Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

Will you be bored if I share a peanut butter cookie recipe with you? What if it's a really good peanut butter cookie recipe that I plan on making again? I'd say this is the last peanut butter cookie recipe I'll be posting (well I've only posted one before) because between this one and my other two favourites, and a yummy healthier version, my peanut butter cookie needs are fulfilled. If you've yet to find your peanut butter cookie love, try out this recipe. I'd expect your cookies to be less flat as I think my butter was too soft.

I never tire of photos of stacks of cookies! I love how they look.

Some of you might have noticed that in the baking recipes I post, I usually put how many grams of flour I used. I know there are "official" sources out there that say 1 cup of all purpose flour weighs 120 grams (but actually some sources say 140 grams and other weights in and around there so what is "right"?). And I tried that method for a while, but my baked goods weren't turning out the way they used to, the way I liked them. So I went back to measuring flour the old way, and just recording how much I use each time (which seems to be pretty consistent). I guess I could go through my recipes and see how much I like 1 cup of flour to weigh in baking, but for now I'll just note in each recipe how much I used.

Do you have any favourites from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook? I've liked the things I've made but haven't used the cookbook that much so would love any suggestions you have!

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Monster Cookies
Peanut Butter Squares with Milk Chocolate and Oats
Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters

Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used 168 g.)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup smooth peanut butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (for sprinkling) sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the peanut butter chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Using a fork, lightly indent with a crisscross pattern, but do not overly flatten cookies. Lightly sprinkle cookies with sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Those look wonderful. I definitely think the chocolate chips would make for a more interesting contrast than PB on PB.

VeggieGirl said...

Bored?? NEVER!! PB cookies are classic and awesome :)

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

I can almost smell them now!! I love the smell of peanut butter flavored baked goods, and well, the taste :)

Snooky doodle said...

I love peanut butter cookies :) these look yummy. Thanks for posting in grams too. :)

The Duo Dishes said...

You are allowed to share all things peanut butter. It's almost mandatory. It's one of those things that's hard to resist.

Mark Scarbrough said...

Love pics of stacked cookies, too. What is it about them? Maybe it's that kid thing. "These are all mine." Don't know--but really nice. As to measuring out the flour, you're dead on right. But I fear I'm lazy more often than not. Still, a scale is worth its weight in gold.

Johanna said...

I prefer peanut butter in a sandwich than a cookie but when I see your gorgeous picture I think maybe I should try it in baking more

Mini Baker said...

yum! I always forget to put in PB chips into my PB cookies. I'll for sure remember next time! these looks insanely delicious! I'm so excited i found your blog! Its one of y new favorites! I'll be back often :)
Mini Baker

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Peanut butter cookies? Three of my favorite words all together. What a happy thing!

Anonymous said...

Bored with PB cookies? Yeah right!

Chef Fresco said...

Yum! I love the stacked photo too :)

Grace said...

no, no, no. also, no. i could never be bored by peanut butter cookies. these are a good deal flatter than the typical peanut butter cookie, and i like it!

Martha said...

I never tire of cookies, especially peanut butter cookies. This week, I made a batch of peanut butter blossoms with the Hershey's kiss in the middle. It's one of my favorites from childhood.

Hannah said...

Never anything wrong with PB cookies! (Unless you have a nut allergy, of course...) If you get bored, just add chocolate chips, and voila- They're amazing again. ;)

Adam said...

I have these coupons for free cookies from my sister. They are specifically for PB cookies as these are my favorite.

Could you show me where I can turn these in? I still have a lot of them left.


Little Lovables said...

oh, sounds (and looks) delicious!!

kimberleyblue said...

I love cookie-stack photos too. :)

I'm allergic to peanuts, so will unfortunately never get to make these, but they certainly look great!

Helene said...

Would never get tired of those pics with stacked cookies. I love PB cookies.

Rose&Thorn said...

This is something my family will love! Will have to make a batch for my son to take back to school with him!

Anonymous said...

Mmm...peanut butter. I think I prefer my PB cookies plain too. But perhaps for a change, I'll put in chocolate AND peanut butter chips!

Dana said...

How could peanut butter cookies be boring? I love the chips in there - I need something to bite into with my cookies.

Steph said...

I have to try these! My PB cookies never spread and I always have to press them down while they're still in the oven because they just continue to rise. It's so frustrating because I feel like I'm messing up the texture by pressing them down while they're still baking.

As for the flour thing, I used to go crazy thinking about how much flour I should actually be using. I normally go with whatever the author uses (if they list how much oz/g is in each cup). Mostly I just stick to 5oz of AP flour and 4oz of cake flour per cup if they don't say anything because it's on the higher end and I try to keep the flour to butter ratio as high as possible. It makes me feel like I'm cutting the fat down...the things I do to feel better about all the desserts I bake!

I'm so glad I stopped using cups and weigh everything now.. it definitely saved me from splurging on some really expensive measure cups!!

Rita said...

those look delicious! Peanut butter cookies are pretty much my favorite dessert ever, especially with chocolate chips in them.

Kevin said...

I could certainly go for some of those right about now!

Vegetation said...

Peanut butter is the best thing ever invented. Closely followed by cookies. These are definitely an awesome combination!

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

I finally got around to making these, and I definitely approve!

Anonymous said...

Omg..just made peanUt butter cookies but used all brown sugar and chocolate chips...the best ever! Chewy and moist! Yum yum! Thanks!