Saturday, July 24, 2010

Almost Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies...

My mom's peanut butter cookies were wonderful, especially warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk.  I've made a couple of changes, to make them my own, but the goodness of the peanut butter is still there. 

One of the changes is that my mom made her recipe with shortening; I like butter with the addition of roasted peanut oil.  However, one thing I can't get away from is that she started adding a cup of old-fashioned oatmeal, that she ground in the Cuisinart.  I still like the texture that adds, but if you don't like oatmeal, I'll give you an exchange with more flour.

This cookie is definitely comfort food--bringing back memories of childhood that make us smile.

Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 T Roasted Peanut Oil
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Peanut Butter Flavor
1 cup Old-Fashioned Oatmeal (ground)
2 1/4 cups All-purpose Flour (if you don't do the oatmeal, change this to 3 cups flour)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Additional granulated sugar

In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter, oil and sugars.  Add the peanut butter (I love crunchy!), Vanilla, and optional, Peanut Butter Flavor.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt.  Mix, just until combines.  Chill dough about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to measure and form the dough.  Once you've filled the sheet, use a fork, dipped in granulated sugar, to create the traditional criss-cross pattern.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.  Makes about 2 1/2 dozen~3" cookies.  Now, get that glass of milk and dunk.  Enjoy!


  1. I think I must say that 'everything' is my favorite when I visit you here Susan! lol These look amazing and have me craving peanut butter cookies now that I am actually eating real food again after being sick! : ) I remember these as a child with the fork criss-cross pattern on top! The paper dividers are so pretty too! (These with a chocolate kiss on top are so yummy too and remind me of Christmas) xoxo

  2. The ones at Christmas are called "Blossoms"...why, I don't know, but anytime you combine chocolate and peanut butter, you've got my attention.

    The "paper dividers" are simply wax paper that I used a dye cut on. Fancy, but so simple. xoxo

  3. Thank you Susan very much...

    I am going away for a short the coast. I shall be taking this with me. I know I will have very hungry little belly's after a long day at the beach.

    Love you and will visit when I get back. Watching the surf hit the rocks is always my time to be one with the questions asked and some answered...I will be thinking of you.

    Lots of love

  4. Susan--

    I just want to tell you how much I adore your blog. Matt and Ari are visiting us in Fort Collins right now, and I've been thinking about you even though we haven't met (beyond the wedding). Ed (my hubby) and I knew Kelly at CSU--in fact Ed was both Matt and Kelly's officemate before they moved to KY. It is such a pleasure to meet Ari, so much Kelly in him. And you've inspired me to make peanut butter cookies with the kids (though I am superexcited to try the zuc v zuc cupcakes too!).


  5. Tobi:
    I was away in Chicago for a trade show and have missed talking to Ari & Matt. I bet you've had a ball with them. I'm glad you enjoy the, back to baking.
    Thank you for stopping in. Love, Susan

  6. We roasted eggplant earlier this week and Matt told me you have a great recipe for eggplant "meat" balls. Would you be willing to share? He gave it rave reviews!


  7. Hi Tobi----The recipe for the "Eggplant Balls" are in the June blog. (June 22). And yes, they are very delicious!! Barb

  8. Thanks Sis for letting Tobi know where the eggplant balls were! xoxo

  9. Thanks! I just picked up a bunch of baby eggplants and will give the recipe a go this week!

  10. PB Cookies are my absolute favorite and I will be making some this weekend. Your recipes and the way you bake...WHY CANT I LIVE CLOSER!