Classic Peanut Butter Cookies


After over 12 years of marriage, you kinda assume you know everything there is to know about a person. I however just found out that peanut butter cookies are my husbands favorite. I mean, I've made them loads of times, I just never knew they were his FAVORITE kind (next to snickerdoodles, which I did know he loved). There was only one thing to do after discovering this little factoid about the love of my life....

 

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
yields approximately 26 3-inch cookies
 
What you'll need:
1/2 c. sugar, plus extra for pressing the cookie dough
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
 
What you do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
 
2. Using an electric mixer, (or by hand), beat together the sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening and butter in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add egg & mix well. Add in flour mixture.
 
3. Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls (about 2 T. dough per cookie). Place 3 inches apart on a baking sheet. Using a fork dipped in reserved sugar, press a criss-cross shape into each cookie, flattening the cookie dough.
 
4. Bake until light brown, 9-10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

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