5 or < | Peanut Butter Cookies

by Jeanne


Lately I’ve become fascinated by the idea of simple food.  What this usually translates to is cookbooks coming off the shelf and lots of reading and researching. My current quest is around how many ingredients does it take for something to taste flavorful while minimizing the number of ingredients, time and a search for non-essential pantry items.  Many may think this combination is not easily found. But my efforts have been rewarded.  As a result I will be exploring this theme frequently here at World on a Plate.

The first entry is peanut butter cookies, a classic American treat.  Good Housekeeping Great American Classics Cookbook tells us that the spread was created in the late nineteenth century as a protein substitute for those with bad teeth. In the mid 20’s peanut butter cookies began to appear.  These cookies were usually rolled and cut into shapes. It wasn’t until the 40’s that the preparation shifted to that of rolling the batter into balls and carried its signature criss-crossed marks from the tines of a fork. 

There are as many recipes for this cookie as there are moms. But this recipe although minimal in components and instructions is full of flavor and sweetness. The cookie is thick and crispy at the edges and a bit chewy in the center and full of peanutty taste.

Simply Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes about 16 cookies

1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky

1 cup sugar

1 egg, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put all the ingredients into a mix bowl.  Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.

Separate mixture into round balls, about 1 tablespoon each.

Place batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart. Using a fork dunked into water after each impression make a crosshatch pattern on the top of the cookies, pressing to flatten out. 

Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until golden brown.