What makes them so special, you ask? Well, aside from the fact that they're delicious, they're also incredibly easy to make. Plus, who doesn't love the combination of sweet and salty? So, let's get baking!
What is it?
Peanut butter cookies are a type of cookie made with, you guessed it, peanut butter! They're typically soft, chewy, and have a slightly crunchy texture from the added sugar.
Why is it special?
Peanut butter cookies are special because they're a classic American treat that everyone can enjoy. Whether you're a kid or an adult, there's something comforting about biting into a warm, freshly baked peanut butter cookie.
What are the ingredients?
To make classic peanut butter cookies, you'll need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
How long does it take to make?
From start to finish, it should take about 30-40 minutes to make a batch of peanut butter cookies.
How do you make it step-by-step?
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the peanut butter, white sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Add in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until well combined.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on the lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.
Using a fork, press down on each cookie to create a crisscross pattern on the top.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Now, let's talk about the nutritional information of these cookies. I know some of you are concerned about your health, but let's be honest – we're making cookies here. These aren't exactly the pinnacle of health food. However, I'll give you the rundown anyway. One serving of peanut butter cookies (which is usually two cookies) contains about 150-200 calories, depending on the size. They also have about 10 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein. Hey, at least there's some protein in there, right?
What are some tips to make it the best?
- Make sure to use creamy peanut butter instead of crunchy to ensure a smooth and even texture.
- Don't overmix the dough - this can lead to tough and dry cookies.
- Use parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.
- For extra crunch, try adding in some chopped peanuts to the dough.
What are some delicious food pairings?
Peanut butter cookies pair well with a variety of different foods. Here are some of our favorites:
- A scoop of vanilla ice cream
- A drizzle of melted chocolate or caramel sauce
- A dollop of whipped cream
So there you have it, folks - everything you need to know about classic peanut butter cookies! Happy baking!