These peanut butter cookies are day two of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. They are the Jimmy’s favorite cookie I make and in the top five recipes I created. This recipe has changed over the last few years and the main reason is I wanted more of a peanut butter taste. So the recipe now has twice as much as it used to and less butter. You can do them the old fashion way with the fork imprint or add a Hershey kiss or peanut butter cup to the top.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
- 1 ½ Cup peanut butter
- ¾ unsalted butter
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 TSP vanilla extract
- 2 ½ Cups all purpose flour
- 1 TSP baking powder
- 1 TSP baking soda
- ½ TSP salt
- In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl cream peanut butter and butter on medium speed for 3 minutes, scrape down sides of bowl.
- Add both sugars and cream for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add eggs one at a time, making sure each one is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
- Add vanilla and beat for 30 seconds.
- Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture, mix until combined.
- Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Using a 1 TBSP cookie scoop place, place cookies 2” apart on the cookie tray.
- Roll each cookie in sugar and place back on the tray.
- Make criss cross marks on each cookie with a fork for the old fashioned cookie. Or leave plain to add the Hershey kiss to the top.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until done.
- While the cookies are baking, unwrap Hershey kisses.
- Take cookies out of the oven, allow to cool for 1 minute before placing a Hershey kiss on each cookie. I like to use cold or frozen kisses.
*I place the cookies on the tray first, then roll them in sugar, I find it saves some time that way.
** Cookie dough can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 days. Baked cookies or unbaked cookies can be kept in the freezer up to 3 months.