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Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a recipe we've been using in my family for many years. The ingredients are as follows:

1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup of peanut butter
2 cups of flour
2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by adding the shortening (I like to use butter-flavored in this recipe) and the sugars to your mixing bowl:

Cream the shortening and the sugars together:

While creaming the shortening and sugars, add the vanilla:

Add the eggs, one at a time:

Beat in eggs, until the dough gets fluffy:

Once the eggs are thoroughly mixed in, scrape the sides of the bowl:

Add the peanut butter (I usually like to do half chunky and half creamy, but I didn't have creamy today):

Add the salt:

And then add the baking soda:

Add the flour one cup at a time:

Mix in the flour well:

Scrape the bowl, to ensure all the flour gets mixed in:

Once the dough is ready, it's time to scoop. I like to have a couple different sized cookie scoops to chose from:

Today, I decided to use my larger scoop:

Drop scoops of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet:

Now it's time to flatten the cookies. Many people use a fork, but I've always liked a square pattern, so I use a spatula (make sure to dip your implement in flour, to avoid sticking):

Flatten all the cookies, and then place in the oven for 11 minutes:

As with the thumbprint cookies, I like to prepare additional parchment sheets, so they are ready for the oven:

Remove the cookies from the oven and let stand for about a minute:

Remove the cookies from the cookie sheets with a spatula, and place on a cooling rack:

I managed to forget to take a picture of the cookies cooling on the rack, sorry.

Enjoy the cookies:

Stay tuned until next time, when I make my famous bar cookies!


( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Of all the cookies my wife makes, these are my favorite. They're THE BOMB. THE SUGAR BOMB. THE PEANUT-BUTTERY SUGAR BOMB. Yeah. Yummie. Get in the kitchen and make me some more.
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