Classic cookie recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies using pantry ingredients and a hand mixer. You can use a stand mixer but mixing by hand or a hand mixer works just a well. A simple recipe to start with to teach your kids cooking with your and a good snack for that midday break.
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Peanut Butter Cookies home-baked is a classic in most American homes. Having that smell of fresh-baked cookies reminds you of home and mom and grandparents. While you may not be doing a lot of shopping you can make delicious peanut butter cookies with simple ingredients you may already have at home.
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How to Shape Peanut Butter Cookies
There are different ways to shape your peanut butter cookie before you bake it. You can just drop on your ungreased cookie sheet but then the cookie is lumpy. (The two cookies on the bottom left are just dropped on the cookie sheet, the cookie on the top right is free form dropped with the criss-cross pattern. All the other pictures are rolled into a ball in sugar then crisscrossed. )
The second way if you are in a hurry but want a more flat cookie is to spoon drop on the cookie sheet and then dip a fork in sugar and make the classic check pattern. The cookie will have a more country misshaped appearance. (but no one cares but you, as they taste great)
The way my mom shaped her cookies and I shape for my kids is to make them round with the check pattern. Take a spoonful of cookie dough and plop it in a bowl of sugar. Roll it around a little and then shape into a ball in your hands. Place the ball of sugar-covered dough on an ungreased Cooke sheet. Take a fork dipped in sugar and make the crisscross texture not he top.
Why Pantry Ingredients?
We all need go-to recipes that call for pantry ingredients because you never know when you can get out to the store and if they will have what you need. It may be a big snowstorm like we get often, or some states have bad wind that makes the roads impassable. Even now when I am writing this post when we want to stay at home as much as possible to avoid betting ill or making others ill.
Make sure to have your pantry stocked with the basics, flour, sugar, dry yeast, baking soda, baking powder, salt, butter, milk, and eggs. I also like to have jello and instant pudding along with a freezer full of options for dinners.
The Benefits of Cooking with your Kids!
Cooking with your kids will benefit both you and your children. You will have fun quality time with your children and they will learn valuable life skills. Cooking is art and science and both are skills we need our children to understand. And maybe they will be like my middle child and want to help and cook all the time.Print
- 1 & 1/2 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup of room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Extra white sugar to roll the round cookies in before baking
- Preheat oven to 375° F
- Mix all the dry ingredients together, flour, baking soda, and salt set aside.
- Cream the butter and white and brown sugar. ( not the 1/2 for rolling).
- Add the milk and the vanilla.
- Add the egg and peanut butter to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well by hand, it will be sticky.
- Using two spoons or a cookie scoop form one tsp balls of dough, drop in the bowl of white sugar to coat and roll around.
- Place the cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Take a fork dipped in sugar and make a criss-cross pattern on the top of the cookie to flatten the cookie into a flat round shape.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes depending on your oven.
- When you take cookies out of the oven transfer to a cooling rack.
- Take one unwrapped Kiss and gently place in the center of each cookie, press lightly.
- Let cool