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old fashioned peanut butter cookies

We are not a peanut butter cookie family – so these were a little hard to judge.  Took them to a party but since there were so many other gooey sweets (that I made :)), no one really sampled.  Zach and Lauren weren’t wowed (save for the ice cream sandwich form), but yesterday I gave some to Ali who commented… “Yum.  Totally blog-worthy.  Plain Jane peanut butter cookies that pack a peanut punch.”  These are so versatile, you can toss some with toffee chips, choc chips or even white chocolate and raisins.  Or dip them in melted tempered chocolate – milk or dark.  These are excellent as the base of an ice cream sandwich since they are firm and crunchy.  Chocolate chocolate ice cream and peanut butter.  Terrific.  But as Ali also mentioned these are also really good just plain dunked in milk – and I trust her.  Enjoy-

old fashioned peanut butter cookies (very slightly adapted from The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle):
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (if using unsalted peanuts us 1/2 teaspoon)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup creamy natural peanut butter – room temp
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped peanuts
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
With paddle attachment of mixer – beat butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Gradually add the sugar and brown sugar and beat, scrape, and beat again.  Add eggs one at a time, beat after each addition and continue to scrape down the bowl now and then.  Add the vanilla extract.
On the lowest speed, mix in the dry ingredients and the chopped peanuts and mix until flour is just incorporated.  Remove from mixer and finish folding by hand with a spatula.
Cover with plastic wrap and rest dough rest for 30 minutes to firm up a bit.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Drop by rounded tablespoons (or bigger or smaller depending on your taste).  Flatten each cookie with your palms (moisten with water if necessary to prevent sticking) and then with a fork gently make a crosshatch indentation in the center of each cookie.  sliding the fork across the cookie both ways.
Bake the large cookies for about 16-20 minutes – turning the pans midway.  And rotate racks.  Bake until the edges get a little golden – but the center is still soft (I might have over baked mine a tad).  But good even if a little crunchy.

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  1. linda criss

    10 years ago

    I love peanut butter cookies. I wish someone would make them for me. Your friends and family are so lucky to have you as their pastry chef. The picture of those cookies with the ice-cream entombed within made my mouth water even though its barely seven thirty in the morning. You are a talent!

    I sign my name as L.C. What is in your kitchen today? I am ready for a nice delicious, juicy peach pie but alas no fresh peaches out there as yet!

  2. NANCY

    10 years ago

    question can you use almond butter and obtain same results?? if so, waht would the amount be??

    • Lisi

      10 years ago

      nancy – give it a shot – i haven’t tried -but i did use natural peanut butter in the recipe. let me know how it goes!

  3. happy neighbor

    10 years ago

    Lucky indeed! Our close proximity to Lisi’s kitchen has improved our quality of life 🙂
    BTW- the peanut butter cookies were right up my Alley.

  4. Allie

    10 years ago

    Lisi, will it work without the peanut butter? I do not have this here, is there anything else i could use?
    I will make to my friends.

    • Lisi

      10 years ago

      gosh ali – i would make a different cookie – a butter cookie or try with almond or cashew butter? otherwise w/no peanute butter it is tricky! xx

  5. Joellen

    10 years ago

    I have always made peanut butter cookies for my sons. I will text this out and report back.

    Enjoy making your stuff.


  6. Allie

    10 years ago

    I found peanut butter here…… so happy! I made them!!!!!!! They are famous in Brazil…….. All my friends loved it. Thanks for sharing. Also I made the banana cake….. soooooooo good!!!!!

    • Lisi

      10 years ago

      oh allie – that is great!!


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