Peanut Butter Cookies are delicious, but add in peanuts and it takes them in another direction. These cookies remind me of when I used to ride along in my Dad’s truck with him. He used to keep a container of cookies in his backseat floor area. This was “just in case” he needed a little pick-me-up during the day.
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Old Fashion Homemade Chunky Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups chunky peanut butter
- 1 ½ cups light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted peanuts, divided
- Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat and set aside.
- Cream the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix to combine.
- In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 2/3 cup unsalted peanuts. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Transfer dough to the refrigerator and chill for one hour.
- Once chilled, divide the dough into equal-sized balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each ball. Press the dough down with a fork in a crisscross fashion to flatten. Add remaining chopped peanuts to the top of the cookies and press the peanuts down into them.
- Place the baking sheets into the pre-heated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on top and cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and let the cookies sit for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool before serving. Enjoy!
Enjoyment from Baking Cookies
I don’t know what it is, but some smells that bring back fond memories, and one of them is the scent of a freshly baked cookie. I don’t have a sweet tooth and can actually survive without cakes or chocolates. Once I am hit by the smell of a cookie, I am taken back to wonderful memories.
It isn’t just eating a cookie that comes straight out of the oven that is enjoyable but making them can be very satisfying. Cookie baking can be a lot of fun if you have smaller kids, and that is where some of my earliest baking memories come from.
Making Memories while Baking
It was enjoyable helping my grandma mix all the cookie ingredients together and putting them on the cookie sheet before baking them. Having that time with my Grandma was special. Then she let me eat the bowl clean of the left over dough!
The first time I offered my daughter to help me bake some cookies, she was about three years old. Her little face turned into the biggest smile. Although the counters became a mess. We really had a terrific time with one another. The cookies were delicious, by the way.
Do you have kids in your family? Then why not give baking cookies a try? You don’t have to be an excellent baker. You can purchase cookie mixes that you just have to add water to so you have more chance of baking great cookies. You could always buy some cookie dough, but I think the making process is the best part!
You can make different shapes of cookies. Then decorate them afterward. Whether it is Christmas, Halloween, Valentines or Easter. Most kids love to make their own creations. Homemade cookies also make great gifts. Especially when your kids helped make them. A cookie that was decorated by a child for any occasion is bound to be enjoyed far more than a store-bought one.