Unlike most peanut butter cookies, which tend to be soft, these cookies are crisp and melt in your mouth with a shortbread-like texture. If you can, freshly grind your own peanut butter with a coarse setting, leaving a few big peanut pieces for extra crunch. We use a meat mallet to cross-hatch our cookies.–Meg Ray
LC Not Your Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies Note
Meg says it like it is. These little lovelies are unexpectedly crisp for a peanut butter cookie. They’re essentially shortbread-like, melt-in-your-mouth, crumbly goodness. Not like Mom’s classic peanut butter cookies. Actually, not like any other peanut butter cookie you’ve had. And not likely to last very long once you’ve had a taste.
Crisp Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
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- 20 M
- 50 M
- Makes about two dozen 2 1/2-inch cookies
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter (sadly, natural peanut butter that you get from that cool crank machine at the health food store does not work as well here as the mass produced kind that comes in a jar)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- 2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- 3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed, beat together the butter, granulated and brown sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy, something like 4 to 5 minutes. Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the peanut butter and mix until everything is smooth and uniform. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix again a few times by hand.
- 4. To make small cookies, roll scant teaspoon-sized portions of dough into 3/4-inch balls. To make larger cookies, roll 1 1/2-tablespoon portions of dough into balls. Place the dough balls 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten the cookies slightly and imprint the traditional cross-hatch marks using the back of a fork or meat mallet. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake in batches until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.
Hungry for more? Chow down on these:
- Chocolate Chunk Peanut Cookies from Bake or Break
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies from Elana's Pantry
- Almond and Walnut Macaroons from Leite's Culinaria
- Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Milk Chocolate Filling from Leite's Culinaria
Crisp Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe © 2011 Meg Ray. Photo © 2011 Frankie Frankeny. All rights reserved.