Saturday, October 16, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

When I asked Scott today which kind of cookies he wanted to help mommy bake today he very enthusiastically declared "peanut butter!" These cookies are sweet and slightly crisp on the edges, chewy in the center. We found ourselves eating them faster than we could bake them. This recipe makes a generous amount of cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar, for rolling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Using a mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat for one minute. Add the sugars and beat for 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

On a low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Pour 1/2 cup sugar into a small bowl. Roll the dough into balls and place them into the sugar.

After coating the dough balls with sugar, place onto baking sheet 2 inches apart. Press a fork into each cookie, rotate 90 degrees and press again to achieve the classic peanut butter cookie look.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for one minute before transferring to cooling rack.

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