Happy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

June 12, 2012 8:50 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
Peanut Butter Cookie
Celebrate in style: bake and dunk! (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

It's June 12th, and that means it's National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Did you know that the aforementioned treat was invented by none other than mad peanut scientist George Washington Carver in his seminal cookbook, "How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption?"

We're going to celebrate our favorite of Dr. Carver's one-hundred-and-five peanut recipes in foodie style: by providing you the foundation for the perfect peanut butter cookie, then talking about some fun ways to build up from there.

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The Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie

1. Grab 1/2 cup of unsalted butter and wait till it gets to be about room temperature. Then beat it, gradually blending in a cup of sugar (equal parts white, light brown, and dark brown), 1/2 cup of your favorite peanut butter, and one egg.

2. In another bowl, mix together 1 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and big pinch of salt. Combine the dry mix into the wet mix.

3. Let the dough rest for a couple of hours. Distract yourself from the promise of peanut butter cookies by reading current events. Then, roll pieces of your dough into one-inch balls and press the balls down with the back of a fork, making criss-crossed little grooves in it.

4. Pop them into an oven and cook them at 300 F for 15 - 17 minutes. Let it cool. Eat!

Variations:

1. Cut back on half of the sugar and don't criss-cross the cookie with a fork. When the cookie has cooled, squeeze an "X" of honey across the top. Serve.

2. Cut back on one third of the sugar and top the cookie with crushed Reese's Puffs cereal before baking. That one's for when you have a serious sweet tooth.

3. For the epicureans among us: brown the butter by cooking it over a low flame for three-to-five minutes. In the last minute of cooking, add three whole sage leaves. Remove the sage leaves and place the butter in the fridge until it starts to reform again. Then follow the recipe, and get ready for something complex and beautiful.



 

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