On the corner of our apartment building was a candy store. It was the typical corner store of that period (1950s) with a counter and bar stools where you could order your soda fountain treats. I would often stop in after school or on the weekend and buy a candy bar. My all time favorites were Baby Ruth or Chunky, but I also liked anything made with peanut butter. Butterfingers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Mary Janes, James Peanut Butter Chews and Abba-Zaba bars. My parents never ate peanut butter so I have no idea where I developed a taste for it. (although my father did discover peanut butter in his 80s and decided that it was perfectly paired with sliced tomatoes) Like many foods there are two sides to the peanut butter debate, those who prefer the creamy variety (my daughter) or the crunchy type (me.) The wonderful thing about eating peanut butter is that with one bite you are transported right back to your childhood when life was messy, gooey, salty and sweet, just as it should be.
Here is the classic recipe for peanut butter cookies. You can use any variety of peanut butter, I used extra crunchy.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 1/2 cups Skippy extra crunchy peanut butter
1 stick sweet butter at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl sift together baking powder and flour.
In a large bowl, combine and beat sweet butter, sugar, and peanut butter. Add lightly beaten egg and mix. Slowly add flour mixture.
Using slightly less than a tablespoon per cookie, roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down gently to flatten. Then using the tines of a fork make your cross-hatch pattern on top of each cookie. Cookies should be about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for about 15 minutes or till golden brown.