Post-Christmas tree quest reward: peanut butter cookies!


Hubby’s favorite cookies are peanut butter cookies.  I don’t make them nearly often enough, but on the way home from getting our Christmas tree yesterday afternoon I told him I was going to make them.  I thought he was going to drive into the ditch he was so excited.  Fortunately, we made it home safe and sound, and once we got the tree in the house and situated in its new home, I made the cookies.

I don’t use my stand mixer nearly as often as I should for making cookie dough, but yesterday I decided I needed to change that…..And I am not sure I will ever mix cookie dough by hand again.  That’s probably a lie, but I really liked the ease that everything came together and how uniform the dough was from the thorough mixing by the paddle.  And this time of year, when I can be found making several types of  cookies like snickerdoodles, gingersnaps, candy canes, and sand crescents, using the stand mixer makes a lot of sense to save time and sore arm muscles.

There is nothing unique about these cookies.  They are just your standard peanut butter cookie.  But they are tasty.  And they are crispy and flaky, which is just how Hubby likes them.


Peanut Crunch Cookies (from Christmas Cookies, 1986)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and peanut butter; gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy.  Add egg and beat well.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Mix well.

Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.  Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Dampen the back of a fork and dip in the flour mixture.  Gently flatten each cookie ball twice with the fork, rotating the fork 90 degrees between presses, and dipping the fork in the flour mixture after every time you press the cookie.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 minutes, or until the edges begin to just turn brown.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

And Hubby would say, “To serve, dunk in milk.”

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