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Peanut Butter Cookies

Mila Klomp won 1st prize in the 9- to 12-year-old category for her yummy peanut butter cookies at the Harrow Fair. It’s clear that Mila has inherited her baking talent from her mom, Helen.–Moira Sanders, Lori Elstone, and Beth Goslin Maloney

LC Who Is...? Note

We don’t have any idea who Mila Klomp, but whoever she is, she certainly knows her peanut butter cookies. Er, let us rephrase that. For someone so young, she certainly knows her old-fashioned peanut butter cookies. That is to say, peanut butter cookies that are crisp at the edges, chewy on the inside, and peanutty through and through. (If you have a thing for peanut butter cookies that are crisp throughout, fear not, we also have a recipe for you, too.) Pass the milk, please.

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • Makes about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, preferably light
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy (though we all know crunchy is better)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon hot water

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the granulated and brown sugars and butter on high until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla, reduce the speed to medium, and beat until thoroughly combined.
  • 3. Mix the flour and salt together in a small bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour and salt to the peanut butter mixture and blend thoroughly. Combine the baking soda and hot water in a small bowl and add it to the cookie dough, mixing until just combined.
  • 4. Drop the dough in heaping tablespoons onto the parchment. Gently press a fork into each cookie, first vertically, then horizontally, to create the classic peanut butter cookie crisscross. (If an extra sparkly, extra crunchy cookie is desired, dip your fork in a little granulated sugar prior to pressing it into the dough.)
  • 5. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until the cookies have barely begun to turn golden at the edges. Let the cookies cool for a minute or more on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool at least a little. (The cookies will get crisper the longer they cool.) Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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