Did you know that today is National Homemade Cookie Day and October is National Cookie Month! That being said, I thought it would be appropriate to provide a cookie post today. As a classic American cookie, I think peanut butter ranks right up there with chocolate chip and oatmeal. I thought this recipe would be a good way to start out this special cookie month! I have tried MANY peanut butter cookie recipes over MANY years, and finally found this keeper of a recipe from my sister-in-law. It makes the perfect peanut butter cookie! The cookie is crisp around the edges, but chewy in the middle...Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm.
Just the way I like 'em! Don't they look good?!?
(I added some Reese's pieces to lend some fall colors to the cookies)
Peanut Butter Cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix together thoroughly:
1 cup shortening (half butter)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
I cream all of this together in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and then mix in the dry ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Chill dough. Roll into balls(I use a cookie scoop) the size of large walnuts. Place 3" apart on lightly greased(I use ungreased stoneware baking sheets)cookie sheets(or you could use parchment paper). Flatten with a fork dipped in flour and crisscross the top of each cookie, pressing down lightly.
Bake 10-12 minutes in your preheated oven just until set with a touch of golden brown. Don't overbake.