Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

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Early Friday morning, I was looking for a fast cookie recipe that I could bake to bring to my mom’s this weekend (we had a long car trip planned and she was doing the driving; it was the least I could do to bring snacks). When I browsed through the cabinets for some inspiration and found a full jar of peanut butter begging to be used…which meant I needed a recipe for easy peanut butter cookies.

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When I want to find a quick, classic cookie recipe, I usually head over to Martha Stewart Living. I find that while Martha’s chickens, pastas and roasts are usually advanced, complex, and require a kitchen full of her proprietary appliances, utensils and serveware, her cake and cookie recipes are often very simple (my motto is: the fewer the ingredients, the better the recipe. Exceptions do apply).

I’m not a peanut butter lover. I keep it in the house because it’s a good staple and you never know when you’re going to get that fifth grade flashback and NEED a PB&J – STAT.

But peanut butter cookies are A-OK with me. Not my favorite, but that was OK. They made my apartment smell fantastic for the rest of the day, and though some of them came out a tad bit overdone (that’s what I get for not setting an oven timer and thinking “I’ll just keep an eye on them” would be effective).

Though the thought of the 1 1/2 heaping cups of peanut butter sitting in the bowl kept me from eating more than one (really, not big on peanut butter) I would definitely recommend these cookies to anyone, from the peanut butter fanatic to the casual fan.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together peanut butter, egg, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, if using, and salt until well combined.
  3. Using a 1¾-inch scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Using the tines of a fork, gently press down on each scoop in a crosshatch pattern. Sprinkle with sugar and transfer baking sheet to oven.
  4. Bake until slightly puffed, 11 to 12 minutes. Cookies will still be soft. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Jamie
    August 31, 2008 at 3:00 am

    mmm cookies! I need some now.

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    smooshed
    August 25, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I love all things peanut butter…i bet putting honey in the peanut butter would work fine too, if anyone couldn’t find that jar of PB, and these look great!

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    Lisa
    August 25, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Great classic recipe. Thanks for stopping by my blog

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    The MOM
    August 24, 2008 at 3:00 am

    They were absolutely amazing!!!!
    Stop trying to fatten me up!!!!!

  • Reply
    Anna
    August 24, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I love peanut butter cookies!! Mmm…

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