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Friday, October 22, 2010

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While I carry no lantern, my quest for the world's best peanut butter cookie has kept me searching with a determination that rivals that of the old cynic who went looking for an honest man. I have a taste memory, and while I've been looking for years, I've yet to duplicate it. Mine is not a loving or romantic tale. The cookie I remember was served in the cafeteria of a school I attended as a child. It had an intense peanut flavor and was so dense and crisp that it held its shape when dunked into a glass of milk. This year, I thought I'd use a different approach and decided to try a soft and chewy cookie that received rave reviews at allrecipes.com. I made a few minor changes to the recipe I found there. I added a cup of coarsely chopped salted peanuts to the ingredient list and replaced the mix of light and dark sugars with my current favorite, golden brown. Before I go any further, I must tell you that these cookies are delicious. I must also tell you I'm still looking for the cookie that will put my memories to rest. I encountered one issue as I made these that I want to share with you. I had to chill the cookie dough before it could be rolled into balls. This may have to do with the way in which flour is measured. I fluff and scoop and may have used less flour than someone using a different technique. At any rate, the dough was workable after being chilled and made exactly 3 dozen cookies. If you like your peanut butter cookies on the soft and chewy side, give this recipe a try. You won't regret it. Here's the recipe.

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite adapted from allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup golden brown sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2) In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter, butter, and golden brown sugar until well blended. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla one at a time. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Fold chopped nuts into dough. Chill dough if necessary to roll. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press each ball once with fork tines.
3) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are lightly browned. Let sit for 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove and cool on wire racks. Yield: 36 cookies.

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46 comments :

Bella said...

Yum. These look delicious. Good luck on your continuing quest. :)

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Mary, these cookies look much like the peanut butter cookies I had baked recently. But mine is crunchy type and only need 3 ingredients. Yours look great as well!

Ginny said...

Oh, these look very yummy! And I love your school story. Isn't it true that some of our best food memories are from our days as children, then when we grow up, we can never experience it again. I can even SMELL my favorite foods from when I was 9, and I've never tasted tham since.

Foley said...
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Foley said...

Love a good peanut butter cookie - I like the idea of some salted peanuts mixed in.
I hope you find the one that gives you such great memories.

Angie's Recipes said...

I love those peanut butter cookies! Actually I adore anything peanut butter.
Angie

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Mary, everyone sure will like this cookies, look so yummy. Have a nice weekend ahead.

Alessandra said...

Thank you Mary, my husband would love these!

Faith said...

These look delicious~ And like they would be aweomse with a little ice cream! Nom!!

nesrin said...

Hi! These look very essence.

My Little Space said...

Yeap, I'm bookmarking all the cookie recipes for the coming season! haha... Oh yes, alot of them to try out. Yours look great.
Kristy

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

There are no foods that I cannot eat, but peanut butter is not one I particularly enjoy. It would be interesting to see if I like it in a biscuit. Diane

Pam said...

These sound good. I like my peanut butter cookies crisp too though.

Kim said...

I love these cookies because they are soft and chewy... These looks really good! Have a nice day!

Cathy said...

Loquat is for cough and lung in Chinese medicine. Sometimes i would take the Ninjiom Pei Pa Koa which is an extract of loquat when got sore throat.

You can access info online @
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin_Jiom_Pei_Pa_Koa
ninjiom.50webs.com

Susan said...

Mary, your quest is admirable. But, if I may add, I do believe the tastes of childhood are diminished in adulthood. The atmosphere that a cookie is eaten as a child, baked by mom, or a school cafeteria cook, the unleashed happiness of a child, the under-developed taste buds...you get the picture. I have gone back to recipes I loved as a child, especially baked goods, and they are just not the same.

Monica said...

Warm lovin from the oven! YUMMY!

Jenn said...

Mmmmmmm....I love cookies!! Peanut butter being in my top 3 for sure!! And I'm all for soft and chewy...those are usually my favorites!!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I haven't made PB cookies in a very long time! I so should!! My kids would be so happy! Thanks!

PeggyR said...

I love peanut butter cookies!

A Hopeful Heart said...

Peanut butter cookies are my absolute favorite kind of cookie. I usually use the recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook, and they are good. But I'm definitely going to try your recipe. I am a huge fan of chewy cookies.

Thanks for sharing,
Patti

Rebecca said...

We must be thinking/cooking alike! I just made PB cookies last night :) Only, I didn't use vanilla, milk, or extra peanuts (I think all of those are great additions)!

Nina Timm said...

If you promise to have tea, I will be there in a flash...oh no, they're all gone????

Valérie said...

These cookies look gorgeous! There's nothing like homemade peanut butter cookies. I know what it's like to be forever trying to reproduce a certain childhood food. Good luck with your quest!

JG said...

Peanut Butter Cookies - Yum! These look really good!

lostpastremembered said...

i was crazy about archway peanut butter cookies when I was a kid. I love them but rarely make them... this looks like a great reason to try them again!

RamblingTart said...

I DO like mine on the soft and chewy side, Mary!! :-) Good luck with your search! :-)

Chele said...

In my humble opinion cookies are at their best when they are made as a soft and chewy variety. Must make these for Hubby!

Barbara said...

I'm pretty fussy about my pb cookies too, Mary! I've never added peanuts to my recipe though. Going to try that!
With a glass of milk (the only time I drink it) and a pb cookie, I am in heaven.

Faith said...

I'm so excited to see this recipe, Mary! I've been dying to make peanut butter cookies and now I know what recipe I'll be using...thank you!

Joanne said...

Ah the infinite search for the perfect PB cookie. I know that well. I love the sound of a chewy version though. I'll have to try this!

Eliana said...

Ah yes - a classic cookie and your version looks perfect Mary :)

Ana Powell said...

Have a great time.
I would devour these lovely cookies ♥

Marcellina said...

These do look very good! I love peanut butter cookies! I made the ones posted on the Tuesdays with Dorie blogs and they were fantastic!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I haven't had a peanut butter cookie in ages. I recently rediscovered peanut butter cups thanks to Trader Joe's. I will definitely give these a try!

♥ Kathy said...

Oh yum, yum, yum Mary! I love Peanut Butter Cookies :)

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Definitely a soft and chewy gal here (regarding cookies, that is....LOL)

Great recipe. Can't wait to give it a try. My peanut butter addicted hubby will love you for posting this.

Donna-FFW said...

Never had a peanut butter cookie I didnt care for. One of my all time favorites.

Mickey said...

These are one of my favorite things ever!
Mickey

Jeannie said...

I love cookies and these looks easy enough to make and I have a tub of peanut butter waiting to be used. Thanks for sharing Mary:D

Monet said...

I adore peanut butter cookies. Right now, I could use a plate full of cookies and a tall glass of milk. I too am always looking for that perfect recipe so I will be giving this a try!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love looking for the best cookie recipes--it's always an adventure!!

Anonymous said...

I was about to make these but the recipe only states golden brown sugar and the directions say to cream together golden brown and brown sugar. What's the measurment of regular brown sugar?

Mary said...

Anonymous, the recipe has been corrected. You use only golden brown sugar in this recipe. Sorry for the inconvenience. Have a good evening. Blessings...Mary

Brenda said...

I have the peanut butter cookie recipe you want. It is the same as the schools have.

Anonymous said...

Just made these so easy and sooooo good. I just did not make enough ! making another batch the first batch is all gone !

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