Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Who doesn't love classic peanut butter cookies?
Not too sweet, with that rich can't miss flavor of peanut butter, these peanutbutter cookies are a treat for kids and adults alike.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. (Editor’s note: While Amish cooks would not have an electric mixer, one can be used for this recipe on the lowest setting.) Stir in the peanut butter, flour, baking soda, and salt. The batter will be thick and should be stirred vigorously with a wooden spoon or kneaded with your hands in the bowl until everything is thoroughly mixed. Chill the dough for 1 hour.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Shape the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press each cookie with the back of a floured fork to make a crisscross pattern on top. Bake until the edges are brown, 12 to 14 minutes.
Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and then put into sealed containers.
These cookies will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 103; Calories from Fat 52; Total Fat 5.8g; Saturated Fat 1.6g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 83mg; Total Carbohydrates 11.3g; Sugars 6.1g; Protein 1.9g; Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 1%; Iron 2%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
The recipe comes from a wonderful cookbook full of authentic Amish baking recipes called The Amish Cook's Baking Book.You will fine our review of The Amish Cook's Baking Book here.
The author, Lovina Eicher, says this about her peanut butter cookie recipe.
"My mom used a different peanut butter cookie recipe. However, when I tried this recipe for the first time I furnished a container of them for church. I had so many people ask me for the recipe and received so many compliments that I like this one, too. When baking, I prefer to use creamy peanut butter."
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