Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
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Do you sometimes feel as though your life is just one stack of dirty dishes after another. I know some of you love to cook while others of you just HAVE to cook because you are the mother or father of small people who happen to get hungry daily. Like, three times a daily. 🙂  Weather you love to cook, or you cook because you love your family, you no doubt share my stack-of-dirty-dishes-blues, don’t you? There they are, day after day…A person in this circumstance could never get lonely!  There are always dirty dishes to keep  he or she company, am I right! Good glory, they never end.

Last week one of my dear children (who will remain nameless) was assigned to do the dinner dishes four nights in a row. This was her sad assignment because she had repeatedly washed the dishes only party clean and then put greasy, grimy dishes away in my cupboard.

Sigh.

Double Sigh.

MyClever(and Handsome)Husband wisely told her “It appears you need a lot of practice doing the dishes, you will do them the next four nights so you can get it right.”

Sigh.

Double Sigh.

The first and second night of her dish doing assignment went well. The dishes sparkled like jewels and went neatly stacked into my cupboard, all in about 30 minutes per night. Isn’t that amazing! The girl became a dish washing diva, overnight. However, she did mention no less than 50 times that her feet had never hurt as severely and would probably fall off sometime in the night while she was sleeping. I asked her if she had ever noticed my feet falling off after I did the dishes for a solid 30 minutes. She confessed she hadn’t. 🙂

As the third night of her dish doing sentence approached she came home from school and said…

“Hey, Mom. Could we eat on paper plates tonight?”

“I feel your pain, man…but I am fresh out of paper plates.” Is what I told her.

“Oh, well how about if we just set the table with our regular plates and then put some plastic wrap on top of them. Then I won’t have to wash them.”

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Why haven’t I ever thought of that!!!!! Is what I said to myself in my heart. But what I said outloud was…

“No luck, sugar. You just have to plow through a couple more nights of dirty dishes and then job will be mine once again.”

Which she wasn’t thrilled about, but she persevered none the less…she is a dish washing diva, as I mentioned previously.

PS…please don’t serve your dinner tonight on plates covered in plastic wrap. Pretty sure it would be hazardous to your health.

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These Peanut Butter Cookies are soft on the inside, chewy, dreamy, peanut buttery and divine. Hope you make them and love them. They are worth every dirty dish they create. 🙂 Let’s make some together, shall we?

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
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Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 48 cookies
Recipe  adapted from Cooks.com

1 C butter, softened
1 C peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (10-12 ounce) package peanut butter chips
1/2 C sugar

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1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grab a 1 cup sized measuring cup. Spray it with cooking spray. This will make your peanut butter so much easier to get out of the cup, which will make it a delight to wash. 🙂

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3. Place 1 cup of peanut butter into your measuring cup and then place it out into your stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
4. Add 1 cup of softened butter and mix well. About 2-3 minutes should do it. Mixing these two “fats” together for a long time (2-3 minutes) really helps the cookies to stay soft and moist.
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5. Scrape the side of the bowl down with a rubber spatula and add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar and 2 eggs. Mix for an additional 2 minutes.
6. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix just until combined.

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7. In a separate bowl combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder and an 1/8 teaspoon salt. Pour these dry ingredient into your stand mixer  until combined.
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8. Throw in a whole package of Peanut Butter Chips and mix just until combined.

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9. Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into a small bowl. Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll each one in the sugar.
10. Place the cookie dough balls out evenly onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 7-9 minutes…

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or until the tops of the cookies start to crack along the tops. Please be aware that you want them to look a bit “underbaked” when you take them out of the oven. Allow them to sit on the hot cookie sheet for a couple of minutes once you take the pan out of the oven. This will allow them to cook completely in the center while letting them remain nice and chewy.

Serve and enjoy!

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14 Comments

  1. 1
    Erin R.
    February 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

    HA! Why did I never think of that, either? Plastic wrapped plates. (head shaking) Heck, I sometimes wonder why we can’t just gather around the pot and dig straight in with our forks. Your daughter has a wonderful mind.

    Also, these cookies look so, so beautiful. I have always loved peanut butter cookies but HATE the compressed, hard ones. These are perfect. And the addition of peanut butter chips is genius. Glorious overkill. I’m keeping this recipe to try. Thanks!

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    April Cyr
    February 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Man, what a great girl you have! I have a 9 year old daughter who comes up with zingers now and the, too. Kids these days, I tell you! They’re amazing. 🙂

  3. 3
    February 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

    You tell that gal she is one smart cookie.(Hand to head) Why didn’t I think of that when everyone was home and we had a BA-Zillon dishes. And love the cookie recipe. Thanks.

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      February 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      The quote is beauadtiful Lisa, and defadiadnitely says it all.Little Peanut looks just like aa0little angel.Thank you so very much for sharing with us this week at The Creative Exchange.Sending you whesis for aa0beauadtiful Holiday dear friend.lisa.

  4. 5
    February 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Those look great. We have that same brand in our store so I will even be able to pick up the exact ones 🙂

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    Sandra
    February 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Maybe you could have her watch the Palmolive “Madge” dishwashing commercial on YouTube,so that she can see the benefits of washing dishes -LOL

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    denise
    February 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the morning chuckle ! I laughed my head off. I may use this idea come April 1st !! hahah !! I just had breakfast, and now pb cookies are making me hungry again…. Darn you Jamie, darn you !!! This recipe looks delish !

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    Amy
    February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the laugh – I love reading your blog, even if the recipe doesn’t interest me (which isn’t very often). Just had your chicken stroganoff this week and the boys all correctly guessed that it was a ‘Jamie Cooks It Up’ recipe. Yours are our favorites. THANKS!

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    Kimberly C
    February 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I too get the stack-of-dirty-dishes blues, as well as the didn’t-I-just-do-laundry/clean/vaccuum/sweep blues. Thanks for the story and helping me know that I am not alone and we all have to persevere. These cookies look delish, but I unfortunately don’t get to make yummy treats that include peanuts due to 3 year old is allergic. Thanks for your recipes and your stories!

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    Marcia
    February 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I loved your story! I have a stack of dirty dishes waiting as I type! My son bought me one of those gel mats so my legs won’t fall off LOL!

  10. 11
    February 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    So, you have to cook AND wash the dishes every day? So unfair. So wrong. Everyone tall enough to reach the sink should be helping out…

    Anyway, these cookies look absolutely perfect! Bookmarking!

  11. 12
    February 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

    A – Yummy cookies.
    B – Smart hubby.
    C – Smart diva (love how she tried to think of ways to minimize her work load)

    Have a great weekend!

  12. 13
    February 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Such a cute post! Made me smile, and also say why didn’t I think of that.

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    Nancy
    December 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Love your site, want more!!!

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