Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanutty Goodness in Every Bite

This is a great picture of Augie eyeing the peanut butter cookies isn't it? Although this was taken awhile back not when I took the rest of the shots for this posting I just had to share it. Isn't funny how pugs just seem to know, no matter how soundly they are snoring or where they are in the house that you just opened the peanut butter jar. Well he came running as soon as I cracked the jar of peanut butter and was at my feet patiently waiting to lick the spoon the whole time.

Well its Monday and that means its cookie time here in the Bird kitchen. Jason is on the volunteer fire department in our fair city and has training for said department almost every Monday night. Many training nights ago as he was running out the door I handed him a tupperware of cookies I had baked up. I figured they might like something to munch on after running up and down stairs pulling hose and what not. To my amazement he returned later that night with a empty tupperware and a request for more next week. This started the tradition of me baking cookies every week for training and also getting some interesting nicknames such as "cookie" and "the crack dealer". Over the years I have baked up many different types of cookie but the most requested seems to be these soft and chewy peanut butter cookies.

Who Knew?

Let's take a look at the most iconic part of the peanut butter cookie the criss-cross marks you make with the twines of a fork. Back in the 1930's Pillsbury, who has it roots here in the great state of Minnesota published their recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies with the instructions to roll the dough into balls and then press the cookies using fork tines making a criss-cross pattern. Although not the first mention of this technique (the first mention of this technique was published in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1932) they are credited for popularizing it - who knew? Well now you do. Aren't you glad you read my blog so you can now amaze your friends and family with this interesting tidbit while you eat these tasty cookies.

Here's how the Peanut Butter Cookies went down...

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter (1/2 Cup)
  • 1 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Half & Half
  • 1.5 TBSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 TSP Baking Soda
  • 3/4 TSP Salt
  • Turbinado Sugar for Sprinkling
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The Process

Step 1

Heat your over to 375°F. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer combine the Peanut Butter, Butter, Brown Sugar, Half and Half and vanilla until they are well blended making a creamy mixture. Once this happens add the egg and mix until combined.

Step 2

Add the Flour, Baking Soda and Salt. Mix until combined.

Step 3

Drop by tablespoons or using a cookie scoop onto a greased or covered in parchment paper (my preferred method) baking sheet.

Step 4

Now its time to make these babies into the iconic cookies of your childhood. Grab a fork and press it into the dough balls making that cool criss-cross pattern we all love.

TIP ALERT: Because the dough is sticky I dip my fork into a small bowl of water between every other cookie. This prevents the fork from sticking to the cookie dough and pulling the whole dag thing off the baking sheet (this is a lesson learned from experience here).

Step 5

After you have made the awesome possum criss-cross pattern sprinkle a little turbinado sugar atop each cookie and slide them into you preheated oven and let them bake for 6-8 minutes until they start to turn brown around the edges. Pull them out and let them rest of the baking sheet for a minute or two then move to a cooling rack.

Step 6

Grab a glass of milk and sit back to enjoy these tasty chewy peanut butter cookies. Oh and of course share that great tidbit you learned earlier. Come on you know you want to.

 
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