Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

I love big, soft, chewy cookies - so I came up with these!

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 t baking powder
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add to batter.  Refrigerate for 1 hour (makes the dough easier to handle and bakes more even).
Roll in to large balls and roll in sugar.  Flatten with fork, making the fun criss-cross pattern.  Or, if you have them, use a cookie press.  Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, until edges are light brown.  Cool for 10 minutes on cookie sheet, then move to wire rack.
Trust me, these are NUMMY!

I like to double my recipes, then freeze half the dough to use later.  When you do this, you can bake up just one batch at a time, so you don't have too many cookies in the house tempting you to eat them all.  And trust me, you'll be tempted! ;)

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