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These Peanut Butter Cookies must come close to the top of the list of America’s favorites. Try them to see that I am not wrong. If you love peanut butter you will love these cookies too.
Best Peanut Butter Cookies
These are probably the simplest cookies to make. They are part of the “drop cookies” category because the dough is soft enough to drop off the spoon and onto the baking sheet.
What are drop cookies?
As I was telling you before, drop cookies are made with a soft enough dough to drop off the spoon on the baking sheet.
The basic mixture is often made by the creaming method where butter and sugar are beaten together until light and fluffy. Eggs are then beaten in, followed by flour, raising agents and flavorings.
What kind of ingredients go into these simple Peanut Butter Cookies?
- Unsalted butter at room temperature- we need to cream the butter with the sugar and it is easier to work with when the butter is soft. Also, you can replace it with salted butter, but you will need to skip the pinch of salt required in the recipe. I would not recommend using shortening or margarine.
- Light brown sugar– brings flavor and softness to the cookies
- Eggs– I use large eggs in most of my baking goods, so this is what I recommend.
- Vanilla extract– I know these are no times to get fussy, but if you can, please use the real vanilla extract and not the fake one.
- Peanut butter- creamy is good, crunchy is acceptable too for more texture
- All purpose flour– it is the most popular and used flour in the US, therefore perfect for baking.
- Baking soda– very important for the cookies to rise
- Salt– enhances the flavors of any baked goods
*The amount of ingredients can be found in the recipe card.
How To Make The Peanut Butter Cookie Dough:
Place butter and sugar in a bowl and use an electric mixer to cream them until light and fluffy.
In another bowl, mix the egg and vanilla extract, then gradually beat them into the butter mixture.
Stir in the peanut butter and blend throughly. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and stir into the mixture to form a soft dough.
Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes until firm.
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Lightly grease two baking sheets or cover them with parchment paper or silicon mats.
You will also need a fork and an ice cream scoop if you are looking for getting the cookies all the same size.
If you do not use the ice cream scoop, just grab two teaspoons. Spoon out rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough and roll into balls.
I used my ice cream scoop here in this picture.
Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets and press flat with a fork into rounds about 2 1/2in/6cm in diameter, making a criss-cross pattern.
Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Pretty easy, right?
What kind of peanut butter is good for this recipe?
Now, most old fashioned peanut butter cookies are made with soft, creamy peanut butter, like Jif or Skippy. If you have crunchy peanut butter in the pantry, use that.
To add more texture to your cookies, throw 1/2 cup chopped peanuts with the peanut butter.
If you have organic, natural peanut butter, use that. Just make sure to stir the peanut butter really well.
The natural peanut butter doesn’t have stabilizer and the cookies will be very runny because of the oil floating on top of the peanut butter.
Oh wait, it looks like Skippy makes a natural peanut butter that doesn’t need to be stirred! Score!
Can I freeze or refrigerate this dough and for how long?
Honestly, I never tried to freeze this dough. The quick answer would be no and no. I would not freeze the dough.
Regular cookie dough that doesn’t contain leavening ingredients, like baking soda or baking powder can be stored in the refrigerator overnight or in some cases, for up to a week.
Also, regular cookie dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months but the flavors tend to lose their intensity after a month or so.
HOWEVER, this cookie dough contains baking soda, which doesn’t make it suitable for freezing or keeping it in the refrigerator for days. Make it the same day you plan to bake the cookies.
I would freeze the baked cookies though. You can place them on parchment paper and freeze them in layers in a freezer plastic bag or airtight container.
A few words about how to store the cookies:
As a rule of thumb, with a few exceptions, cookies are best eaten on the day they are made.
Some, like the American style soft cookies are delicious when slightly warm from the oven, but most cookies need to be cooled first to allow them to crisp and set.
If you are not planning to eat them straight away, store them as soon as they have cooled.
This will prevent crisp cookies to become soft and soft ones to dry out and get hard.
If you do not over bake them, these are soft, chewy peanut butter cookies.
It is essential to keep them in an airtight container and, if possible, they should also be stored in the refrigerator to retain the freshly baked flavor.
Can I add some other ingredients to the dough and what would be good? (I want to make them fun, they look boring to me):
- Do you have chocolate chips? A 1/4 cup of any kind of chocolate chips you have in the pantry could be used and here you have peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
- You could also skip the fork and leave the ball as it is, without pressing it. Bake the cookies as the recipe requires, then press a Hershey Kiss in the middle of the hot cookie. Here you have peanut butter kiss cookies.
- Do you like nuts? We already talked about extra peanuts, but go ahead and add some chopped pecans or walnuts if you like them.
- Are you out of peanut butter but you have some almond butter or sunflower butter or cashew butter? Try them, for a fun and different cookie flavor.
- Toss the balls in granulated sugar before you place them on the baking tray and flatten them with the fork.
Want to bake some other cookies as well? Here are some ideas:
So, are you going to make these cookies or not? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Place butter and sugar in a bowl and use an electric mixer to cream them until light and fluffy.
- In another bowl, mix the egg and vanilla essence, then gradually beat them into the butter mixture.
- Stir in the peanut butter and blend throughly. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and stir into the mixture to form a soft dough. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes until firm.
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Lightly grease two baking sheets or cover them with parchment paper or silicon mats.
- Spoon out rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough and roll into balls.(You can use an ice cream scoop as well)
- Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets and press flat with a fork into rounds about 2 1/2in/6cm in diameter, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g
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