom used to make. My mom was a chocolate-chip-with-walnuts kind of woman herself. I never experienced one of these tasty treats until a couple of years ago when one of the old ladies at work baked them for us. God bless Miss Pat; she made me a believer. You can make these with crunchy or creamy peanut butter according to your preference--mine is the Walmart-brand crunchy stuff. If you're feeling really sinister, toss in some milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 C unsalted butter
3/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C sugar
1 C peanut butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add peanut butter and mix well. Beat in the egg and vanilla, mixing until thoroughly combined.

Add flour, soda, and salt, beating until completely incorporated. Then stir in chocolate chips (if using.)

Shape into 1" balls and place on baking sheet. Dip the tines of a fork into some granulated sugar and press into each ball in a criss-cross pattern.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.

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