Tomorrow, March 1st, is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!
It’s like Christmas, only better!
How will you be spending the day? I’ll be going to a Math Fair to present my project on probability.
And then coming home and making cupcakes!
In honor of the holiday, I made these Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction. When I make peanut butter blossoms, I usually use the Hershey’s recipe. There are only three small differences between the two cookies: the soft cookie has 1/4 cup less flour, 1/2 tsp less baking soda, and instead of 1/3 cup each brown and white sugar, it has 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar.
These changes made a huuuuge difference. Peanut butter blossoms are usually more crunchy, but these cookies were as soft as a pillow (well, maybe not).
Cream the butter and sugars until creamy. I used applesauce instead of butter, as usual. Cream in the peanut butter, then eggs, then vanilla. Slowly mix in the flour and baking soda.
It is recommended that you refrigerate these cookies for at least a half hour before baking. Then drop onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 8-9 minutes. They will look undercooked, but they’re not! They firm up a bit as they cool, but not much. These are the softest cookies I’ve ever made.
Soft Baked Peanut Butter Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or applesauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- Cream butter or applesauce with sugars.
- Add peanut butter, then egg, then vanilla.
- Mix in baking soda and flour.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, at least.
- Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes. They will look underdone!!
Conclusions: Soooo soft. It’s really interesting how reducing the flour by 1/4 cup can make the cookies that much softer than Hershey’s peanut butter blossoms. I wonder if the differing sugar ratios had any effect on this, as well.
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