I feel like I've been posting nothing but cookies lately...but that's never a bad thing right? I don't know about you, but to me, cookies are the ultimate nostalgia.Well, I guess what I think the ultimate nostalgia would feel like, I actually didn't grow up in a home with sweets. The most sugar my older brother and I consumed growing up, was fruit. Maybe it was because we didn't have a baker in the home? I know I know, you can send me oodles of teary-eyed messages below. But I'll be honest, I am kind of grateful because I think that's what sparked my uber-obsession with the kitchen and baking! So hooooray for no sweets growing up (: / ) This was actually THE cookie that started it all for me, in the kitchen. I found out I had a knack for baking after I threw together a batch of these divine delights, delivered them to friends, and soaked up all the hurrah afterwards. I was thusly hooked. Anyway, I guarantee you will not feel nothing short of exactly that nostalgia I talk about with this ultimate peanut butter recipe.
2 sticks butter-softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar-packed
1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I use chunky, I think it adds to both texture and flavor)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl fitted with a paddle attachment mix together the butter, sugars, and peanut butter just until blended.
Sift together dry ingredients and add to the peanut butter mixture, add the vanilla.
Add eggs 1 at a time mixing well after each addition.
Roll dough into large balls, I use a heaping scoop (from an ice cream scoop).
Optional: make indentations with a fork in a criss-cross pattern, pressing down slightly to flatten the cookie dough just a smidge.
Bake for 20 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.