Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

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A recipe collection wouldn't be complete without most children's favorite cookie - Peanut Butter Cookies! This is a very easy-to-make and delicious cookie. I believe this cookie recipe was originally a Betty Crocker cookbook recipe from the 1950s.

Peanut Butter Cookies
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Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe:

Recipe Type: Cookies, Christmas Cookie, Peanut Butter
Yields: 3 dozen cookies
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 12 min


1/2 cup shortening (half butter or margarine), room temperature
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky), room temperature*
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

* Do not use old-fashioned style peanut butter or freshly-ground peanuts.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or use the Silicone Baking Mats to prevent the cookies from sticking. I personally recommend that you use the Silicone Baking Mats as nothing sticks to them.

In a large bowl, cream butter or margarine, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and baking salt.

Using your hands, roll dough by teaspoonfuls into approximately 1-inch small balls; place balls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten into a crisscross pattern with a fork that has been dipped in water.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. NOTE: Do not over bake as the bottoms of the cookies will burn easily. Remove from oven and cool on wire cooling racks.

Yields 3 dozen cookies.


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