"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Peanut Butter...yum..... :)
Peanut butter is wonderful stuff. I thank God that He inspired George Washington Carver to discover the wonderfulness of peanuts in general.
Sorry, I had to express my love of peanut butter someway..... :)
Anyway, I had a friend request some peanut butter cookies, and even though he is far away (Arizona), I figured he could use a little TLC from my kitchen. I love this recipe; it's from my mother's kitchen, but I like it so much because the cookies aren't necessarily soft. They're actually slightly crunchy and kind of crumbly. This is due to the ratio of fat and sugar and then you add the peanut butter and you get a wonderful texture and flavor. Yum!
So to continue to share the TLC, I thought I would post the recipe, especially since a friend tried one and wants the recipe. :)
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup butter (or shortening)
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted with 1 tsp soda and a pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
Combine dry ingredients, and set aside. In a standing mixer, combine butter and sugar until creamy, then add peanut butter until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla. Add dry ingredients slowly and mix until well incorporated.
This dough can chill until you're ready to use it or you can bake immediately. I like to use a small ice cream scooper to form balls which I then press out with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes (it'll depend on your oven) You know they're finished when they have a beautiful golden brown color. You'll also be able to smell them, telling you they're finished. :)
It's times like this that I really wish I had my camera!!! Or even had my sister here to take the picture because she's such a wonderful photographer. Oh well......