Earlier this week I had a craving for peanut butter cookies, which is odd, because I’m not the world’s biggest fan of peanut butter cookies. I think it’s the flat, slightly crunchy texture I’m not crazy about. And don’t get me started on those little fork prints in the tops! What if I want a peanut butter cookie WITHOUT fork prints?! Anyway, to satisfy my peanut butter cookie craving, I did a search for ‘soft peanut butter cookies’ on allrecipes.com and came out with this recipe. It’s different from any other peanut butter cookie I’ve ever had- really soft in the middle, yet slightly crumbly with an almost shortbread-like texture. Really, really delicious! I split my dough in half, used one half for plain peanut butter cookies, then used the other half for something else. Something….really sinful. But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for those.
Soft and Crumbly Peanut Butter Cookies
-adapted from allrecipes.com
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter and sugars for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla.
Gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed. Chill dough 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
Place by rounded spoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, until edges are very lightly browned (cookies will not spread much at all). Do not overbake.
*Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies