The Secret of Peanut Butter Cookies


I’m a peanut butter freak.  I don’t eat it by the spoonfuls.  Well… maybe I do, but just once in a blue moon.  I contribute my love for peanut butter to my mom.  She told me that when she was expecting me she adored peanut butter, and once I was born she never wanted to see the sight of peanut butter again.   All I can say is I’m glad I  never lost my love for it.

I have a certain criteria for cookies, and peanut butter cookies are no exception.  Yesterday, I decided to make a batch of cookies so I got out my trusty recipe box.  The recipe I have lets you in on a little secret.  If you prefer a harder cookie use baking soda, if you prefer a softer cookie, replace the baking soda with equal amounts of baking powder.   

I prefer a softer cookie so I took the baking powder route.  They turned out perfect.  The end result, a semi-soft cookie.  They are firm enough to dunk in a cup of coffee, or a glass of milk without falling apart, but are not hard by any means.  Perfect in my book.

My recipe is as follows:

1/2 c.  softened margarine

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 egg (room temp)

1  1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 c. peanut butter

1 1/2 c. flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda (for a softer cookie use baking powder)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix margarine, sugars, egg, vanilla and salt.  Blend until creamy.  Mix in peanut butter.   Add flour and baking soda (or powder).  Mix completely. 

Drop by the spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Using a fork make crisscross design.  Bake for approximately 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, and leave on cookie sheet until cooled. 




12 thoughts on “The Secret of Peanut Butter Cookies

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  3. I’m all about the soft cookies too! I am eager to try your recipe because these look SO VERY GOOD. There is nothing better than a good peanut butter cookie and a cup of milk. Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. I’m so ready for the weekend!

  4. My husband it the biggest peanut butter fan; I guess it does go back to the foods we grow up with. Our present favourite is the all natural kind which is less sweet. Bet it would be just great in your scrumptious cookie recipe.

  5. I am so a peanut butter nut. 🙂 There is nothing more wonderful than a good peanut butter cookie. They never fail to hit the spot for me. Soft….definitely the way to go.

  6. I love a soft cookie too and I *do* eat peanut butter by the spoonful. I got my own jar when I was little because I always snuck the knife back in and licked it. 🙂 I love these cookies. Thank you for sharing these!

  7. A soft peanut butter cookie, yippee!! I’ve learned that if you say a cookie is good, it’s good. Gotta make this one soon. and that black and white background is very pretty.


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