Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Sometimes nothing beats a classic! These Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies will remind you how good a simple cookie can be!
Peanut butter cookies have never been my favorite cookie… given the choice, I’d usually go for a Chocolate Crinkle, Snickerdoodle, or Chocolate Chip Cookie. But I recently had one of the best peanut butter cookies I’d ever had, and it make me reconsider them! =)
Most of the peanut butter cookies I’ve had in the past have been on the dry and crunchy side of the cookie spectrum…. but I recently enjoyed one (or two!) that was chewy and delicious! The difference in texture was all I needed to fall in love with Peanut Butter Cookies!
I went right to work mixing up a batch of Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies and I’m very happy with the results! Now, if crispy cookies are your thing, feel free to bake these an extra minute or two.
Following the recipe as is will produce a cookie that has a slightly crisp edge and a rich, chewy and moist (but not doughy) center.
I know I may have broken some kind of culinary law by not marking these cookies with the traditional criss-cross fork pattern… but I wanted to show off those beautiful creases that give you a peek of the chewiness inside! Of course feel free to add the criss-cross pattern if you like! =)
Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Yield: 24 large cookies
One bite of these chewy peanut butter cookies and you'll remember why this is such a classic, beloved cookie!
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted Challenge butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural)
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
additional sugar for rolling
In a medium sized bowl, add flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk together, then set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend softened butter, peanut butter and honey. Add brown sugar and (white) sugar and continue to blend. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and beat all ingredients until well incorporated.
While mixing, slowly add the bowl of flour.
Blend just until all the flour is incorporated.
If the dough is very soft, chill dough (in the fridge) about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350*F and line baking sheets with a Silpat liner (this is what I used) or parchment paper.
Using a 2 tablespoon sized scoop, scoop dough, then roll in your hands slightly to form a ball. Drop balls of dough into a small bowl of sugar, and roll to coat. Place balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet, then flatten to about 1/2" tall using the bottom of a glass.
Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven as soon as the tops are cracked, but the cookies appear slightly underdone. The cookies will continue to bake on the baking sheet as they cool. Cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet, then carefully move to a cooling rack.
Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
I used natural peanut butter than contains only peanuts and a small amount of salt. If using peanut butter with added sugar you may wish to reduce the sugar a bit. If you use natural peanut butter with no added salt, I would suggest you up the salt in the recipe to 1 teaspoon.
I used Challenge butter in this recipe, please feel free to use a high quality brand of your choice.
Recipe source - Glorious Treats
Now it’s time to grab a glass of milk and enjoy an old-fashioned treat!
What are your favorite cookies? Are peanut butter cookies on the list?
Give this recipe a try, and you might just have to add them to your list! =)