※ Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • * 3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • * 1/2 cup (105 grams) light brown sugar
  • * 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
  • * 1 large egg
  • * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • * 3/4 cup (185 grams) peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • * 2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used Fleur de Sel)

OPTIONAL 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (I used salted) 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 - 3 minutes). Beat in the peanut butter. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the peanut butter mixture and beat until incorporated.

Fold in the chopped peanuts & chocolate, if using. (If the batter is too soft to form into balls, place in the refrigerator for about an hour or until firm.)

Roll the batter into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet, placing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Then, using the tines of the fork that has been dipped in white granulated sugar, make a crisscross pattern.

Bake the cookies for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Can be stored at room temperature, in an airtight container, for about a week. Freeze for longer storage.

Makes about 40 cookies.

Adapted from Joy of Baking


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