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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 35 min
  • Servings 30

The hash mark may be one of the most prevalent symbols in modern life, but it’s been the “mark” of peanut butter cookies for more than eighty years. Whether or not peanut butter cookies’ marking was ahead of it time, these cookies are a timeless classic for any baker. MORE+ LESS-

September 20, 2018

Ingredients

1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup peanut butter
1/4
cup shortening
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
egg
1 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1/4
teaspoon salt

Steps

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  • 1
    Mix sugars, peanut butter, shortening, butter and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • 3
    Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in crisscross pattern with fork dipped into sugar.
  • 4
    Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

  • The fork crisscross is the classic way to make the distinctive look of peanut butter cookies, but you can use the bottom of a decorative juice glass like an old-fashioned cookie press.

Expert Tips

  • Have a household full of kids? Mix up and chill the dough for up to 24 hours so you’re able to effortlessly bake cookies on demand.
  • Use either chunky or smooth peanut butter, but look for one that’s thick and doesn’t need to be stirred up to keep the oils integrated in the butter.
  • Make Inside Out Peanut Butter Cup Cookies: roll a small chunk of semi-sweet baking chocolate into the middle of the dough balls. Roll in a raw sugar and lightly press to flatten.
  • For a special treat, sandwich two of these all-time favorites together with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Roll the edge in chopped candy bar or nuts.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
110
Calories from Fat
55
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
Cholesterol
5 mg
Sodium
100 mg
Potassium
50 mg
Total Carbohydrate
12 g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
2 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • The fork-tined hash mark gives homemade peanut butter cookies their distinctive look. How did this baking tradition come to be? The first instructions for making the mark on the top of peanut butter cookies was in a recipe from a 1936 Pillsbury cookbook. There was no reason given for the marking, but some bakers and food experts suggest that it serves a very practical purpose by helping the cookies bake more evenly. That’s important because the addition of peanut butter makes the dough denser and more difficult to bake thoroughly. By putting the fork-tine marks in cookie dough balls, they’re being flattened for more even baking. The result is a cookie that’s soft and chewy, with contrasting crispy edges where the marks have been formed. Get more handy tips for peanut butter cookie recipes in the How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies guide and find creative variations on the basic in Betty's best butter cookies collection.

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