Peanut Butter Cookies

A classic treat. One of my favorites. I have a strong opinion about peanut butter cookies, it's just my opinion, it's just a cookie, but it's important to me so I'll share :) Peanut butter cookies should have shortening....It's a must...for me. It can have shortening and butter or just shortening but it must be in there. Do I eat shortening everyday? of course not but it does make the best peanut butter cookies. Also, you can't make peanut butter cookies with natural peanut butter. Well, you can, they just won't taste very good.I love natural peanut butter we eat it in our house daily. But when I make cookies I buy good ole' Skippy, or Peter Pan. And last is, a classic peanut butter cookie should have a criss cross fork mark on it. I firmly believe it makes the cookie. I do not roll mine in sugar, I just don't. Excuse me while I climb down from my high horse and share the recipe. Good Day.

Recipe by King Arthur Flour

1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a bowl using a mixer beat the shortening, peanut butter and the sugars until light and fluffy. Ad the egg and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and mix until incorporated. Drop by Tablespoonfuls onto a prepared cookie sheet, flatten slightly with palm of your hand and use a fork to lightly press a criss cross patter onto cookies. Bake for 12-16 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet.

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