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Peanut Butter Cookies: A Recipe for Nostalgia

Updated on December 27, 2013

Nothing takes me back to my childhood faster than homemade peanut butter cookies! I remember the excitement when we kids saw my mom with her "Five Roses" cookbook and the hopeful anticipation as she started gathering ingredients - hoping mom wasn't just trying a new dinner recipe! The first thing I ever learned to make on my own were peanut butter cookies, and though I never became much of a cook myself, peanut butter cookies soon became my specialty. Even today, decades later, my family still requests my peanut butter cookies.

My peanut butter cookies don't have a secret ingredient, but there is a secret to how I make them - I make them them the same way I did when I was little. And the secret there is that when I was little, my arm would get tired mixing in the flour so I always used just a little bit less than called for in the recipe. And then to make it even easier (and really ensure I didn't leave any globs of unmixed flour in the cookie dough), I would add just a little bit extra vanilla extract.

Below is my easy peanut butter cookie recipe. I don't bake often so I'm a little slow in the kitchen; if you know what you're doing, you can probably reduce Prep Time from 25 minutes to 15 minutes - I hope you and yours enjoy it as much as me and mine!

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4 dozen cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar - granulated white
  • 1/2 cup sugar - soft brown
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a small bowl, cream the margarine and the add first the white sugar and then the brown sugar, beating unitl creamy.
  2. Next, mix in the egg.
  3. Continue mixing in the peanut butter, salt and baking soda.
  4. Then blend in the flour.
  5. Finally, add in the vanilla.
  6. Roll the cookie dough into small balls and place onto a cookie sheet (best to grease the cookie sheet or use parchment paper on the cookie sheet)
  7. Use a fork (dipped in flour is best so it doesn't stick) and press down the dough balls.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or so.
  9. Alternatively, don't flatten the cookie dough balls and add Hershey's Kisses immediately after removing from oven to make Peanut Butter Blossoms. If you're a chocolate connoisseur, you may wish to substitute the Kisses with something similar from your local chocolatier!
  10. Enjoy!

What do you make in your kitchen that gets you all nostalgic?

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