Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Peanut Butter Cookies
SO JUST DOO EET! Bake these babies. And for goodness' sake, please don't use any of that healthy, organic, all-natural peanut butter. Use Skippy, or Kraft, or Jif, whatever you have on hand, provided it's full of hydrogenated junk and sugar in every processed form known to man. Keep the good stuff for your morning toast, and use the cheap stuff to bake these goodies.
Without further ado, this recipe originates from the same tattered Robin Hood cookie booklet once doled out at Tupperware parties in the mid 70's, the same one the Ginger Sparklers hail from. I'm sure I didn't let you down with those, and I promise these won't disappoint, either.
Peanut Butter Cookies
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
Mix flour, baking soda and salt, stirring well to blend.
Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars together thoroughly.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Mix well.
Shape dough into 1" balls and place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press flat with floured fork.
Bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes.
Yield: About 6 dozen cookies.
I use a potato masher to flatten the cookies. I like the look better, but it's a personal thing. I always dip my potato masher into flour before pressing each cookie so it releases easily.
In summer months, when the butter is softer, I need to chill the dough at least an hour before rolling. If you can't shape the cookies easily, refrigerate and try again in a half an hour or so.
Feel free to halve this recipe, and by no means double it - you'll be rolling little balls and baking until the cows come home. And we don't want the cows to come home, ergo, no doubling.
I like to make larger cookies, and if I make 1-1/4" balls, I can get 4 dozen out of the above.
I always, always, always bake on an insulated cookie sheet. Why anyone bothers with inferior cookie sheets is a wonder to me. Do yourself a favour and invest in some. Mine are made by Wearever, but they seem to be discontinued (so much for that 25-year warranty, eh?) However, T-fal now manufactures a line marketed under the name AirBake.
Get thee some, you won't be disappointed.
And bake thee some. You won't be disappointed, either.