Third Time’s the Charm: Extra Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

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When you are married to someone who has a peanut butter cookie addiction, you end up having a peanut butter cookie baking addiction. I’ve made three batches in two days searching for the perfect cookie! It’s become a little bit of a problem but I have it totally under control. The first two were very yummy and I could have easily stopped there and have been satisfied but something inside of me knew I could make a cookie that was a little bit chewier, peanut butterier, and even more melt in your mouth soft! When I came across a recipe labeled Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies I was more than tempted and skeptical. However, like all addicts I couldn’t help myself and I bought another jar of peanut butter and went at it. The third time’s the charm because these cookies are the  best batch out of out of all three! I’m done baking peanut butter cookies…for a little while at least. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 3/4 cup sugar + more for sprinkling cookies
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. Peheat oven to 350.

2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. Using an electric hand mixer or a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and peanut butter together until smooth and fluffy.

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4. Add the sugars until combined, then beat in the egg, followed by the milk and vanilla. Gradually add in the flour mixture and beat until thoroughly combined. Chill dough for 30 minutes.

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5. After the dough has chilled, use a medium cookie scoop, place cookie dough balls 2 inches apart on air bake cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with extra sugar.

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6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, do not overbake. The cookies will look slightly underdone in the center, but they are not. They will set up as they cool.

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Note: Using an air bake cookie sheet prevent cookies from burning on the bottom, helps cook evenly and makes a better cookie overall!

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