Peanut Butter Cookies

It's still winter here, but I will say it's never bad to be able to sleep in because school was canceled. I didn't have to get up to make lunches today, so I snuggled into the covers for a little longer, gotta love some good flannel sheets up here in the north country! 

I have been craving a good peanut butter cookie lately. I don't make them too often, but man are they good on a day like today with a big glass of cold milk. There are many peanut butter cookie recipes out there, but look no further, these are fool proof and tasty!

I have a trick I learned in culinary school on how to get softer cookies, if that's how you like them. Sugar. Sugar is what makes cookies hard, too much and you get very hard cookies. I can still remember my pastry chef instructor breaking apart a cookie talking about the tunneling and how the cookie crumbles, tell tale signs for even the slightest miss scaling of ingredients or 30 seconds too long in the oven! The trick is to add more brown sugar than white sugar. I don't do this to all cookie recipes, but always to the household staples, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies! Try reversing the amount if the recipe calls for 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of brown, switch them, you will get a softer cookie! So with that, here is my peanut butter cookie recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter (room temp) 
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste

Heat oven to 350. In a medium bowl add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, whisk and set aside.

Cream the butter and peanut butter together, making sure there are not lumps of butter. Add the sugar and vanilla and mix until slightly fluffy. Add the egg and mix to incorporate, but don't over mix.  Add the flour mix half at a time and mix until it is incorporated, careful not to over mix. 

I added in some Nestle Delightfuls to half the batch (milk chocolates filled with peanut butter), and they were delicious!

Line a sheet pan with parchment. I like cookie scoops, they cook evenly and look great! Press each cookie with a fork crosswise and sprinkle with sugar in the raw. Bake for 9-10 minutes. 

Pour a glass of milk and enjoy one while it's warm! 

I am counting down the days until I get back in the truck. I don't sit still very well. Our first booked event is the Mom and Baby Expo here in Watertown, NY. Same day as the Armed Forces Day parade. It's a fun memory for us, we had only recently picked up the truck to ride in last years parade! We were waiting on some insurance pieces and our health inspection so we couldn't set up to sell food. This year we are not riding in the parade, but we will be set up on the square to sell food for all of you out there that may have missed our truck last summer. 

I am still working on our summer schedule. So far we have some very cool festivals lined up. The first two weekends in June we are at Country Jam June 3-5! If your into alternative music check it out online, a lot of tickets are sold out, but I think some may still be available, it's in a cool little skiing village in the Catskills about 3 hours from Watertown. There is camping available with a great line up of music all weekend and you will find our big pink camo truck with nothing but great homemade cooking! If country music is more of your idea check out the next weekends line up when Taste of Country is at the same venue June 10-12.

We also found out that it is a go to be in the St. Lawrence County Fair in Governor, NY. The opening line up is The Charlie Daniels Band! I am hoping Charlie shows up to try one of our sandwiches and signs our wall of fame on our back door! 

Later in summer we are up at the Thousand Island Winery for the Clayton Country Jam, the venue got too big to hold it at the opera house so it moved. It happens to be over the weekend of 9-11, it has been 15 years since 9-11, so there is a big show lined up and it's going to be broadcast world wide on AFN! So if you're looking for stuff to do this summer, we have tons of festivals lined up so all you have to do is find us for good eats and good times!

Happy cooking from my kitchen to yours! 

Chef Carol

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