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The Wonderful World Of Peanuts

Updated on August 29, 2013

Peanut Trivia

Do you know that Americans eat or consume in one way or another over 800 million pounds of peanuts a year. You could coat the floor of the entire Grand Canyon with all those peanuts.

There are about 800 peanuts in the average jar of peanut butter.

And that's not all. Some medical doctors say that peanuts protect you from heart disease and may even cure some forms of cancer.

The peanut is an unusual plant in that it flowers above the ground but fruits below the ground.

Peanuts are just simply packed with all kinds of healthy stuff for you including antioxidants, niacin, vitamin E plus many other nutrients good for you.

George Washington Carver. He discovered over 300 uses for the peanut.
George Washington Carver. He discovered over 300 uses for the peanut.

First of all before we get started you should know that the peanut is not a nut at all. It is in fact a member of the pea family. Peanuts don't grow on trees they grow underground.

And you may ask where did Peanuts come from. It is thought that they originated in South America possibly in Brazil or Peru. The early Spanish explorers took the peanuts back to Spain and from there the peanuts spread all over the world.

It was during the Civil War that Peanuts became very popular in the United States. And if your interested in inventions you might find it interesting to note that George Washington Carver invented over 300 uses for the peanut including axle grease, ice cream,shampoo,ink,medicines and more.

But you know my favorite thing about Peanuts is peanut butter and the really great things you can make from peanut butter like peanut butter cookies, peanut butter sandwiches and here are 10 unusual unique things you can do with peanut butter.

Feel free to post a comment below about peanuts or peanut butter. Let us hear from you.

Peanuts Growing And All About Peanuts

Field of Peanuts Growing
Field of Peanuts Growing
The Peanut Plant
The Peanut Plant
Delicious Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
Delicious Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

A Great Recipe For Peanut Butter Cookies

Here is an old fashioned recipe for peanut butter cookies that was made a lot back in the 1930s to 1940s. Tens of thousands of pounds of these cookies were made and sent to boys overseas during the Second World War. People first saw the recipe for the cookies that could be made easily and ship well in the New York Times. Before long newspapers all over the USA printed the cookie recipe.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

1. 1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter.

2. 1 Cup Margarine at room temperature.

3. 1/2 Cup White Granulated Sugar.

4. 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar.

5. 1 Large Egg , Beaten.

6. 2 Cups All Purpose Plain Flour

7. 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

8. 1 Teaspoon Table Salt

9. 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Mix all your ingredients in a large bowl and mix together very well. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and when oven is at right temperature drop your cookie dough by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet. Make a criss cross pattern on your cookies with the tines of a fork. You will then want to bake your cookies for 10 minutes in the pre heated oven or until golden brown. If you try this recipe post a comment below and let us know what you think.

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Here is the simplest and most delicious peanut butter cookie recipe that you'll ever make and enjoy in your life. The best thing about this recipe is that it has only three ingredients. Yes just three ingredients. And it produces some of the most delicious peanut butter cookies that you'll ever taste in your life.

Ingredients Needed For Your Peanut Butter Cookies

1. One Cup White Granulated Sugar.

2. One Cup Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter.

3. One Large Egg.

You need to put all your ingredients into a large bowl and use a wooden spoon to mix your three ingredients together very well. Its important that the ingredients get very well mixed together. I have sometimes used my food processor with the metal mixing blade to mix my cookies up together very well.

You will want to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and when your ready to bake your cookies drop them by the tablespoon full onto a baking sheet that you have sprayed with vegetable cooking spray. Use one tablespoon to push the cookie dough off onto the baking sheet. Use a fork to mash the cookies down slightly and make cross marks on your cookies.

Put your pan of cookies into the oven and bake for 6 - 8 minutes. Do not over bake your cookies. You want your baked cookies to be slightly brown on the bottom. Be sure that you don't over bake your cookies.

To have just three ingredients these cookies are some of the most delicious peanut butter cookies that you'll ever eat in your life. I always use Jiff Peanut Butter when I make these delicious cookies. I like them made with smooth peanut butter but a lot of people like to make them out of crunchy peanut butter. However you make them they will be delicious.

Feel free to post your comments about peanuts and peanut butter. Let us hear from you.

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      Vishakha Bajaj 3 years ago

      Very informative post.I really like this hub.

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      FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

      Yum, yum! I'm glad I'm not allergic to peanuts and peanut butter. Thanks for sharing your peanut butter cookie recipe. I think I might add some fruits and chocolate into it :)

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks for sharing such great info on the peanut. Personally, I think that it has not got its recognition in this world, but the peanut is an important part of the food chain. Even though many people have deadly reactions to the little nuts, I find them great. I like the occasional peanut & jelly sandwich.

      Thanks for tidbits of info on such a useful food.

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      Thomas Byers 8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Melinda Winner 8 years ago

      This was really a good hub! Great info!