Over the years I have tried many peanut butter cookie recipes and never really found that one, you know, that one that you will make forever.
The one you dream about at night, and plot to make, even when you have a counter full of other treats.
Well I have come up with just that recipe and would love to pass it along to you. I know you'll be making these soon! Maybe even today, right?
Here's what you need:
1/2 cup butter, unsalted, at room temperature
1/2 cup Crisco, I use butter flavored
1 cup peanut butter, creamy, any brand, I use Skippy or Jiff
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2-1/2 cups flour, all-purpose
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup sugar for rolling the cookies in and a fork to make the crosshatch
In a small bowl combine the flour and baking soda and set aside. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter and sugars until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the peanut butter and eggs and beat until completely incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.
Add the dry ingredients and mix well, scrapping down the sides as you go.
Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Forming the cookies:
Place 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl.
Using a medium metal scoop or a spoon (making the dough balls about the size of a large walnut) scoop the dough and drop into the sugar.
Roll around in the sugar to coat all sides and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. I usually use a bowl big enough to roll three cookies at a time, makes it go faster :)
Next, using a fork make the crosshatch in the top of the cookie by first dipping the fork into sugar (keeps it from sticking, especially as you get farther along) and then pressing down into the top of the dough ball. I usually do the whole tray one way then the other, again for faster working and so I can get these baked and in my mouth.
Bake for 9-11 minutes for chewy and 12 - 14 minutes for crispy cookies. I usually go for a chewy middle and crispy outer edge and cook mine for about 12 - 13 minutes. I also turn the pan halfway through cooking.
Let cookies sit on pan for about 2 minutes and then remove to wire rack or paper towels to cool.
Now you can pile them up and oooh and aaah over them, but try not to get crumbs in the camera as you shovel them in your mouth while trying to take pictures. Oh, that was me not you? Good Luck!
Serves - 36 approx.
Here is the handy printable - Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
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