Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sweet Treat Thursday: Peanut Butter Cookies
Sweet Treat Thursday: a regular feature here at 3BATL. As the weekend approaches, I begin to think about a sweet treat that I can provide for dessert for my family. I've found that they enjoy a little extra sweetness in their weekend and usually, leftovers are eaten as snacks early in the week.
There are many things that make my family happy. One of those things happens to be a cookie jar filled with fresh, homemade cookies. They're not picky about what kind, but I know what their favorites are. One happens to be peanut butter cookies.
These go together quite easy but you do have to chill the dough for 3 hours. I chilled it overnight and it worked just fine.
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies (from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook)
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat butter and peanut butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars beating well. Add eggs, beating well.
Combine flour, soda and salt in a medium bowl; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in vanilla. Cover and chill 3 hours.
Shape into 1 1/4" balls, place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Dip a fork in additional sugar; flatten cookies in a criss-cross design. Bake at 375 for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.
Don't overbake. These cookies have a wonderful consistency -- just a bit of a crunch on the outside and a creamy, moist inside. So good with a glass of milk. Your cookie jar will be empty again before you know it!