Recently, I was cooking at The Nashville Food Project with my friends when I spied Catering and Events Manager, Katie Duvien, pulling out sheet pans of peanut butter cookies from the oven.
They smelled so good, I had to have a taste. Just a smidge, as my mother would say. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one breaking off smidges.
“They only have three ingredients: one egg, one cup of peanut butter, and one cup of sugar,” said Katie. This easily-remembered recipe makes them perfect for scaling up in the commercial kitchen or at home.
After she recited the ingredients, I was already thinking about adding crunch by using crunchy peanut butter. I made my first batch that evening while another super-quick recipe, Sheet Pan Supper: Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Potatoes, roasted in the oven.
My friend, Vesia, who has been making these cookies regularly since I posted the recipe, uses brown sugar for half the sugar. She said it makes them moister. I agree.
Ingredients for One Dozen
1 cup crunchy or creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar (half white and half brown)
To Scale It Up:
To make 6 dozen cookies, follow this recipe: 6 large eggs, 6 cups sugar (I use ½ white and ½ brown) and 6 cups crunchy peanut butter (a 3-pound container)
Preheat oven to 350º
Mix eggs and sugar, add peanut butter. Use a spatula to scrape ingredients from bottom and sides of bowl and mix again.
Add cookie dough by the spoonful (or use a #40 cookie scoop) to a baking sheet.
Use a fork to make the traditional crisscross pattern on the top.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Do not over bake. As soon as the cookies have spread and turned light brown, they are ready. When making multiple batches, rotate baking sheets after eight minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Wrap after they cool so they don’t dry up.
Other Darn Good Cookies:
Mary’s Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies
Italian Sesame Seed Cookies
Italian Ricotta and Lemon Cookies
Oats, Sorghum, Ginger, and Cranberry Cookies
My Favorite Rollout Butter Cookies
Other fun recipes from The Nashville Food Project:
Oven-Roasted Strawberry and Rosemary Jam
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