Peanut Butter Cookies: A Recipe for Nostalgia
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
- In a small bowl, cream the margarine and the add first the white sugar and then the brown sugar, beating unitl creamy.
- Next, mix in the egg.
- Continue mixing in the peanut butter, salt and baking soda.
- Then blend in the flour.
- Finally, add in the vanilla.
- 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)
- Use a fork (dipped in flour is best so it doesn't stick) and press down the dough balls.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or so.
- 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!