Saturday, August 7, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

I know I know, I said I would never share another peanut butter cookie with you and that all my peanut butter cookie needs were fulfilled, but how could I resist trying out these peanut butter cookies that Dana posted about? She said that she doesn't think she's ever had a good peanut butter cookie and that these were so much better than any she's ever had. I had to try them!!

The results? Delicious of course - chewy and thin. And you know what? E isn't really big on peanut butter cookies either but he loved these. BUT you know what else? My brother who is the extreme peanut butter cookie lover wasn't particularly enamored with them. So I'm not sure what to make of that, but I do know I'll make these again. Also, I used to make peanut butter cookies often when I was younger and I don't remember ever rolling them in or topping them with sugar (nor do I think they should be) so why do so many recipes seem to want to do that now? And why don't I own the Baked cookbook yet??

If peanut butter cookies don't interest you, how about this photo of Abby trying to steal my apple?

If these sound good, you might also like:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows
Peanut Butter Waffles
Peanut Butter Truffles
Peanut Butter Squares with Milk Chocolate and Oats

Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from Baked (found on Dana Treat)

Makes about 24 cookies

Note: The dough has to be refrigerated for 3 hours before baking. I didn't realize that so was in a rush to bake them. Don't be silly like me.

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and both sugars together until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. The mixture will look light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and beat until just incorporated.

Add half the flour mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat baking mats.

Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared sheets, at least 2 inches apart. With the palm of your hand, very gently press each cookie down so it forms a very tall disk shape. Do not press too hard and do not press it flat.

Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with granulated sugar and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until the tops of the cookies just begin to brown.

Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer the individual cookies to the rack to cool completely (although they are delicious warm).


C. said...

Sounds yummy! My dog prefers veggies...broccoli actually. :) Thanks for sharing!

Johanna GGG said...

I have only tried one pb cookie recipe and loved it but don't have the desire to make them - would probably prefer apple like abby - but am sure I would love these cookies you made - they look perfectly rounded

Joanne said...

I was talking to some food bloggers at BlogHer this weekend and apparently Baked is the way to go on so many things. I need that book! And to make these cookies. Superb.

MaryMoh said...

Love peanut cookies. Yours look crunchy and delicious. Ooooh...I love adorable! :D Wish I can cuddle him :D

Elizabeth said...

My cat always tries to get at leafy greens. I wonder what she'd do if I tempted her with an apple.

Cookies look great!

grace said...

no criss-cross? i'm wounded! also, abby is quite the athlete--can she walk like that too? :)

Jacqueline said...

You are torturng me here Ashley. I am avoiding peanut butter while I am breastfeeding to try and cut down the risk of nut allergies for my baby and doesn't that just make me crave peanut butter and all things peanut :(

Natalie... said...

Mmmm peanut butter cookies always a winner, yummm!

Dana said...

Ashley, thank you for reminding me about these cookies! You know how you make something and are so quickly on to the next thing that your forget about the really delicious things? Yeah, that's me. Anyway, glad to hear you liked them! I cannot believe you don't have that book! Not all of it is great but the things that are good are REALLY good.

CookiePie said...

Ooooh, I am with you - never met a peanut butter cookie I didn't love. I like the shape of yours -- have to try them!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I really can't call myself a baker without a good PB cookie in my repertoire, can I? This looks like a good candidate.

Anonymous said...

pb cookies look yummylicious! And Abby soOoo TALL!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hehe that's a great picture of Abby! THe cookies look realy good :)

Angie's Recipes said...

Always love peanut cookies! They are too addictive that every time I had to forbid myself from eating more than a dozen at one go.
Did Abby really eat the apple? :-))
Abby is almost as big as my Hermes. (7kg...)

eatme_delicious said...

Angie's Recipes: Abby licks and bites the apple but hasn't actually swallowed a piece of it! Aw I love cats. :)

Beth said...

My daughter baked these cookies from your recipe. We thought they were the best peanut butter cookies we had ever tasted.

eatme_delicious said...

Beth: So happy to hear you and your daughter enjoyed them. :)