watch out for the cookie monster

yesterday was national peanut butter day! if you know me, you know that i love my food days. surprisingly, this is the first time i’ve actually gone along with it πŸ™‚ i should do it more often!

to celebrate national peanut butter day, i decided to make the most stupidly easy but also most delicious peanut butter cookies i’ve ever had. i was originally planning on making peanut noodles, but i was craving something sweet πŸ™‚ so i had cookies and milk for dinner. ahh the perks of being a “grown-up” πŸ™‚

i adapted this recipe from the butter queen, paula deen. i changed things up a bit, the adaptation is posted at the end.

i’d like to make a side note for you manhattanites out there – if you didn’t know already, food emporium is the devil. they unnecessarily overprice EVERYTHING and it’s just absurd. ($7 for a box of cereal? no, thank you! and what is that SMELL?) however, i stumbled into garden of eden yesterday and i felt like i was saved. prices are close to normal and it’s so nice and clean! if you are still on the search for a good grocery store and dont feel like waiting the massive line at trader joes or whole foods, try a garden of eden store. i loved it πŸ™‚ ps, word on the street is that another trader joes will be opening up on the UWS in august. oh, please please please!

anyways, back to the cookies and our national peanut butter day celebration πŸ™‚

these cookies require only 5 ingredients. all of which are probably already in your pantry!

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (i used skippy natural)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • a little less that 2 tablespoons flour
  • and a splash of good vanilla extract.

thats it!

you can see my friend making a cookie monster face in the bowl πŸ™‚ omnomnomnom

mix these all together until you get a dough.

easier than the ready made mixes! and much more delicious.

clean hands! make little balls and put on a well-greased cookie sheet, or on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. i, being lazy, used butter spray πŸ™‚ i do not recommend this, these little suckers like to stick.

spread these out on the cookie sheet and using a fork, make the classic peanut butter cookie indentations. then sprinkle a bit more sugar on top (optional).

the butter spray spots, not pretty

butter spray is not pretty

slide into a 350 degree oven for about 13 minutes.

my cookie sheet likes to bend in the oven

pull them out once they look a little puffed and cracked. (yes, these are supposed to crack)

dinner is ready πŸ™‚

this is important – wait about 5 minutes for these to cool down before trying to get them off the pan. if you don’t wait, they will crumble on you.

and now, make your cookie monster noises and devour. with some milk, of course πŸ™‚

easiest and most delicious PB cookies you will ever eat

1 cup creamy peanut butter (just your everyday JIF or skippy, haven’t tried the refrigerated natural kind)

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 3/4 tablespoons flour

splash, or about 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract.

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. mix all these in a bowl.
  3. grease a cookie sheet liberally, or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  4. make little balls about 1 inch in diameter. spread out on the cookie sheet.
  5. press the cookies down with a fork in 2 directions, creating a criss cross design.
  6. bake for about 13 minutes until slightly cracked and golden. they should still be chewy on the inside.
  7. wait 5 min for the cookies to cool before removing them from the sheet with a spatula.