These cookies are so petite and peanut buttery…you are going to love them! Oh, and don’t forget to add the extra touch of tradition! What is that, you ask? Use a fork to make the criss-cross pattern, of course! By the way, do you know how that tradition started?
Some people think that the criss-cross marks are a warning. Others think that the criss-cross marks have a religious undertone. Another reason might be that, because a lot of people suffer from nut allergies, the criss-cross marks let people know that there is a nut ingredient within the cookies.
A baker’s reasoning might be that, by using a fork to make criss-cross marks on the balls of dough, it flattens the dough so that it will allow the cookies to bake evenly. Plus, this dough can be a bit crumbly by nature so pressing down on the balls of dough with a fork helps hold it together.
Which one do you think has some truth behind it?
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugars and peanut butter.
- Add eggs, flour, baking soda and vanilla extract.
- Place teaspoon-size balls of dough on a prepared cookie sheet. Flatten balls by pressing down on them with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Just be careful on the baking time…these little guys cook fast and there’s nothing worse than a rock-hard peanut butter cookie!
What’s your favorite recipe to make when you have some extra peanut butter lying around?