I love food! From time to time I adore treating myself with something sweet. So I was over the moon when I found this soft-baked style peanut butter cookie recipe. A straightforward cookie recipe that calls for no other frills than peanut butter. Yes, you heard that right.
Ain’t Cookies Supposed To Be Thin Hard?
Well, they were – at least all these times that I’m struggling, aging.
Okay sounds a bit extra, but that’s pivotal. I’ve grown up with thin, crisp cookies and had never really thought about how cookies are at their best when they’re a little softer. This discovery has honestly led me to become a little bit hysterical.
Holy cow, the journey I have been on! – all of a sudden, every thin hard cookie just became too crumbly, too stale, too friable for me to handle. If I had grown up with cookies this soft, I would have never have succumbed to gooey choco candy bars!
Just Peanut Butter!
From this point on, no matter where I am, I will always get restless for this sweet treat. It’s solid, yet super mellow and melting. These peanut butter cookies are chewy and tender enough to be oh so tempting. Even with the softness, there’s somehow still enough crinkly texture on the top edges to give contrast and satisfaction.
The possibilities for extra flavor are indeed endless, yet no chips or sprinkles or special stuffing is a must-have to bring forth the very genuine peanut butter taste. Its notable softness is given through the addition of creamy peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Simple-makes-perfect it is.
An Instant Appetizer, Anywhere, Anytime
So I’ve seen people bringing cookies to their bachelorette parties. I myself haven’t ever had one, but the one that sticks out in my mind was a balcony feast: table side guac, summer slow jams, flip-flops, camo cargo shorts, self podcast. We didn’t have enough candles but pretended like we were laying on the lawn.
That is just to say, peanut butter cookies are enough to be the star of the show at my bachelorette party (like, if I ever had one). Or I might say – any cookies will be good for the wing-ding part, but these heavenly peanut butter things would be my top choice.
This sweet deal is an appetizer in a nutshell. You can always throw some out for backyard chills, Christmas smorgasbords, or just eat them straight out because you’re in the mood.
Sounds all good, right?
Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (10 minutes beforehand will be good).
- Combine all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl, save for later. This should be the first mixture.
- Stir peanut butter, butter, white and brown sugar together in a medium bowl. This should be the second mixture.
- Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract to the second mixture, beat until well combined. This should be the third mixture.
- Gradually pour the first mixture to the third mixture, whisk well until all smooth and there you have the cookie dough.
- Scoop out your cookie dough and roll into balls, then flatten them with your palm. Mine used about 2 tablespoons – feel free to resize them however you wish.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your flatten dough balls about an inch apart from each other for further rise when baked. I also drew crossing patterns by pressing the doughs with a fork. It’s optional, but it did give some more appetite after all.
- Bake your batches in 10 minutes each. After removed from the oven, let them cool for a couple minutes on a wire rack before bringing to serve.
- Got an airtight container and your cookies are all good for the next 2 weeks – that is if there’s any cookie batch could stay sound for 2 weeks. You know what I mean.
- Please leave the dough chilled for at least 3 hours just so it’s going into the oven cold. This is merely the best way to make your circular cookie pieces as firm and stiff as they should be. Otherwise they’ll be just messy bundles, no hell aesthetics, the least bit.
- A refreshing glass of milk or sweet raspberry smoothie would possibly go just right with peanut butter cookies. And shall you get some chocolate dipping, too?