This recipe originated in a cookbook from the 1940’s but was “tweaked” and altered over time until it evolved into this delicious (and simple/cheap!) version that is my husband’s favorite food. Make it often enough and you won’t need to look at the recipe anymore!
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (smooth is best)
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/4 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together Egg, Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Butter, Sugar and Brown Sugar. Add remaining dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Soda and Salt). Mix together really well (for best results, take off your rings and use your hands!). Shape into little 1″ balls and place a couple inches apart on a lightly-greased cookie sheet. Lightly press each cookie with the flat part of a fork’s tines to leave an impressive-looking striped pattern on each cookie (criss-cross the fork pattern to make them look extra impressive!). Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, or until the cookie bottoms are just barely golden colored. Take out of oven and let cookies cool on hot cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving them onto a plate or cooling rack (they finish cooking on the sheet!). Be careful not to overcook in the oven or cookies will be hard when they cool!
Makes 3-4 dozen (depending on your cookie sizes!) …but double the recipe if you want a stockpile. They store really well in gallon ziplock bags. If the bagged extra cookies get a little hard after a day or two, just throw a slice of apple in with them. I don’t know why it works, but it does! 🙂
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About the Author: Ann Milligan started dating her husband when they were only fourteen years old. After spending a full decade effectively preventing him from escaping, he eventually surrendered, proposed, and they tied the knot in 2007. Ann now spends her free time caring for their two-year-old son and anticipating the arrival of their second child any day now. She believes the key to a successful relationship is communication, negotiation, humor ...and allowing her husband to proof-read and approve her writing before airing her family's dirty laundry online for the world to read.