Peanut Butter Cookies are one of those endearing national favorites that have stood the test of time. Almost everyone loves Peanut Butter Cookies. They are so easy to make, too. I have loved Peanut Butter Cookies since I was a young girl.
They are rich, thick, chewy, and so tantalizing to the taste buds! I love being able to whip up a batch of these sensational Peanut Butter Cookies in just a few minutes, too. The dough has to be chilled for at least an hour, and then after that they are ready to be rolled out and pressed with a fork in a criss-cross fashion before baking.
These cookies have always baked up beautifully and our family has enjoyed them for over 35 years! We’ve made them many, many times for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza each year.
These are our favorite Peanut Butter Cookies. They are taken from the Betty Crocker cookbook, circa 1972 with the bright orange cover. I increase the flour a little, but my version is only slightly adapted from the original recipe. This is certainly one of the most scrumptious Peanut Butter Cookies you will ever taste. I made these over a year ago and posted them.
I’m currently teaching a cooking class (June 2013) to the younger kids in our church and this was on the menu yesterday morning, so I’ve posted up some new pictures. It was so nice to be able to bake up a batch of these goodies with all my little helpers. Everyone loved these cookies. I sent a batch out with John to his office today and they are gobbling them up!
My sister and I both got copies of the Betty Crocker cookbook years ago and they are falling apart. Her daughters also wanted their own copies a few years back so I hunted in thrift stores and craft malls until I could find a few copies still in pretty good condition.
As cookbooks go it is a pretty decent one. I rarely recommend cookbooks because most novice cooks will use them and have bad experiences with some of the crazy combinations in them. Instead, I suggest to those who want to learn how to cook to ask for the recipe when you sample something you really enjoy — and keep asking until you get it! That’s how I have such a huge collection of recipes. I’ve collected them from potlucks, family, neighbors, you name it.
So, if you’re into recipe collecting, I highly recommend this delicious Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. You won’t be disappointed. And neither will be your kids or others who are fortunate enough to sample them.
Peanut Butter Cookies are a wonderful treat for your kids (or your spouse!)
These cookies are so easy to whip up. Our family has always loved these Peanut Butter Cookies.
Peanut Butter Cookies are great for tailgating parties, too. This recipe has been our favorite for years. These tasty treats are great to prepare for kid’s parties, company visits or picnics.
Here’s what I did.
Measure shortening and place in mixing bowl. Add softened butter, peanut butter, brown sugar an egg and granulated sugar.
Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Mix with an electric mixer to combine.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Pour about a half cup of sugar into a small bowl. Roll peanut butter dough into balls and coat with sugar.
Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Press the peanut butter balls that have been rolled in sugar down slightly with a fork. Press in criss-cross fashion.
Here the cookies have been pressed with a fork in criss-cross fashion. Don’t be too heavy handed in this step or the cookies will crumble apart!
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes until cookies are done.
Peanut Butter Cookies are crunchy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside.
I love the texture of these delicious cookies. Peanut Butter cookies are great cookies for holiday baking or for any kind of party. You can have a batch of these jewels ready in no time!
Here’s the recipe!
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
(Recipe adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, circa 1972)
- ¼ cup[url href=”http://www.crisco.com/” target=”_blank” title=”crisco”] Crisco[/url] shortening (or Butter-flavor Crisco)
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup [url href=”http://www.jif.com/” target=”_blank” title=”Jif peanut butter”]Jif [/url]peanut butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 ¼ cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal[/url] UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (I use 2 cups instead)
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ¾ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Extra granulated sugar
- Mix thoroughly the shortening, butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Stir in flour with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Cover and chill dough at least one hour.
- (You cannot omit this step).
- Heat oven to 375°.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
- Roll in granulated sugar.
- Place 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
- Flatten cookie with fork in crisscross pattern to 2 inches.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not hard.
This close up shows the texture of the cookies really well. I’m ready to eat one of these fantastic Peanut Butter Cookies right now. What about you?
Each incredible cookie has the creamy taste of peanut butter. They’re sure to satisfy any sweet tooth craving your having!
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