|Just made these yesterday!|
Okay, just because I'm a nice guy, I'm going to share my recipe for peanut butter cookies. Done right, they're crisp on the outside but chewy inside ... great with or without milk (but I suggest milk for dunking!).
Peanut Butter Cookies
2¼ c. all-purpose flour1½ tsp. baking soda1 tsp. salt¾ c. granulated sugar¾ c. brown sugar1 c. butter (2 sticks), softened2 eggs1 tsp. vanilla extract1 c. peanut butter (your choice of creamy or chunky)Oven 375°
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In mixing bowl, cream together sugar, brown sugar and butter. Mix in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla extract, then peanut butter. Finally mix in dry ingredients a little at a time for best incorporation.
Using a cookie scoop, place 1-tbsp. balls of dough 1"-1½" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with the tines of a fork in a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 9-11 minutes at 375°; set aside sheet to cool for about 5 min. before removing cookies onto wax paper. Makes 3½-4 dozen.
This is also my base recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, except using ½ cup peanut butter and one small (12 oz.?) bag of chips — Ghirardelli makes morsels now, so give it a try! Also, if you use ½ cup granulated and ½ cup brown sugar, cut out the peanut butter, substitute 1 cup Hershey's Cocoa and Reese's peanut butter chips, you get the opposite effect. Eventually, though, I'll have to make the ultimate death-by-chocolate cookie!
Later this week, I'll be trying out a new recipe for sugar cookies. The Better Homes & Gardens recipe works great for flat cut-outs ... but I want round, slightly puffy cookies with frosting. Also in the pipeline is a batch of lemon bars:
2 c. flour1 c. butter (2 sticks)½ c. powdered sugar4 eggs4 tbsp. lemon juice2 c. sugar4 tbsp. flour1 tsp. baking powder½ tsp. saltOven 350°
Melt butter in a 13"x 9" pan. Mix 2 c. flour and powdered sugar. Pour mixture into pan. Stir; press firmly to make bottom crust. Bake 20 min. at 350°.
Beat eggs and lemon juice. Sift together sugar, 4 tbsp. flour, baking powder and salt. Blend into egg mixture. Pour over crust while crust is still hot; bake 25 min. more at 350°. Remove from oven; sift powdered sugar over top. Cut into squares.
As far as writing goes, as everything seems to be slowing down in preparation for Christmas, I think I will too. But I should be able to post a couple more times before then.