How to make peanut butter cookies

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How to make peanut butter cookies
Peanut butter cookies can be made with smooth or crunchy peanut butter. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

This all-time favourite tastes great and is easy to make. Try using "natural" peanut butter (the kind that separates - stir it together first) or crunchy peanut butter in the recipe. This recipe makes about two dozen cookies.

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Things you need

  • 120ml (1/2 cup) peanut butter
  • 2.5g (1/2 tsp) baking soda
  • 64g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 65g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2.5g (1/2 tsp) baking powder
  • 5g (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 90g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 30g (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar
  • Measuring spoons
  • Oven gloves
  • Cooling racks
  • Measuring cups
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Mixing spoons
  • Hand mixers
  • Mixing bowls

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  1. 1

    Use a wooden spoon or electric mixer to beat the butter and peanut butter until combined, about 30 seconds.

  2. 2

    Add the sugar, baking soda and powder, and beat until combined.

  3. 3

    Add the vanilla and the egg and beat until combined.

  4. 4

    Stir in the flour until incorporated. The dough will become thick and difficult to work at this point; you may want to chill it for an hour or so until it's easier to work with.

  5. 5

    Heat oven to 170 degrees C (350 degrees F).

  6. 6

    Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them a few inches apart on the greaseproof paper set out on trays.

  7. 7

    Butter the tines of a large fork and use it to press the cookies flat. Make a design of perpendicular lines with the fork. Re-butter the fork as necessary. You can also dip the buttered fork into granulated sugar before pressing; some of the sugar will then stick to the cookies.

  8. 8

    Bake for 10 minutes or until just starting to brown around the edges.

  9. 9

    Remove from the greaseproof paper to cool.

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