Grab Some Nuts Day!
Leave it to my friend, Kim, of Cravings of a Lunatic to organize a Grab Some Nuts Day! There are a lot of wise cracks that could be made with this theme, but I’ll leave them up to your imaginations. I was heading to Denver to visit my youngest sister, Maddy, who used to eat slice after slice of peanut butter toast when we were children. I knew she’d be thrilled with a special delivery of my Classic Peanut Butter Cookies.
I was not mistaken. She loved how tender and not overly sweet these babies were. Bill shared the family tradition he started years ago in his grandfather’s kitchen with Maddy and her husband. Bill’s dad caught his middle son eating cookies and milk early one morning during one of their visits. My father-in-law grew irate and started scolding Bill until Bill’s Great-aunt Kate intervened with, “It’s OK. It’s a breakfast cookie.” Bill’s dad was raised by his aunt and knew immediately he had no retort for any rules put out by the matriarch of the household. Maddy was happy to adopt the idea of breakfast cookies. I did comment that at least a peanut butter cookie contained a bit more protein than the Oreos and chocolate chip breakfast cookies that I’d observed the hubby snacking on for his breakfast cookie!
So whether or not you want to legitimize the breakfast cookie at your house, you’ll definitely want to bake up a batch of these classic peanut butter cookies. Be sure to visit all the other Nutty Participants for Grab Some Nuts Day:
- How to Toast your Nuts by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Flourless Peanut Butter Walnut Brownie Cookies by It’s Yummi
- Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies by Roxana’s Home Baking
- Salted Caramel Peanut Pie by Hungry Couple
- Pistachio Cream Cheese French Toast by Baking in a Tornado
- Dark Chocolate Chip + Hazelnut Cookies by Spiced
- Peanut Butter Martini Mousse by Cooking in Stilettos
- Classic Peanut Butter Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cashew and Pistachio Truffles by Culinary Ginger
- Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie by Kelli’s Kitchen
- Bourbon Pecan Pie for One by The Spiffy Cookie
- Herb Roasted Cashews by Noshing with the Nolands
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup of peanut butter (I used extra chunky Jif)
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- Additional sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment. Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer, beat the butter till smooth and creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat for another minute. Add the sugars and beat for a few minutes more. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- On low speed or by hand, add there served dry ingredients, mixing only till incorporated.
- Put some sugar into a small bowl or pie plate. Scoop out level tablespoons of dough and roll in sugar to coat. Place dough balls on prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2-inches space between them.
- To make the criss cross pattern, dip a fork in sugar and press down on top of the the dough balls in one direction, then again in the opposite direction.
- Bake for about 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for about a minute before moving to cooling rack.
!Tip of the Day: spray your measuring cup with non-stick spray before measuring out sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey. It will release like a dream and make clean up a lot easier!