Oct 15, 2012

Vintage Monday - Peanut Butter Cookies

I know I said I don't eat homemade cookies, and it appalled many of you. I know, I know, to make such a statement when most of my readers are from the US is a blogging suicide or something. 
I do like them, let's set that record straight. I mean, what's not to love about cookies. But I don't eat them really. They can be sitting on my counter for days untouched. Why? I don't know. Maybe it's because I know the amount of butter and sugar that go into them, and my unconscious mind does the math and it doesn't add up. I think it's because I don't bake to eat, I cook to eat, as in salty food, real food. I bake for the pleasure, fun and interest in using a certain ingredient. 

But, having said all that, why is this post about cookies then? I baked them just for you. So we can be friends again in spite of my non-cookie-eating habits. I even added some wonderful chocolate covered peanuts on top, the kind I used to get at the movies when I was a kid .

That said, I have a Halloween challenge coming up and am wondering if I can pull this, this or this for my post. It's a trick or treat kinda post, so I guess it calls for more than chocolate cupcakes with orange frosting. Or not? If push comes to shove...

So that you know, I just bought my first DSLR camera! With a great macro lens 50mm/2.5. I don't even know how to use it really but my wonderful friends from Sunday Supper are helping me out. Thanks Carla and Sarah. It's like buying the whole tennis outfit before taking a lesson.
But I do know the three rules of photography: practice, practice, practice. So that's what I intend to do. Guess I can't blame my pocket camera anymore.

I absolutely love the risotto my friend Carol made. Love cooking with marsala really, like these fantastic appetizer with roasted olives and garlic.

This week I'll try to make these dog cookies. I miss my dogs and this pic just cracks me up!

So does this.


from Betty Crocker´s Cookbook, published in 1969

Note: I used a homemade peanut butter so that might be the reason why they spread a lot.


½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

½ cup peanut butter
½ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
About ¾ cup chocolate covered peanuts, optional

Mix sugars, peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl. Add egg and mix well. Add flour, baking soda, powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375º.
On a parchment or silpat covered baking sheet, place small balls of dough, about the size of a big walnut, 3-inches apart. With a fork, make the charasteristic crisscross pattern. Put three chocolate covered peanuts on top of each cookie if using.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until light brown. Let cool on rack.
Makes about 20 cookies.


  1. Paula, this post is hilarious. I had never thought about it, but I guess cookies are a big deal in the United States. Enjoy your new camera!

  2. I don't eat much of the cookies I make either. Well, unless chowing on the cookie dough doesn't count. Something about batter and dough is so good to me. Good luck with your new camera and lens. I'm learning how to use my new one too.

  3. I love cookies, but dare not to indulge myself...like what you said, due to the high ratio of butter and fat. But I do enjoy them....A LOT, esp. the homemade one!
    Your cookies look scrumptious!

  4. Mmmm homemade cookies definitely are dangerous but they are just so much fun to make and eat :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. These look absolutely delicious! I love peanut butter cookies and the chocolate coated peanuts on top are just the icing on the cake :-)

  6. LOL...I'm glad a little peer pressure got you to bake up some cookies! They look marvelous! Lambeau turns 13 tomorrow...maybe I need to bake her up some doggie cookies, too :)

    1. I´m dying for another dog, but I don´t have the space... I would bake yours cookies if I lived close by, haha!

  7. This is the kind of cookies I would love for sure!!!

  8. I needed some peer pressure when my son was growing up. He would have loved me baking him some of this fantastic cookies! Yum!

  9. Love this!! and your photos are making me drool! :) Love the new camera! :)

  10. This post is hilarious by the way! :) We would never not be friends b/c of cookies, homegirl. :)

    but seriously, what did you do with all of these cookies? neighbors? or for your cafe? :)

  11. you could roll out your balls of dough then fridge them for half an hour or so before baking - that helps stop spreading. i admit i'll eat homemade cookies (or biscuits as we call them in australia) but i don't really have the knack of cooking them. bake them for just one minute too much and they are too hard!

  12. Hahah! Oh Paula, you're too funny! That happens to me too, knowing the amount of butter and sugar can be horrifying. lol. Your peace offering sounds incredible. No one I know could say no to these peanut butter cookies. :)

  13. I love this kind of cookies, first because they remind me first time I visited USA (and it was a long time ago...) and beacuse I'm gluttonous and these here in tha pict, make me bite the pc monitor!! Thanx for sharing your recipe, I'd like to try them! Greetings from Tuscany, Simona!

  14. What perfect looking and perfectly stacked cookies!

  15. Paula, Peanut butter cookies are a favorite in my house and these look perfectly delicious!

  16. Peanut butter cookies are one of my faves. I'm deliberately not baking any for all the reasons you stated, except that if they were baked, I would be eating them, as I can't resist. If they're not baked, I can't eat them, therefore I won't gain weight or add to my cholesterol numbers. Does this make any sense?

  17. One can never have enough peanut butter cookie recipes!


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