Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The World's Best Peanut Butter Cookies

I know declaring anything to be "the world's best" is the quickest way to invite dissent, but I have to say, I adore these cookies.  And I've eaten my share of peanut butter cookies, too.  So until there's a Miss Peanut Butter Cookie pageant where all the peanut butter cookies can be judged (and not just on their looks, either - it's what's inside that counts) I'm just going to go ahead and claim this title.

2 cups creamy peanut butter

2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons baking soda

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350*.  Beat the peanut butter and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and then the baking soda, salt, and vanilla.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls; place them 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.  Use a fork to flatten cookies (honestly, they aren't peanut butter cookies unless they've been cross-hatched, I don't know why.)

Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes, or until they're puffy and golden brown.  Let them sit on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.  Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies.

Taken from "One Bite Won't Kill You" by Ann Hodgman.  Find it here on Amazon.


Helen Knowles said...

Alas, I'm quite sure they are the best peanut butter cookies, but only if one likes peanut butter cookies. I hope you get lots of people trying your recipe. This one, I will pass on. But they look scruptious.

Laurie Bulson said...

I have tried cookies similar to these. I got my recipe off They are best eaten with a gallon of milk. I love peanut butter cookies with a passion.