Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
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Delicious crisp on the edges, soft in the middle classic peanut butter cookies recipe that's very easy to make and perfect for giving away.
Recipe type: Sweets, Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 dozens
  • 1 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) softened butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Tools/Materials You'll Need:
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Baking sheets (3 large)
  • 2 mixing bowls (1 small, 1 large)
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plastic cling wrap
  • Measuring spoon or ice cream scoop
  • Fork
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F (180ºC) then prepare three large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. If you only have one baking sheet available, you can bake the cookies by batch but make sure the sheet has cooled down first before adding the dough balls in step 8 or they'll melt and your cookies will end up very flat.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place softened butter, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Mix together using a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the egg and continue mixing until well-combined.
  5. Add the sugars and mix together.
  6. Add the flour and continue mixing until everything is well-combined and a smooth dough is formed.
  7. Cover mixing bowl with a plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour to firm it up a little. This makes it easier to handle the dough. You can also place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes if you're in a hurry.
  8. Remove chilled dough and scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture and form into a ball.
  9. Arrange on prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  10. Dip fork into a small bowl of water and make a criss-cross pattern by pressing fork gently onto individual cookie balls.This flattens the dough into an even symmetrical shape while also making a distinctive pattern peanut butter cookies are known for.
  11. Bake cookies on center of oven for 10-12 minutes until the edges turn golden in color. Allow to cool for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
  12. Serve with a glass of milk and store the rest in an airtight container. Stays fresh up to a week.
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