When I went grocery shopping last week, I fell victim to a sale on Skippy peanut butter. Each jar was only $1.50! I just had to buy a jar of the natural creamy kind AND the honey roasted creamy kind! But, with so much peanut butter, I knew I had to make some peanut butter treats to give away fast, lest my waistline succumb to both jars. So, I made chewy peanut butter cookies from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book (recipe below).
After two weeks of positive reviews, the 107.5 WGCI afternoon drive crew is quickly becoming my default group of eager treat samplers. This week, they get to enjoy these peanut butter cookies: some plain, some with a dark chocolate drizzle, and a few completely coated in dark chocolate. Here’s hoping the cookies are a hit!
Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
(from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book)
1/2 c. smooth peanut butter
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Position a rack in the top and bottom thirds of your oven. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream peanut butter, butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes. Beat in the egg.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix until combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that everything is combined evenly.
Scoop dough by rounded tablespoons and roll into balls. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets, and press down slightly. The cookies should now measure approx. 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Overbaking will cause these chewy cookies to become crunchy so try to avoid it.
The next link-up for Ina’s Garden is next week, September 1st, when the theme will be Indian Summer. For those unfamiliar with the term, there’s a great write-up here to give you an idea.