Saturday Baking: The Peanut Butter Birthday Present

by jennine on November 15, 2008

Peanut Butter cookies are one of those classics that reminds me of  grandma… sitting on a green mid-centruy kitchen stool… while she would press the crisscross shape in the cookies with a fork. It makes me think of the smell of tea towels and Folgers coffee (my mom used a dishwasher, and until Starbucks came along, didn’t drink coffee at all).

Ever since I heard this anecdote about how Nan Kempner would eat a slice of peanut butter toast for breakfast every morning, I’ve always kept a jar of peanut butter on hand. It’s a quick fix of protein, and it’s really yummy… so whenever I’m in a pinch it makes for a good cookie.

I find that once you get into the rhythm of baking, making baked goods for presents is always a nice and simple thing to give, because they are inexpensive, yet they have a personal touch. In fact, I don’t make baked goods unless they are going somewhere, because lord knows, if they stay home, they’ll get eaten by yours truly.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla (can add an extra tsp)
1 1/4 cups of flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

A while ago, I made the switch to using whole wheat instead of white flour when making cookies. I think it adds a little depth to the flavor, a little heavier-but not in a bad way, whole wheat is so much better for you than white flour… and if you can swap it out whenever possible, give it a go. Though I wouldn’t use whole wheat for Angel Food Cake.

Method

Preheat oven to 300F (150C)

First you mix the butter, peanut butter, sugars, egg, vanilla together until smooth. I usually soften the butter in the microwave first, it makes life easier. Then add salt (makes a nice balance with the sugar) baking soda, baking powder, and lastly flour. Stir until the dough becomes pretty solid, it will stick together enough to just take out the dough, put it on a plate, cover it with plastic and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

After you have refrigerated the dough, take a spoon full and roll into a ball. I was able to to fit the whole batch on one sheet. My grandmother would always sprinkle the balls with sugar, and I like to do it, just to give the cookies a little sparkle. Then take a fork and impress a crisscross pattern on the balls.

Place in the oven and bake for 15 min.

Makes 12 cookies.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Market Publique November 15, 2008 at 10:33 am

ooooh they look delicious!

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2 SOS! November 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm

damn these look delicious!!

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3 rochelle308 November 16, 2008 at 3:02 am

This is perfect. Today is actually my boyfriends birthday and he loves peanut butter second only to chocolate. And I already have all the ingredients.

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4 jennine November 16, 2008 at 3:41 am

thanks loves! :)

@rochelle…boyfriends looooove girlfriend cookies…

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5 Lela November 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Thank you for this recipe! simple and yummy :)

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