Soft and chewy, crispy and crunchy — no matter how you like them, cookies are one of America’s favorite hand-held desserts. In fact, Americans eat over 2 billion cookies a year, equaling around 300 cookies for each citizen of the United States. That’s a lot of cookies. And because Americans eat so many cookies, there are a ton of flavors out there. From chocolate chip cookies to snickerdoodle to salted caramel creme, gourmet cookies are becoming an increasingly popular item in today’s foodie-centric culture. More and more, one can find contemporary, nuanced twists on classic cookie combinations.
But what about the old favorites? While tiramisu and lemon pistachio cookies are delicious cookie flavors, indeed, sometimes there’s nothing better than a classic cookie recipe. Not only are classic cookie recipes always delicious, but they’re surprisingly easy to make. Take peanut butter cookies, for example. Using only 3 ingredients (and some creativity!) it’s easy to whip delicious, rich peanut buttery delights in under 20 minutes.
Of all the cookie recipes to know, this peanut butter cookie recipe is a good one to have in your repertoire, due to its fail-proof nature and ease. After taking a bite of one of these, you’ll be convinced that you’re a gourmet cookie chef!
As you can see, there are a number of ways to dress up this cookie recipe, but at its most basic, it is an easy recipe that almost anyone can make on the fly, as these ingredients are found in everyone’s pantries.
First, set the oven to 350. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Stir the sugar and peanut butter together until combined. For an extra-delicious, light and fluffy texture, whip the two ingredients until a fluffy mixture forms.
Add the egg, and mix until combined. At this point, add any other optional ingredients you like.
Take an ice cream scoop and form balls of dough. Once they are on the baking sheet, press lightly with a fork, creating that classic peanut butter cookie pattern.
Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack, and then enjoy!