Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

I got lost for a very long time on "The Blog Chef". This is a great website-- gorgeous photos, and lots of recipes that I have on my "must try" list. I bake cookies for the high school kids at my church ministry. They requested peanut butter cookies, so this is the recipe that I'll made for them. I did not know that my husband loves peanut butter cookies-- that's because I'm not a fan of them. He eagerly awaited to try them, and he was not disappointed.

These cookies are "the bomb", as my son explained. I baked them for 9 minutes and they are chewy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. My suggestion is to dip the fork in sugar, rather than flour (per his instructions). For a moment, I hesitated using Crisco butter-flavored shortening. But, let's get real-- cookies aren't health food! I ate four of them, so I'll have to work out a little extra tonight. The rest were portioned out to my son, my husband and to bring to my "kids" at church.

I did not take this photo, however. I want to give "Bobby" full credit for the recipe and photo:

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Posted By Bobby On June 24, 2008
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup M&M’s (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Beat butter, shortening, and peanut butter until smooth. Add white sugar and brown sugar and beat until smooth.
Step 2: Add the eggs on at a time and then add vanilla extract until blended. Use your hands or a spoon and add the flour mixture to complete cookie dough.
Step 3: One at time scoop dough with a teaspoon (can use a tablespoon for larger cookies) and drop dough in 1” balls onto a cookie sheet. Place 2 inches apart. With a fork dipped in flour flatten cookies. Then flatten in the opposite direction (so they cross).
Step 4: Bake in the oven for 9-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11-12 for crispy.

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