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Worlds Best Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Updated on November 4, 2014

Worlds Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Worlds Best Peanut Butter Cookies
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Why Did Those Criss Cross Marks Get On Peanut Butter Cookies?

As hard as it is to believe no one really knows for sure. A recipe in the Schenectady Gazette way back in 1932 first told people to make those distinctive marks on the cookies with a fork. In case you don't know its the tines of a fork that are used to make those distinctive marks on the peanut butter cookies.

Those marks on the cookies don't help the cookie to cook better. Or really improve the flavor of the cookie. Though it does make the cookie pretty. So make those marks if you wish.

Check Out These Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies.

Check out these wonderfully delicious looking peanut butter cookies.
Check out these wonderfully delicious looking peanut butter cookies. | Source

Where did Peanut Butter Cookies Come From?

George Washington Carver first promoted the peanut as a replacement crop for cotton which had been destroyed by the boll weevil. He put out a Research Bulletin in 1916 that told how to grow peanuts and 105 ways to prepare them for human consumption. That first bulletin had three cookie recipes but those first recipes called for chopped or crushed peanuts as an ingredient in the cookies. It was not until the later bulletins that came out in the 1920s that the recipes called for adding peanut butter to the cookies. Those bulletins also told how to make peanut butter.

And as they say the rest is history. Since then there have been billions and billions of peanut butter cookies made and enjoyed all over the world. Why not make some delicious homemade peanut butter cookies today.



Worlds Best Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Here is a very simple but very good Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe. And once you do taste these Peanut Butter Cookies I think you'll agree with me that these are truly the best Peanut Butter Cookies in the World today.

1. 1 Cup Of Peanut Butter Crunchy or Smooth

2. 1 Cup Of Granulated Sugar

3. 2 Tablespoons Of Flour

4. 1 Large Egg

Mix all the ingredients together very well in a large bowl. You will want a dark not shiny cookie pan to bake these in. Once you have the ingredients thoroughly mixed take one spoon full at a time and drop it by the tablespoon full onto a greased dark cookie sheet and after you have dropped the pan full of the batter take a fork and press down on the top of each ball of cookie dough both ways to make the marks like those on the cookies in the photo below. Bake each batch of cookies in a preheated 375 degree oven until the cookies are golden brown. This makes some of the best Peanut Butter Cookies you will ever eat.

Now what you want to do is to remove the cookies from the oven as soon as the cookies are brown around the edges and leave them setting on the pan you just cooked them on for five minutes. They will still be cooking there on the hot pan while they are setting there. This is why its so important not to overcook them in the oven.

And there you have the recipe for, The Best Peanut Butter Cookies in the World. Make them and see what you think.

In this video is a recipe for Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. If you want one of the best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes ever then you will want to check out this

Check Out These Wonderful Peanut Butter Cookies.

Check out these really wonderful peanut butter cookies. They are so wonderful.
Check out these really wonderful peanut butter cookies. They are so wonderful. | Source

Where Did Those Criss Cross Marks On Peanut Butter Cookies Come From?

It was in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1931 that people were first told to make those distinctive criss cross marks on peanut butter cookies using a fork. That peanut butter cookie recipe in the newspaper that day back in 1931 said to make the cookie dough out in one inch balls and then place them on a cookie sheet. After you placed them on the cookie sheet you were supposed to use the tines of a fork to press first one way and then the other way to make those distinctive marks on the peanut butter cookies.

It was not until the 1930s that Pillsbury started pushing the use of a fork to add those distinctive marks to the peanut butter cookies. The 1931 and 1932 Pillsbury Cookie Recipes told the readers to make those marks on the cookies but gave no reason for doing it. Really it just makes the cookies pretty and really has nothing to do with cooking the cookies.

And now you know where and why those criss cross marks come from and why they ended up on those delicious Peanut Butter Cookies that we all love so much.


Another Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

1. 1/2 cup brown sugar

2. 1/2 cup white sugar

3. 1/2 cup shortening

4. 1/2 cup peanut butter

5. 1 egg

6. 1 cup flour

7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

8. 1/2 teaspoon salt

9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

10. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream sugar, shortening & peanut butter. Beat in egg & vanilla. Stir dry ingredients and add to peanut butter mixture. Break off dough the size of your thumb. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Pat with fork making criss cross marks. Bake for 10-12 minutes, slightly longer if using air bake type pans. Cool slightly before removing from sheet. This recipe is from the video below. So be sure to watch the video if you have any questions about the recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Check Out These Delicious Looking Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

Here in this photo we have Peanut Butter Blossoms. And oh man they are so very delicious.
Here in this photo we have Peanut Butter Blossoms. And oh man they are so very delicious. | Source

in this video we have a recipe for how to make delicious Peanut Butter Blossoms. You just have to make these delicious peanut butter and chocolate cookies.

How To Make Peanut Butter Blossoms. Here is a recipe for these delicious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies. Oh man these are so delicious.

Ingredients Needed For Your Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

1. One Cup Real Butter.

2. One And One Fourth Cups Of Peanut Butter.

3. Two Thirds Cup Of White Granulated Sugar.

4. Two Thirds Cup Light Brown Sugar.

5. Two Large Eggs.

6. Four Tablespoons Whole Milk.

7. One Tablespoon Vanilla Extract.

8. Three Cups All Purpose Plain Flour.

9. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

10. Two Teaspoons Baking Soda.

You'll want to mix two tablespoons of white sugar with two tablespoons of brown sugar being sure to mix it very well and use this sugar to roll your cookies out on. This is one of the things that makes these cookies so delicious.

Mix your cookies up very well starting with your liquid ingredients first and then add in the dry ingredients. Have all your ingredients at room temperature when you start to make your cookies and everything will go a lot smoother.

Once you have the cookies mixed up roll into one inch balls and place them on a greased dark cookie sheet and use your hand to flatten each ball of cookie dough slightly pushing down from the top. Bake in a 375 degree pre-heated oven for 8 - 10 minutes. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven you should have a large bag of Hershey's Kisses unwrapped and waiting. You'll want to push a Hershey Kiss down into the top of each baked cookie as soon as they come out of the oven flat side down and tip up. Work quickly. The Hershey Kisses will melt making the Peanut Butter Blossoms.


© 2007 Thomas Byers

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