Believe it or not, today is another one of those "who came up with this holiday" days! This time it's National Peanut Butter Cookie day and ooohwee, I am excited about this one! Although my personal favorite is chocolate chip, I have been known to dig in to my fair share of their peanut butter cousin. To celebrate peanut butter cookie day, run to the kitchen and whip up a batch of these sweet treats. To check it out, just

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
From Bon Appetit January 1998

3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned style or freshly ground)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
  4. Using electric mixer, beat butter, peanut butter and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Beat in both sugars. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  5. Stir half of dry ingredients into mixture.
  6. Add eggs 1 at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  7. Mix in remaining dry ingredients.
  8. For each cookie, roll 1 heaping tablespoonful of dough into 1 3/4-inch-diameter ball.
  9. Arrange dough balls 2 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  10. Using back of fork, flatten dough balls and form crosshatch design on tops.
  11. Bake cookies until dry on top and golden brown on bottom, about 14 minutes.
  12. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes.
  13. Using metal spatula, transfer cookies to racks and cool completely. (Can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)