My husband informed me that his office is having a baked goods party....and he wanted to bake something. Something to do with celebrating Valentines Day.
Can I bake some sugar cookies?
To me, nothing says Valentine's like sugar cookies.
Uh...No, I'm not a big fan of sugar cookies.
I did not know that. I have been married to this man for almost 21 years and did not know that.
I want to bake something else...err...maybe peanut butter cookies?
Okay, I'll make some for you. Remember, I'm the one that likes to bake!
No. I want to bake them. He sounded very decisive...
Okaaayy...this was like me wanting to make a birdhouse using his shop and tools...I wouldn't know the first thing about using a table saw.
I showed him which recipe that our family likes out of the 10 or so peanut butter cookie recipes that I have collected over the years.
Our family likes this one for one reason only.
These cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy and tender in the inside and have dunkability. That is, the ability to be dunked in a glass of milk without totally falling apart.
I am NOT a dunker. But, being in a family of boys, they just HAVE to dunk their cookies in milk and drink the cookie mush from the bottom.
That's right. Cookie mush.
After 20 minutes, my husband comes out.
Hypothetically, if I were to forget to turn the timer on, how would I know when the cookies are done?
How long have they been in there?
He shrugged his shoulders. Don't know. Ten minutes?
I race out to the kitchen and take a peek. The cookies are just turning a dark brown around the edges. It's really hard to tell with a brown cookie...but they were ready to come out.
He grabbed a spatula and lifted a cookie onto the cooling rack. It crumbled before he could set it down.
Wait! I said. You gotta let these cookies cool on the baking sheet to help them set up. Dunkability, remember?
This recipe comes from my good friend, Janet. It works every time.
Peanut Butter Cookies
from my friend, Janet
(4x6 printable recipe) (full page recipe)
1 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 t. vanilla
3 c. all purpose flour
1 t. salt
2 t. baking soda
Cream shortening and sugars together.
Add eggs, peanut butter and vanilla.
Mix in flour, salt and baking soda.
Mold into balls the size of walnuts or use a 2 T. cookie scoop onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Press each cookie with the tines of a fork, dipping the fork into flour if necessary.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden.