Peanut butter cookies have to be one of my all time favourite cookies. They remind me of being a kid playing in the backyard with my brother. The best recipe I’ve found for them so far is from the Betty Crocker site. You can find the recipe here.
Making the dough is pretty straight forward. You combine the wet ingredients, and then add in the dry ingredients and combine again. The dough then has to be chilled for two hours. I’ve also made the dough the day before and left it in the fridge overnight. This worked just as well.
Once the dough was chilled I rolled it into 1.5 to 2 inch balls and rolled them in sugar. That’s what gives them the sparkle when they’re done. I also pressed the tines of a fork in them twice. For some reason this is how peanut butter cookies have to look in my head, so I always do it, even if it’s not in the recipe.
Although I’m tempted to put them closer together to fit more on each cookie sheet, I always try to give the cookies lots of room to spread once they start baking. I think they look infinitely better when they’re round, rather than having a straight side when they’ve run into the cookie next to them.
Once I take them out of the oven they always smell amazing! I’ve found that 8 minutes is the perfect time for this recipe and my oven. I let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before I transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. If I try to move them too soon they end up falling apart. I usually have two or three cookie sheets going at once so I always have some cookies in the oven.
I’m not going to lie, one or two cookies didn’t last long on the wire rack cause I had to try them. It was strictly due to quality assurance purposes though. I wouldn’t want to share sub par cookies, would I? Tell me I’m not the only one who does this.
Since I doubled the recipe I decided to freeze half of them. It made close to 80 cookies, so there were lots. I’ve made this particular recipe countless times and it’s always turned out great. Once again, you can find the recipe here.
What’s your favourite kind of cookie? What’s the last kind that you made?