Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m not a big peanut butter fan, but when I am in the mood for peanut butter these are the cookies I like to make.  They’re super soft and add just the right amount of sweetness to counteract any bitterness from the peanut butter.  Does anyone else think peanut butter is bitter?

The trick to keeping these beauties super soft, is really simple.  Don’t over bake them!  In fact, I take them out of the oven and let them cool directly on the baking sheet.

Don’t be like my husband and eat one right out of the oven, unless you like gooey peanut butter dough.  Just be patient and let them cool for 45 minutes to an hour and they’ll be perfect.  I promise!

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Adapted from Ghoulish Goodies (I know, great title, right?!)

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup smooth peanut butter (I use Skippy Natural)

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment.  Set aside.

Using your beaters, cream the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and peanut butter together until creamy.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt.  Beat until the flour is completely incorporated.

Take a cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 Tbsp size) and scoop out some cookie dough, roll it into a ball and place it on the parchment.  Take a fork and gently press the tines into the ball of dough flattening it.  Lift up and repeat on the other side, making a crisscross pattern.  If the fork sticks, dip in a bowl of granulated sugar before making marks.

Once you’re able to make the crisscross pattern with minimal stickiness (my dough still had some, but that’s good because it means softer cookies!) Then pop the cookies into the oven for 12 minutes.

When done, leave the cookies on the baking sheet for 45 minutes, or an hour, to cool completely.  Enjoy!

*I like to freeze the cookie dough.  To do this, simply do everything except don’t put them in the oven, instead place them in the freezer, and take them out after an hour and place in a ziploc bag.  Frozen cookies take about 20 minutes to bake.

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