It snowed AGAIN this weekend - we have a total of about 33" stacked up in my yard from all the storms recently - so I wanted to avoid going to the store if possible. Luckily, I had all the ingredients for these basic peanut butter cookies. These are the standard, classic PB cookie. Criss-cross on the top and everything. I got it from my old Southern Living Cookbook, which is almost always reliable for these sorts of things. The cookies were tasty and enjoyable. And, fun fact! according to the cookbook, they have only 83 calories apiece. Hooray!
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook, page 147
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat butter and peanut butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well. Add eggs, beating well.
Combine flour, soda, and salt in a medium bowl; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in vanilla. Cover and chill 3 hours.
Shape into 1 1/4-inch balls; place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Dip a form in additional sugar; flatten cookies in a criss-cross design. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Yield: 6 dozen