Easy peanut butter cookies

Easy peanut butter cookies for after school snacks.

Easy peanut butter cookies for after school snacks.

I’ve been trying very hard to keep processed food out of the house. Well, I should say at least keep MORE of it out of the house – there is a bowl of cheese balls on the coffee table as I type this. And a bit of orange cheesy dust clinging to the keyboard, too.

But, I can’t make cheese balls. I can make cookies. And make them with ingredients I can actually pronounce. These are a family favorite. I like them plain, but the rest of the household loves them dipped into chocolate – whether it is to coat or as part of fondue night!

Easy peanut butter cookies
You will need:

1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together and drop in teaspoon-sized, rounded balls onto your baking sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper). Next, spray a fork with Baker’s Joy or other cooking spray and press the back of the tines into each cookie, criss-cross, to make a grid pattern. Bake for 9-10 minutes.

Other variations we’ve enjoyed of this terrific cookie include: using crunchy peanut butter or substituting 1/4 cup of the smooth peanut butter for Nutella. Or drop in some chocolate, peanut butter or butterscotch chips.

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2 Responses

  1. These are especially if you don’t use those commercial brands of peanut butter with sugars and hydrogenated fat..you know..the peanut butter that you leave at room temperature after opening—awful stuff. Get a brand–Kroger has one, so does Smuckers–that is only roasted peanuts and salt, and that asks you to refrigerate after opening. Before you chill it, you can simply pour off the extra oil from the top.This superior and more healthful peanut butter works well in all recipes calling for peanut butter without alteration.

    • Thanks for the tip. We’re still in the poor-folks mode. I’m shopping almost exclusively at Aldi, but I’ll check out one of thoe natural/fridge peanut butters when this batch runs out. We make a lot of cookies, so… it usually doesn’t take long!

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