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Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Welcome to a world where the comforting aroma of freshly baked cookies fills the air, and the promise of a delightful treat beckons you to the kitchen. My Peanut Butter Cookies recipe is a celebration of simplicity and indulgence, bringing together the timeless combination of peanut butter, butter, and sugar in a heavenly symphony of sweetness.

Why make this dish, you ask? Because these cookies are not just a dessert; they are a warm hug for your taste buds. The soft, chewy texture paired with the nutty richness of peanut butter creates a sensory experience that transcends ordinary sweets. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a kitchen novice, this recipe is your ticket to cookie bliss.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional granulated sugar for rolling (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them.

2. Cream the Butter and Sugars: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

3. Add Peanut Butter: Mix in the creamy peanut butter until well combined with the butter and sugar mixture.

4. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract until the batter is smooth.

5. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt.

6. Incorporate Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. Be careful not to overmix.

7. Form Cookie Dough Balls: Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions of dough and roll them into balls. If desired, roll the dough balls in additional granulated sugar for a slightly crunchy exterior.

8. Place on Baking Sheets: Arrange the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, leaving enough space between each for spreading.

9. Flatten with a Fork (Optional): Using a fork, gently flatten each cookie ball, creating a crisscross pattern on the top.

10. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Keep in mind that the cookies will continue to firm up as they cool.

11. Cool on Wire Racks: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

12. Enjoy: Once cooled, relish your delicious homemade peanut butter cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite beverage!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For an extra peanut butter punch, use chunky peanut butter.
  • Chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes before baking for a chewier texture.
  • Experiment with different shapes for a fun twist – try hearts, stars, or even your initials.

Variations:

  1. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Peanut Butter Blossoms with Hershey’s Kisses
  3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
  4. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
  5. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
  6. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Peanut Butter Cookies
  7. Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
  8. Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Creamy Filling
  9. Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies
  10. M&M’s Peanut Butter Cookies

What to Serve With:

  1. Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches with Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Warm Peanut Butter Cookies with a Drizzle of Chocolate Sauce
  3. Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sundae
  4. Peanut Butter Cookie Milkshake
  5. Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake
  6. Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream with Peanut Butter Cookies
  7. Peanut Butter Cookie Parfait
  8. Espresso or Coffee with Peanut Butter Cookies
  9. Peanut Butter Cookie and Banana Split
  10. Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter Cookies

Storage Tips:

Store your peanut butter cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze the cookies in a single layer and transfer to a freezer bag.

How Much for Family Gatherings?

Plan for about 2-3 cookies per person. This recipe yields approximately 36 cookies, making it perfect for sharing and indulging at family gatherings.

How Far in Advance Can I Make the Peanut Butter Cookies?

You can prepare the cookie dough in advance and refrigerate it for up to 48 hours before baking. Alternatively, bake the cookies and store them in an airtight container for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze the baked cookies and thaw when needed.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

  3. Mix in the creamy peanut butter until well combined with the butter and sugar mixture.

  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract until the batter is smooth.

  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt.

  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. Be careful not to overmix.

  7. Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions of dough and roll them into balls. If desired, roll the dough balls in additional granulated sugar for a slightly crunchy exterior.

  8. Arrange the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, leaving enough space between each for spreading.

  9. Using a fork, gently flatten each cookie ball, creating a crisscross pattern on the top.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Keep in mind that the cookies will continue to firm up as they cool.

  11. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

  12. Once cooled, enjoy your delicious homemade peanut butter cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite beverage!

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