Our dear friend Suzi is leaving us soon to pursue a nursing degree. It’s sad that we won’t be able to hang out with her as often after she moves away. But at the same time, I am happy for her starting a new chapter in her life. Her favorite cookies are peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies. So I am making these for her as a small farewell gift when she comes over for dinner tonight.
Creaming butter and sugar is the standard process of making cookies, however,Â this recipe calls for melted butter (!) It’s unusual for a cookie recipe. But I think the melted butter really gives these cookies the melt-in-your-mouth texture. Hope Suzi will like those cookies.
Peanut Butter Cookies
makes 2 dozen cookies
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1. In a medium bowl, put in melted butter, sugar, peanut butter and one egg. Mix it with an electric mixer until smooth.
2. Mix together the dry ingredients â€“ flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir them in the peanut butter mixture.
3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
4. Take out the dough from the fridge. Preheat the oven to 350F.
5. Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough, and with wet hands shape into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart of baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork lightly press on the ball of dough to slightly flatten and make an indentation.
6. Bake until light brown, about 15-18 minutes.
Recipe source: Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cookie cookbook.