The Classic Peanut-butter Cookie

17 Sep

When I was pregnant with Rudy I NEEDED my cookies! Oh my gosh, cookies were a daily consumption of mine. I really loved Traverse City Pie Company’s sugar cookie. I would buy extra cookies and then put in my freezer for my midnight craving! Sad, I know. But, guess what? Rudy’s FAVORITE food is COOKIES! I will take blame for it.

I love peanut butter! Love it, love it! I’m so glad that my children aren’t allergic to peanuts! I think I might be a “cookie closet eater.”
So, to combine peanut butter into a cookie is more then a classic cookie, it is pure genius!

Gather ingredients and a helper

I told Rudy I was making cookies. He acted very ambitious to help me, but he just spotted the chocolate kisses so he really was just pretending to want to help. He just wanted to eat the kisses. Rudy would come and sneak up on the counter, grab a chocolate kiss and scurry away like a raccoon. “Rudy Raccoon!”

I don’t stress over using unsalted butter. I just adjust the salt measurement in the recipe. If I have unsalted in my refrigerator then that’s what I’ll use. I definitely would not make a special trip to the store for it! I have found the only recipe I would stress to make sure I had unsalted butter for is Italian meringue frosting.
With like almost all cookies recipes cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars together first.

Whip until it turns a light color.

Add the egg and vanilla

Sift the dry ingredients together. I just whisk the ingredients together in a bowl. Martha Stewart does it that way…so it must be ok! Add to the creamed mixture.


Mix just until the dough is gathered into a ball and all the dough is cleaned from the bowl

Gather a heaping teaspoon full of cookie dough and roll a ball gently between your hands

Rolling in sugar is the traditional way to “dress” a p-nut butter cookie, but Max and Kent’s Tae Kwon Do Master is determined that is wrong! I’m convinced he is wrong!

I roll all the dough at once. I do this so I can clean up and it makes the cookie baking go by faster. Keep things moving, I have three hungry boys!

Line the cookie sheet with parchment and place the raw cookie dough on. Don’t over crowd! Give them room to stretch in the sauna!

I still put the traditional criss cross on the cookie and finish with a kiss

20120917-083526.jpgDon’t over bake! Remove from the hot cookie sheet

Enjoy! Eat while warm or wait until slightly cooled. That’s how I like my desserts slightly cooled and with a cold glass of milk…..yum!

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup Granulated sugar
1/2 cup Packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Creamy or crunchy peanut butter (I prefer jiff, but I had skippy for this batch)
1/2 cup Butter @ room temp.
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
11/4 cup All-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Hershey kisses

Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together the first four ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then add the egg and vanilla, mix well until the color turns light and texture turns fluffy. In another bowl sift together the remaining four ingredients and add to the cream mixture. Mix just until there is no more dry flour. Roll into balls, then in sugar. Line on cookie sheet and imprint with the classic criss cross. Place with a Hershey Kiss. Bake for 8-10 minutes; or just until the edges are turning golden. Enjoy!

*recipe tried and tested from


10 Responses to “The Classic Peanut-butter Cookie”

  1. lowkent 17/09/2012 at 2:12 pm #

    That little boy never fails to put a smile on my face!

  2. lowkent 17/09/2012 at 2:24 pm #

    That’s great, that put a big smile on my face!

    Kent Lowry Planning/Scheduling Manager Adco Corp.

  3. LorraineJean (@LorraineJean) 17/09/2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Peanut butter cookies….one of my favorites….but molasses is still number one 🙂
    Thank you Tahny for sharing!

  4. 18/09/2012 at 12:43 am #

    We put them in a cookie jar and now they are soft and good………verrrrry goooood

  5. Becky 19/09/2012 at 1:36 am #

    Yum! Can’t wait to make these! Love Rudy’s little face!!

  6. Forevermore 19/09/2012 at 12:42 pm #

    PB and Chocolate – a perfect marriage! Some day, I’m gonna get me one of those little helpers!!! Me missum helpers.

  7. Elizabeth 25/10/2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Still have this receipe on the yellow post it note, just made them recently.

    • Tahny Lowry 25/10/2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Whenever I make peanut butter cookies I think of you!

  8. laurasmess 06/08/2013 at 11:19 am #

    These sound delicious Tahny! It’s hard to find Hershey’s kisses over here in Australia (only in specialty shops, believe it or not!) but they add such a special hint of sweetness to these cookies. Glad that your son loves them too! xx


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