Monday, May 5, 2014

Martha Stewart's Peanut Butter Cookies

We recently had a recent widower over for dessert.  When my husband asked him what he liked, he said he didn't like chocolate and a few other things.  When it came down to it, he wanted peanut butter cookies :)  I haven't made PB cookies in a long time so went searching for a new recipe. 

I found this yummy Martha Stewart recipe that made the most wonderful, crispy on the outside, perfect PB cookie I've had in a while.  Definitely a keeper!

Martha Stewart's Peanut Butter Cookies

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Dry-roasted, salted peanuts, for sprinkling (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and mix on medium speed until well combined.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift flour and baking soda together. Add to the butter mixture, and beat just to combine.

Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough, shape into a ball, and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough, placing scoops 3 inches apart. Dip the tines of a fork in warm water; press the dough balls lightly with the back of the fork to flatten them slightly (dip the fork back in the water for each dough ball, to prevent sticking). Sprinkle with a few peanuts, if desired.

Transfer to the oven, and bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheets between the oven shelves halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheets to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Recipe Source:  Martha Stewart

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