The following is a classic peanut butter cookie recipe, though I opted to make it on a day when I was tired, stressed out and had already had one kitchen disaster. Follow me to the ultimately delicious, yet at times unsavory, step-by-step cookie process.
For these cookies, you will need:
- 1 cup (two sticks) of unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Additional granulated sugar for coating
Now then, on to the recipe. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
First, cream together the butter and both the granulated and brown sugar. If your brown sugar is all clumped up, you have but two choices – a) try and soften it by throwing the sugar and a piece of bread in a microwave-safe container and heating it, covered, on high in the microwave for 30 seconds OR b) buy some new brown sugar and vow to keep it shut air-tight for the length of an entire year. I chose a. It worked out alright, but I still ended up tossing the bag as soon as I had scraped out 3/4 cup of it. Then I huffed about it.
Next, add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
Notice that the bowl you’re using is too small to accommodate such a ridiculous amount of flour. Cry about it. Take off your apron. Go back to your own apartment to cool off and shut off the negative internal monologue. Have your boyfriend follow you to make sure you’re not suffering a nervous breakdown. Try to be cool about it. Grab a cookie tin while you’re up there.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well. Sift if you must. Add to the butter and sugar mixture a little at a time until all is fully incorporated. Get mad because your boyfriend tries to poke fun at you for being such a baby.
Add peanut butter and vanilla and mix well.
Measure a rounded teaspoon of the mixture and, using your hands, roll into a ball. Dip into extra sugar. Place on cookie sheet and press lightly with a fork, creating a cross-hatch pattern. Let your boyfriend go lay down while you finish making two dozen of these things.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before placing them into a wax paper-lined cookie tin.
Have a cookie. Feel better. Repeat as necessary.
Read the recipe here.