Recently I have been on a baking frenzy. I never used to like baking, but lately I have been thoroughly enjoying making a variety of sweets. One of the first things that I made while on this baking spree was peanut butter cookies. Cookies and peanut butter are two of my favorite sweets, so nothing but the best will do. These cookies went above and beyond my expectations and are now a house favorite. Since me and my family loved them so much, I thought I would share them with all of you.
First things first: Ingredients!
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (I used and recommend Jif, but you can use whatever peanut butter you like.)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsps baking soda
Place butter, peanut butter, and sugars together in a bowl.
Cream them together, then beat in eggs. Make sure there is no butter or sugar lumps and that the texture is creamy.
In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Stir into butter mixture. Make sure that the dough is thoroughly mixed. There should not be any flour or butter lumps. The texture should be creamy. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
After the dough has been refrigerated, take it out and roll into 1″ balls. The dough may be a little hard, so you might have to work it between your hands a little bit before you can shape it.
Next, take a table fork and press down on the balls, first vertically then horizontally, until the dough has that classic peanut butter cookie shape. The cookies should be rather thin. If they are too thick they will be more like bread than cookies!
Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-11 minutes. Even if they don’t look done they probably are. Once they cool they will harden.
Once cool remove from cookie sheet and enjoy! This recipe makes loads of cookies, so if you don’t want to use all of the dough, simply place in a zip-lock bag or plastic wrap. It will stay good in your refrigerator for a few weeks.
These are hard to stop eating. Believe it or not, four of us ate 28 cookies in two days. It was terribly indulgent!
If you want to dress them up a bit here is a bit of a bonus. I made these to serve as an after dinner dessert, but imagine the hit this would make at a party: Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches!
All you need for this is the freshly baked peanut butter cookies and vanilla ice cream.
Take two cookies and put them on whatever dish you wish. I’m using a tea saucer in this photo. Add a large scoop or vanilla ice cream on one of the cookies. Then place the other on top and gently push down just a smidge.
Ta-da! Master piece!
That’s it! This is an easy to make dessert, that can be made in a short amount of time. I hope you try it and love it as much as I do! Don’t forget to like, share, and comment!