Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies

About two weeks ago was my father-in-law's birthday. I wanted to make him something special from the heart, so I decided to go with some peanut butter cookies. Peanut Butter cookies are one of his favorites AND they are a crowd pleaser. :)

Best part about this recipe: It's SUPER easy and the cookies look like a professional made them when you are done. :)

1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Butter (1 stick), room temperature
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1 1/4 cup Flour
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
Optional Garnish: Hershey Kisses

To make these little beauties, put your butter in a mixing bowl and mix until creamy. Next, add in your sugar and brown sugar and mix for 2 minutes. Then, add in your egg and peanut butter and mix until incorporated. Finally, add in your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt (this part might have to be done with a spoon).

Take your mixture and stick it in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. This will make your dough cold and hard so that it is easy to shape. Once your time is up, preheat your oven to 350, shape your dough into 1-1 1/4 inch balls, and lay out on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. You shape your cookies by rolling them around in your hands. If the cookie mixture starts to stick to your hands, put the dough back in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes before continuing. Here is what they should look like at this point:

Next, grab a small cup and fill it with water. Take a fork, dip it in the water, and make a criss-cross pattern on your cookie. You should need to dip your fork in the water about every 2-3 cookies.

Here is what your cookies should look like at this point:

Bake your cookies for 10-15 minutes (depending on how chewy you want them). Here is what they should look like:

If you are adding the Hershey Kiss, unwrap your kisses and press them down into the middle of your cookies while they are still hot. Here is what your final product should look like:


Happy Cooking
& Enjoy!!



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