The other day after dinner me and my brother agreed we wanted cookies. Specifically peanut butter cookies. No other cookie would do. Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic... in reality it sounded more like "yo let's make peanut butter cookies!" Since we don't know any recipe off by heart, we pulled out the trust 'ol Joy of Cooking. Let me start by saying the obvious: it's an absolute classic and everyone should own it. What makes it even better is that with the older versions they take you through "out of date" techniques like how to skin a squirrel. Pretty useful if you ask me.
In this recipe we decided change things up a bit since we didn't have any white sugar and chocolate is always a good idea. Instead of a half cup brown sugar and a half cup white, we just used a full cup of brown. Also, we cut up some very decadent chocolate truffles (the ones from Costco) into large piece that we threw in the batter at the last minute. The process for peanut butter cookies is pretty simple and I'll drop the recipe down below.
The only thing to remember is to watch how long you bake them for! Peanut butter is liquidy to begin with so even if they seem raw after 6 minutes, I promise they are baked through and will harden. I took them out when the edges started to brown, which might have been a bit too much. Either way, they had just the right amount of sweetness and peanut butter softness.
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 to ½ cup flour
½ cup butter
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chocolate chips or chopped truffles
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Melt the butter slightly and blend in a large mixing bowl with a whisk. Add the sugar and blend until creamy and smooth.
- Crack in the egg and blend fully. Then add the vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Be sure to add the vanilla before the other dry ingredients so everything will blend nicely.
- Mix in dat peanut butter. Warning: your arm might get a little sore here.
- Sift in the flour and mix in folding and scraping motions so the flour and peanut butter mix are totally incorporated. Add in the chocolate chucks and mix lightly.
- Roll into small 1 inch balls and place onto parchment paper. Using a fork, flatten the balls using the tines in the same direction.
- Pop in the oven for about 6 minutes. When done, be sure to place them on a wire rack to cool. And enjoy!
Do you get together with friend or family to bake goodies? Got a favourite recipe? Let me know how you do peanut butter cookies!