Monday, March 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

When I make cookies I generally go straight to chocolate chip, but today I went for another classic -Peanut Butter cookies.  The boys wanted to help me which I always love, but oh man does it get messy in our kitchen!  I think it took me longer to clean up the mess than it did to make the cookies, but I am grateful to have their eager tiny hands at work with me!

We preheated the oven to 350 degrees and began by mixing 2 1/2 c flour with 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp salt.  We set this aside and in a separate bowl we beat 1 c peanut butter until it became creamy.

While Cole mastered the creaming of the peanut butter, Braydon enjoyed his classic sweet tooth craving of chocolate chips!

Once the peanut butter was well beaten, we added 1 c sugar and 1 c brown sugar ...

Cole took a spoonful of his sweet tooth craving ... brown sugar!  This has become our baking tradition where he naturally grabs 2 spoons for us each to share a bite, I love it!

Beat in both sugars.

Once the sugars were beaten, we added 2 eggs and by the looks of it the boys thought it was fun to watch the eggs pour through the sugars.  We also added 1 tsp of vanilla and beat this well too.

Once our batter had this consistency, we added the flour mixture and beat them together. 

The texture is very crumbly, so to help the dough gain a pliable texture for rolling, we melted 1 stick of butter and mixed this in as well.

Now our cookie dough is ready!  In a small dish we combined sugar with brown sugar to top our cookies.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet.

Gently flatten the dough down.

Top with the sugars.

Take a fork and criss cross the impression of the fork into your cookie.

Place in the oven to bake for 12 minutes.

Braydon was eager to eat them fresh from the oven until he realized how hot they were ... he decided to count the cookies while he waited!

Within a few moments remove from the baking sheets to cool completely and serve!

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