peanut butter lovin’

Last week, my younger brother’s nineteen-year-old pro triathlete friend brought over some homemade peanut butter cookies. I was skeptical, to say the least, when I saw the mound of what I now know to be heaven sitting in a plain ziploc bag in the hands of this triathlete.

When I tasted that sweet bite of bliss, I knew I had to have the recipe. But no, much to my disappointment, this triathlete friend of my brother’s just “throws a bunch of stuff together in a bowl.” No recipe.

So today, when I really should be working on my big business consulting final project… I am on a mission to figure. this. out.

I ended up making a few adjustments to Ina Garten’s – a true domestic cooking goddess – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (minus the chocolate chunks). Her cookbooks are my go-to, life-saving treasures. They have taught me how to cook.

And I have to say, these cookies are pretty darn good.

Here’s how you make them:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Parties!
Makes 40 cookies

– 2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted
– 1 1/2 cups of golden brown sugar
– 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, plus more for topping
– 2 eggs
– 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
– 1 cup of peanut butter
– 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 1 teaspoon of salt

1. Blend butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in an electric mixer (or do this by hand if you are in need of a workout) until mixed.

2. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and peanut butter one at a time until combined.

3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt one at a time until combined.

4. Drop small spoonfuls of dough onto parchment-covered cookie sheets. Press down a fork in criss-cross patterns before placing in oven. Or use a chicken pounder, like I did for one of my batches.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Immediately after taking cookies out of oven, sprinkle extra granulated sugar on top.

3 Responses to peanut butter lovin’

  1. Scarlett says:

    The cookies look really good, looking forward to trying some! I need to meet this dreamy man, he sounds amazing!

  2. Angel @ | 77inspire | says:

    looks yum! I love Barefoot Contessa! peanut butter cookies are so delicious… a boy baking? cool…

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