World's Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
My grandmother's delicious, outrageously simple recipe
Here it is: My contender for the world's easiest cookie recipe. It's fun to make these on June 12, National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. But really, I'll take any excuse to make--and share--this terrific recipe from my grandmother, who passed away just shy of her 96th birthday. As a child I watched her make many amazing desserts, mostly walnut-filled Eastern European specialties like roszke (crescent-shaped cookies) and potica (sweat, yeasted bread). My dad and brother carry on those traditions today, but for me, the one recipe that's always stuck--mainly because it's so simple that it's nearly impossible to forget--is for these classic American treats. See if these aren't the best peanut butter cookies -- along with the easiest -- you've ever made.
World's Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients well. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes or so. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a greased or nonstick cookie sheet. Press down each little ball of dough with a fork, then press again to make a criss-cross pattern. Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on whether you like softer or crispier cookies. (Peak underneath with a spatula to make sure the bottoms aren't over-browning.)
Tip: To avoid crumbling, let cool completely before you transfer these off the cookie sheet.
Variations: For extra decadence, add chocolate chips. Or press a Hershey's kiss into each ball of dough and skip the fork-pressing :)
P.S.: You don't want to get too fancy with these. If your heart is set on natural peanut butter, be sure to use a no-stir kind. The type that separates is too liquidy for this recipe. Also, go for regular granulated sugar. I tried it once with organic sugar, and for some reason, the recipe didn't work. With plain old sugar and PB, you're golden!
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No more burnt-bottom cookies! No greasing, either, and a snap to clean. Invest in quality and use these sheets forever.
Yes, my best peanut butter cookies are full of sugar & fat. But they're also packed with protein, which gives them a distinct advantage over other cookies I make or buy. Not only are my kids rather meat-averse, but 2 of the 3 have ADD, so I'll grab any chance to sneak protein into them...especially at snacktime, right before homework, when I'm looking for something a bit filling that will help them focus and sustain their energy.
In fact, 2 of the 5 foods chosen by Cooking Light magazine in its "5 Foods That Should Have a Place in your Diet" piece are featured in this recipe: peanut butter and eggs. Yea!
Allergy Alert: Obviously there's one group for whom these cookies are neither healthy nor safe: kids and adults with peanut allergies, which can be very dangerous--even life threatening. Check with your child's teacher before sending these cookies (or any treats, really) into the classroom or lunchroom.
On the other hand, this flourless recipe is fantastic for kids with wheat allergies, celiac disease, or some other need for a gluten-free diet!
This has been on my Christmas wish list forever!
With gluten intolerance and allergies growing, it's good to have some foolproof recipes in your back pocket!
Out of concern over peanut allergy, some schools have outlawed peanut products in sack lunches. At others, like ours, lunches can contain peanut, but families are asked to label them as such. We use these "Contains Peanut" labels when we pack PBJs or PB cookies.
The year is full of semi-official excuses to try my peanut butter cookie recipe, given the number of relevant goofy (but fun) food holidays:
January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day.
The whole month of March has been decreed (by somebody!) National Peanut Month, with March 1 designated National Peanut Butter Lover's Day.
This recipe is so easy, it's a perfect choice for June 13, "Kitchen Klutzes of America Day" (count me in!).
Add chocolate and you can make these for August 4, National Chocolate Chip Day. Mmmmmm.
October is National Cookie Month.
In November the "Peanut Butter Lovers" graduate to a whole month, not just a day.
And December 4 is National Cookie Day. Knock yourself out!