Homemade Cookies: Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
How to make chewy peanut butter cookies
Tis the season…for homemade cookies! I don’t really bake a lot of cookies during the rest of the year, but at Christmas, I do. I’ve been making all kinds of homemade cookies for the past few days. In fact, I sometimes feel as if my kitchen has become “Santa’s Bake Shop.” I need a bunch of cookies to serve at my Christmas Eve party, and I also needed some homemade cookies to help fill some gift baskets I made. I included some peanut butter cookies because hubby likes them so much, but I wasn’t very happy with my first few attempts. The cookies were tasty, but they were crispy, and I wanted some chewy peanut butter cookies. I had made some before, and I still had that recipe, but they weren’t turning out soft and chewy. I tried baking the cookies at different temperatures, but they were still turning out crispy.
I kept trying different methods until I finally achieved soft and chewy peanut butter cookies. I think the secret is to keep the dough chilled, and not to get the cookies too thin. At least, that’s what finally worked for me. I’m sharing the recipe and technique with you here. If you want crisp and crunchy cookies, this isn’t for you. If you want really chewy peanut butter cookies, however, I think you’ll love these homemade cookies! For a real treat, place a warm cookie in a bowl and top it with vanilla ice cream. You might want to add a drizzle of chocolate syrup, too. Or – you could dip the cookies in melted milk chocolate coating and maybe decorate them with sprinkles. Yum!
Holle’s Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add both sugars. Cream in remaining ingredients until mixture is smooth. Place cookie dough in refrigerator until firm.
When dough is stiff and firm, make dough into one-inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about two inches apart. Do not flatten cookie balls with a fork.
Bake cookies at 300 degrees for eighteen minutes.
Make and bake the cookies one batch at a time. Once you’ve made the first batch, place the remaining dough back in the fridge until you’re ready to make more balls.