So I've been baking for pretty much my whole life. It's one of my favourite things in life. But I haven't baked anything in over a month. That was one of the reasons I started this blog, I need to get back to doing what makes me happy.
So what better place to start off this blog than with the thing I've been procrastinating, making peanut butter cookies! I don't really have a favourite recipe for these, so my sister's soon to be mother-in-law suggested this one from the Joy of Cooking. They're a pretty standard peanut butter cookie, crunchy around the edges, soft in the middle, a little dry, but perfect with a glass of milk.
Preheat the oven to 375. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tsp baking soda.
In a separate bowl, combine 1/3 cup butter, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar until well blended. I still haven't figured out how to soften butter without melting it in my microwave and I've lived here two years.
Beat in one egg, 1 cup peanut butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
Stir into the flour mixture and combine until well blended.
Shape into balls (or if you're lazy like me just drop it by the spoonful) and place on cookie sheet. I used parchment because my cookie sheets aren't in the best shape, but just a greased pan should be fine.
Press with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let stand briefly and then transfer to a rack to cool.
Recipe taken from the Joy of Cooking
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup cutter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 375
Whisk together flour and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in egg, peanut butter and vanilla.
Stir into the flour mixture and combine until well blended. Shape into balls and place on cookie sheet. Press with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let stand briefly and then transfer to a rack to cool.