Growing up, peanut butter cookies were a staple in our home thanks to the Kraft recipe posted on the back of their jar. Flash forward and I still love the sweet and salty treat, though I’ve moved away from the original Kraft recipe a smidgen. The reason I decided to bake these cookies this week was because I had just bought a brand spanking new jar of peanut butter. Why does this matter, you may ask? I have three kids (four if I count my 35 year old boy-friend – which I usually do). Think about it; with three/four kids, jars of peanut butter get pretty vile after the midway mark. They become littered with bread crumbs, jelly and the occasional mystery item (I found a Goldfish cracker in the last one). So this new jar was the perfect (and only acceptable) opportunity to bake these cookies. Bonus; the recipe is easy enough to let the kids help. This being said, if you’d prefer a quiet hour alone in your kitchen while the wildlings play Minecraft, I whole heartedly support that too. Sneak yourself a cocktail, even. No shits given here, folks; this is a judgement-free zone.
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Here’s what you need:
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar, plus ¼ cup for rolling
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined. Don’t overmix or your cookies will be dense AF.
- Scoop one heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Roll in the remaining granulated sugar and transfer to baking sheet. Space balls about 2 inches apart.
- Make crosshatch lines across the tops using a fork. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are a deeper brown. Enjoy!
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