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On Friday, I discovered that today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. And when I heard that, I knew I couldn’t let today pass without proclaiming my love of peanut butter and sharing a peanut butter recipe. So off I went, in search of a fabulous recipe. But the more I looked, the more difficult it came to find something that sounded good and felt right. Nothing was exciting me. But my mind just kept going back to peanut butter cookies. Boring – I know. Everyone has had peanut butter cookies, and I’m sure 99% of you already have your favorite recipe. But that’s all that sounded good to me, so I went with it!

And really, I’m glad I went with my instincts, because I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks, and now it is starred as a favorite recipe. These peanut butter cookies are G-O-O-D. In fact, I’m grateful that the recipe only makes 2 dozen, because I’m sure my husband and I could have each eaten 2 dozen by ourselves!

How are you celebrating National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day?

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Makes 2 dozen cookies

½ cup smooth peanut butter
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt

Position the rack in the top and bottom third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the peanut butter with the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in the egg.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix until combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that everything is combined evenly.

Scoop dough by the rounded tablespoonful and roll into balls. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets, and press down slightly. Using a fork dipped in flour, press down on the cookies first one way and then the other to form an “X” pattern, creating the cross hatch effect. (The cookies should now measure approximately 2 inches in diameter.) Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Overbaking will cause these chewy cookies to become crunchy, so try to avoid it.

The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, they can be frozen wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil for up to 1 month. Do not unwrap before defrosting.

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18 Responses to Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Kim says:

    Those cookies look so light and soft! Didn't know it was national PB day. Does that mean that I did the right thing by eating 4 peanut butter patty girl scout cookies;D

  2. Rebecca says:

    I'm glad today is national PB day! I just put some on my toast :) Those cookies look deeeeelish!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I will be eating peanuts today (like any other day), that's for sure…

    Those cookies are pretty and tempting!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. Pam says:

    Oh, your cookies look divine and I would like to have one now to go with my morning cup of coffee! Peanut Butter cookies are my favorite! I'm off to eat some PB and celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover's Day!

  5. Gina says:

    Definitely marking this one. I love a good chewy cookie. What do you think about adding chocolate chips? Chocolate and peanut butter is such a perfect combo!

  6. Bellini Valli says:

    It is hard to find a truly exceptional peanut butter cookie that all will love…I think you've done it:D

  7. Katrina says:

    I found out this morning, from Anna's blog, Cookie Madness, that today is Natl. PB Day, so I, too, just pulled pb cookies out of the oven (from Anna's site). There's so many out there to choose from. Love a good pb cookie.
    My parents are vendors at their farmer's markets and my mom told me that she BY FAR sells more pb cookies than any other, even more than ccc's. Whoddah thunk it? ;)

  8. grace says:

    i had no idea. now what will i do? meh, i'm not above slathering some pb on some saltines as a late-night snack. :)
    great cookies, by the way–it's all about the criss-cross. :)

  9. Liz says:

    Chewy cookies definitely rock! thanks for the recipe.

  10. Sweet and Savory says:

    I just made flourless pb & coconut cookies on Saturday! So easy, I'll be posting them this week sometime! As I was making them, I said to myself, "why do I have to make the fork marks in pb cookies….must just be tradition?"

    Your's look great!

  11. teresa says:

    looks like an excellent way to celebrate pb!

  12. Sophie says:

    PB cookies are always a fun treat, perfect way to celebrate PB day. I really need to get updates about these foodie days, I missed pancake day :/.

  13. Barbara says:

    I didn't have your cookies to munch on, but I did take a spoonful in honor of pb day!
    These look yummy. Nothing better than a pb cookie with milk!

  14. Bethany Park says:

    Oh no! I missed it! Why didn't someone tell me sooner?

    The cookies look great — it's always fun to discover a new recipe for a favorite food!

  15. Becca says:

    I haven't found a favorite PB cookie yet, I'm up for trying this one – with one small change. Chunky peanut butter over the smooth.

  16. TheKeilShpeel says:

    Those look soo good

  17. Samantha Kate says:

    I just made a batch of this dough! I'll be baking them after dinner, hope it turns out :)

  18. Harmony says:

    Cookies tasted great although 10 mins seemed a bit much for bake time. Depends on your oven I guess, they are good cookies to watch for your first time baking to make sure they dont burn !

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