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Peanut Butter Cookies

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  • Yield: Makes 48

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, sugar, and butter until smooth. Beat in egg. Gradually add flour mixture, beating to combine.

  3. Pinch off dough by the tablespoon; roll into balls. Place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Using a fork, press balls in a crisscross pattern, flattening to a 1/2-inch thickness.

  4. Bake cookies, rotating halfway through, until lightly golden, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Reviews Add a comment

  • sarahraynesby
    24 JUN, 2017
    I truly wish I'd read these reviews on this recipe before I made them. This is the first time Martha has steered me wrong.
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  • ALR5289058DW
    25 SEP, 2016
    There are a few who expressed sadness about"mean" comments to MS about this cookie recipe. I say those mean comments were well deserved. These were the driest, most unpalatable cookies I've ever had in my entire life! Many of us are on a fairly fixed income and don't take kindly to wasting food and money on a terrible recipe. There is no way anyone is going to convince me that MS has ever made, or eaten these cookies. I will NEVER use any of her recipes again; I can't trust them.
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  • ksmadden
    30 AUG, 2016
    Alas, Martha, you have let me down. I have a few of your cookbooks because I trust you have vetted your recipes exhaustively and that you have a commitment to quality control. I am a seasoned cookie baker, I did nothing wrong, and even made them again with corrections. This is a flawed recipe. Unpalatable. It is not up to your standard, and I hate that I wasted my time and good ingredients on it.
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  • mjames1303
    11 MAR, 2016
    Wow. Some of the comments are rude and really immature. A basic Peanut butter cookie recipe can be tweaked to your taste. This is a basic recipe devised precisely for basic results. Add more sugar, add more salt, don't insult. Martha's goal with this and any recipe is the EDUCATE. I never follow a recipe the T, ---I learn from the experts to master it to my own tastes. Grow up and learn to cook.
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  • dylantinydudeg
    8 MAR, 2016
    screw you martha stewart!!! I will never trust you again!!!!! these cookies stink like the rear end of a horse...
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    • raybar2432440
      1 OCT, 2016
      Never had cookies that smelled like the rear end of an ass. Poor reader. Deep breath there boy, deep breath I love this recipe Keep it up Martha Your doing a great job.
  • violetbadger
    26 AUG, 2015
    I have to agree with the other disappointed cooks who have left comments. I added a little more sugar (maybe 1/3 cup), 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, based on the suggestions I read here. To me, they are tasteless and even unpleasant in the mouth. Could it be the absence of salt? A real mystery. The local wildlife will be eating well tonight.
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  • Dawhna
    27 APR, 2015
    Too much peanut butter and cooking time too long. Most recipes I've compared this to only call for 1/2 cup peanut butter with the same amount of flour, etc. My cookies were crumbly and dry, and lacked flavor. Sadly, that was a lot of high quality peanut butter to waste--very disappointed.
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  • scottholly505
    3 DEC, 2014
    I LOVE THIS RECIPE! PB Shortbread describes them perfectly! This might be the best PB cookie recipe ever because it does not require refrigeration. Cookies emerge from oven perfectly golden closer to 14 minutes than the recommended 18. Oven times, temps vary. Our cookies are 2 and 1/4 inches in diameter baked…so the smaller side. Our dough balls were approx.50 cent piece after flattening w a fork. We rolled in gran. sugar--used lt. brown sugar, butter, and 365 and skippy pb. FAB! 52 Cookies.
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  • Chelseadh1
    10 JAN, 2014
    I think these cookies would get a much better reaction if you called them Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies.. Because that's what they are. They aren't your typical buttery, melt in your mouth cookies. They are like peanut butter flavored shortbread. I wasn't crazy about them the first day I made them.. But they just got better and better with each passing day. Even my bf agreed, each day they were tastier than the day before. They lasted about 4 days and I was sad when they were gone.
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  • jnokleby
    21 AUG, 2013
    Add 1/4 cup more peanut butter or add 1 more egg. This will help with the crumbles.
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