Saturday, July 31, 2010
Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies!!!!
I have so many stories about peanut butter I just don't know where to begin. Growing up you could always tell how my family was doing financially by the contents of our lunch bags. Ham and cheese - we were doing well, peanut butter and honey- not so well. : ) I remember walking around the grocery store with my mom trying to find the cheapest massive tub of peanut butter that existed...let me tell you, they sell some pretty big buckets of that stuff!! Now peanut butter is a strong force to be reckoned with...either you hate it, or you love it. : ) The usual accomplice of peanut butter is jelly, but for some reason we never were a jelly family. Don't get me wrong, I love jelly and jam...just not with peanut butter. Sometime during my college years I converted from the sugar filled, preservative filled peanut butter to the natural kind instead...and I have never looked back. My BFF and her husband are the real crunchy type, only eating things straight from the earth...which is awesome...wish I had that much discipline : )...anyway, the only common food in either of our fridges was always peanut butter...so when I visit them and refuse to eat their raw meat, I eat peanut butter instead...and then when they visit me and refuse to eat my semi hormone injected chicken...they eat peanut butter. : )
I used to always make this one peanut butter cookie recipe from page 277 of Talk about good cooking 2...but, they are just to darn flat for me now. So, I searched around, and combined a few recipes to come up with my NEW favorite Peanut Butter Cookies!!!
Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies
In large bowl mix with mixer until smooth and fluffy...about 2 minutes:
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 stick + 2 TBS unsalted butter room temp
Scrape down bowl and mix a few seconds, then add and mix until combined:
1 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
Scrape bowl and add the following and mix until smooth 2 minutes:
1 XL egg
2 TBS honey
Scrape down bowl and add the following:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Mix until combined and scoop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. At this point you can do 2 things...1) dip a fork into flour and do the traditional criss cross pattern...2) use your finger and make a well in the middle of each cookie...then fill with a few drops of honey, chocolate chips, or jam. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.