Friday, August 8, 2008

My Favorite Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Ah, warm cookies and milk. Good times. Notice how many fond memories you have over this duo? Create some more with this very easy and fuss-free recipe. Half the fun is in making these traditional hand-molded cookies which can be a bonding activity with the kids.

I bet this recipe will be a classic in your household. It is in mine. Happy Baking!

Peanut Butter Cookies

3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup refined sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. In a bowl, sift together flour and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugars until creamy at medium speed of mixer, about 5 minutes.
4. Add peanut butter and cream for another minute.
5. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
6. At low speed, add flour mixture in four parts, blending thoroughly.
7. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets two inches apart. Alternately, you can scoop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.
8. Press balls down with a fork, making a crisscross mark on each with fork tines.
9. Bake at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes. Watch the time so you end up with soft and chewy cookies.
10. Transfer cookies to rack to cool completely.
Store airtight.

Makes about 60 medium-sized cookies.

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