Sunday, September 18, 2011

I Can Make Peanut Butter Cookies. I Can.

The husband always wins when we play rummy. I try to beat him, but I can't. I can shuffle the cards, though, and do that fancy bridge move, so that's what I do.

I can't hold my breath under water. I always have to plug my nose. If I don't, it isn't pretty.

I've always loved curly hair, but I have no idea how to use a curling iron. No matter what I do, I always end up with a curl and then a crimp on the end. I stick with the straightener.

When I grow up, I'd like to be one of those football mommas who can whistle really loud with two fingers in her mouth. But I've tried; I just don't know how to do it. I guess I'll have to get a bullhorn or something.

What else can't I do?

I can't make blondies. 
My blondies: hard on the outside and raw on the inside.

So don't sign me up to make chewies for the bake sale. I can make cookies. 

We had a tailgate party at work last week. Where was I the night before the big hoorah? Making a huge mess in the kitchen, mumbling under my breath at the smoking oven and wondering how in the world I could run out of sugar AND all-purpose flour.

My blondies were a complete failure. They looked great when they came out of the oven: a beautiful toasted-brown pan of blondies, with a crisp top that I imagined would crunch oh so slightly before you got to the chewy buttery inside.

They looked good, right?

As you can see, though, they were raw, raw, raw on the inside. And not that almost-raw-on-the-inside taste that makes a good cookie. These were just plain raw.

I threw them all in the trash and reached for the peanut butter. I needed a tablespoon to ease my frustrations. And then it hit me: I can make peanut butter cookies. That's something I can do.

peanut butter cookie recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies
From What Can I Bring? Cookbook, Anne Byrn

1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat the butter, peanut butter and sugars in a mixer for one minute on medium, scrape the sides, and mix for another minute. You want the ingredients to mix completely and become lighter in color.

Add in the egg and vanilla and mix for about another 30 seconds.

Sift together the flour, soda and salt in a medium/large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture in the mixer, mixing on a low speed until all incorporated. (Be sure to scrape the bowl as necessary so as not to have any flour hanging out on the sides or on the bottom of the bowl.)

Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You want the dough to be firm and manageable. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

Use a small cookie scoop to place the dough on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake until the cookies begin to brown: 7-9 minutes for softer cookies, 8-12 minutes for firmer cookies.

Let the cookies cool on the pans for a minute or two and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

According to the cookbook, these can keep covered for a week. Good luck with that. I've never lived in a house in which peanut butter cookies could survive an entire week. After about two days, they're usually a distant memory!


  1. Don't get down over one baking mishap - they happen to everyone.
    Maybe if the chewies don't cook right next time - break them apart and cook them in smaller pieces longer, then toss them into some ice cream! Make blondie/butterscotch ice cream. Hmmm. Good luck!!

  2. I agree w Megan! It happens to all of us! The cookies sound awesome. I love me some PB cookies : )

  3. I never win at Scrabble, can't breathe out of my nose underwater, and everything I bake turns out wrong. But I'm thinking I can make these peanut butter cookies! :)

  4. And I'm going on a limb here when I say people can take the recipe, but nobody is making these cookies as good as yours. Isn't happening. Now how's about mailing some? :D

  5. Those cookies look awesome. Little big brother would like some too.

  6. Mr. P.J., I have to admit these cookies were good, but it's not the recipe for your favorites. (Just in case you were going to try your hand at baking, I didn't want you to be disappointed!) I did just make Little Big Brother a batch of reeeeally good p.b. cookies, though. I can't wait to put them in the mail!

  7. My advice head up and try again..:)) I wish I can whistle with two fingers too..can't do it and that my fiend is not pretty hahaha

  8. Never tried to make blondies, had bad experiences with brownies pretty similar to yours! The cookies on the other hand... I could make those babies and eat them too ;)

  9. You had to tell me you mailed a batch of the good ones to Little Big Brother? Sheesh. :(

    You are giving me ammo for a future blog post over at my piece of the Internets. ;)

  10. When you use the curling iron, don't clamp your hair in it just twirl it around and hold the end, much easier :) And those cookies look mighty fantastic.

  11. Thanks for stopping by Jenny - and for the tip. I'd really love to be able to use a curling iron! :)


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