Thursday, February 24, 2011

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

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What comes to mind when you think of peanut butter cookies? My thoughts drift towards a big cookie jar sitting on a grandmother’s kitchen counter, with the lid sightly ajar to allow the fresh-from-the oven cookies to finish cooling. Although I was blessed enough to know two of my great-grandmothers and my grandmother, I do not recall ever such a picturesque cookie jar scenario.

Of course, it is entirely possible they did in fact make peanut butter cookies, but other peanut butter obsessed family members may have gobbled them all up before my little hands had a chance to reach into the cookie jar. I have two culprits in mind, who just happen to be sister and brother - my sweet mother and loving uncle.

Most recently, they have begun battling over who receives the most peanut butter baked goods from me. You may remember this battle last year; it was neither mature or pleasant to witness. This gets a bit worrisome on this day each year, my uncle’s birthday. This year, unsatisfied with just about every old-fashioned peanut butter cookie recipe I have tried, I decided to develop my very own recipe of peanut butter cookies - a recipe exhibiting the perfect combination of soft and crunchy. I mailed the results to my uncle for a sweet birthday surprise, which I think he will enjoy.  I am fully prepared to endure the wrath of my mother, deprived of peanut butter cookies, as soon as she reads this post or she receives a call from my uncle, bragging about his birthday gift.

Happy Birthday Uncle David!





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Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
active time 10 minutes
total time 25 minutes
from Dolcetto Confections | Allison M. Veinote
makes about 24 cookies

This is my twist on the old-fashioned peanut butter cookie - a soft peanut butter cookie with the perfect amount of crunch.

Ingredients
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg, room temperature
1½ cups all-purpose
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon table salt

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or SilPats.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar on medium speed until very light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add peanut butter and cream until fully combined, about 1 minute. Add egg and mix until fully incorporated. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to wet ingredients and paddle just until dough forms.

Roll dough into 1 1/2" balls [Note: I used a OXO #40 scoop] and roll in granulated sugar. Place 2" apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Using a fork, gently apply pressure to the top of the cookies, creating a criss-cross pattern, until cookies are 1/2" thick.

Bake cookies for 14 minutes, rotating half-way through, until golden. Allow cookies to cool slightly, about 2 minutes, on baking sheets and then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! Those look just like my mom's peanut butter cookies. I might just have to go home and make some this weekend.

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  2. Mmmm...these peanut cookies are looking so crunchy and delish. I cant wait to bake my batch and give it a shot, gorgeous mouth watering pictures... !

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  3. Beautiful peanut butter cookies! My husband's favorite - I might just have to make some! We're featuring cookies this week over at the M&T Spotlight and I'd love for you to submit this: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  4. OK...I've been searching for a peanut butter cookie that is soft and melty in the center with a crunch around the edges. Is this it??? And nice photos too.

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  5. I have decided I must bake these tonight! Wonderful Blog! Thanks!

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  6. I thought the agreement was that I sampled all pb recipies before they go to Uncle David :)

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  7. I love a good peanut butter cookie especially when it's soft and chewy. Those are the best. Yours look wonderfully delicious. I hope you'll come by and link them up to Sweets for a Saturday #6. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-6.html

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  8. These cookies look soooo good! My mouth is watering just looking at them! I cannot wait to make these! Thanks for sharing!
    Rhonda :-)

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  9. Yep, I just talked with your uncle and he is bragging. He claims they are the best. Oh Mama you better start drooling.
    The Mainer

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  10. I made these and they are a little too hard for my taste. Once they have sat for a day they are quite hard and not so soft. Maybe I did something wrong but I may not leave them in the oven for the full 14 minutes.

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  11. I'm sorry to hear your cookies did not stay soft! I would recommend taking them out earlier, as you suggested, maybe around 12 minutes. You can also transfer them directly to a wire cooling rack, instead of allowing to sit for 2 minutes on the bakings sheet. Just be gentle when transferring - the center will likely be very soft!

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  12. I love the salt toppings of your cookies. Salt really makes the flavor of the cookies comes out. I think that is the secret of some bakers that I know.

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  13. Yum! I can’t wait to make this. The salt topping makes me curious. I never tried eating a cookie that is so sweet but has a salty taste.

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  14. Just finished making these, had the first bite and had to come tell you how good they came out. they are absolutely delicious! :D

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  15. I just made these and they're too crumbly :( I'm not sure if it's too much flour or not enough eggs or butter or what. Baked them for 14 minutes.

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  16. Love this recipe! Followed it to the T and they came out with a super soft center with crusty edges! Just like what you would find at bakery! Thanks for the perfect recipe. These definitely beat my grandmother's peanut butter cookies by far!

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  17. just made them....when they come out of the oven they're really soft...but once they cool off they harden up and become a golden brown...perfect with a glass of milk :)

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  18. I made these cookies, found them on Pinterest. My daughter's boyfriend loves pb cookies and so does my mother. They are wonderful, the only problem is that they disappear somehow when the boyfriend goes home. Hmmm? : )

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