Thursday, September 18, 2008

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies




One the course I choose to do this year for my senior year in high school was Nutritional Living. Reason being was, well, I thought it'd be good to learn more about healthier foods and healthier ways of cooking. I mean, I'm a junk food, meat, sweet addict. To learn how to have meat as well as sweets in a healthier way, I thought it'd be good for not only me, but for the people I cook and bake for, you know?

This class is about health foods. So, I found it kind of funny how the first thing we we're going to make were Peanut Butter Cookies. Go figure. Not that I'd obey though. Since peanut butter cookies happen to be one of my all time favorite cookies! Peanut butter cookies are the best cookie choice for milk. Well, that's just me though. Most like chocolate chip cookies or, the famous one, Oreos. But I'm a peanut butter cookie girl ;]

The recipe we made in class was a basic peanut butter cookie. The same recipe I've used many many times with my mom and my grammys. It's a classic. Classics are the best!





Recipe

1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine shortening, peanut butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs. Stir thoroughly till combined.

3. In a medium bowl, shirt flour, powder, soda and salt. Slowly, add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture.

4. Roll into 1 1/4 inch bolls and place on baking sheet. With a fork, make a criss-cross pattern on the top, flattening it slightly.

5. Place in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Once done, let sit for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Yields 6 1/2 dozen 2 1/2 inch sized cookies







11 comments:

chocolatechic said...

My favorite thing about making peanut butter cookies???


Doing the little criss crosses with the forks.

Nick said...

Have you tried the even easier and healthier peanut butter cookies? Check out this recipe:

1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar (brown/white combo)
1 egg
1t baking powder

Mix together and bake for 10-12 minutes @ 350 degrees until bottoms just begin to brown. You can see the recipe and pictures or a cinnamon currant modification. Enjoy!

Deborah said...

Oooh, I haven't had peanut butter cookies in ages. I could go for one right now!

VeggieGirl said...

Peanut Butter cookies = my favorite variety. Yum!

Snooky doodle said...

hmm this looks so yummy. I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER TOO ESPECIALLY WHEN PAIRED WITH CHOCOLATE. tHE PHOTOS ARE GREAT

Megan. said...

i don't think anything is more comforting that warm peanut butter cookies dipped in a big glass of milk :)

jwu said...

@nick: Those are similar to these.

I'm not sure if either this recipe or your recipe is all that much healthier. Unless you have Celiac disease. :P

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