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Peanut Butter Cookies

I can’t believe it took me this long to share this recipe – and that this is only the fourth dessert/sweets recipe I have posted on my blog. I bake a lot. I have no excuse. Anyway, this is literally the easiest cookie to make. If you are not a baker you can make these, and if you are a baker you will love how easy these are. And many of you may recognize these cookies. My mom made these a lot growing up and you can easily find the recipe online. Some call them Magic Cookies – not because of any “special” ingredient – but because they are that easy and they are that good.

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You start with your ingredients – only 4 of them. Well, technically 5, but the flour doesn’t go in the cookies. And you don’t have to have a Kitchen Aid mixer. You can use a hand mixer or you can even use a blender or food processor.

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Mix the peanut butter and sugar until combined.

 

Go ahead and beat the egg a little with a fork. Add an egg and vanilla. Dough will be moist but slightly crumbly.

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Roll dough into balls. I usually make them pretty small – max the size of a golf ball. Place onto cookie sheet.

 

Pour a little flour into a cup or bowl (just a few tablespoons). Dip a fork into the flour, then flatten the cookies with the floured fork.

Bake ’em up and sit back and enjoy! Little time, little clean up. 1 recipe makes about 20 cookies, give or take, depending on what size you make them.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • flour (~2-3 Tbsp.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°

In food processor or mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and sugar. Mix well.

Stir in egg and vanilla.

Roll dough into ~3/4 inch balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie with a floured fork.

Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.


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E. Michigan Tailgate

#52 on the 101 list is to take a different item to every football tailgate. Saturday, Vandy played Eastern Michigan. It was a night game…a.k.a. alllll day to tailgate. Although it was a hot day in mid-October, we set up early, ate some delicious food, played a little cornhole, and hopped around to visit friends in different tents. This is my favorite time of year because what does fall mean? Pumpkin. And I never get tired of pumpkin recipes. Perfect for tailgating were Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and they are to die for.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

1 egg

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. milk

1 cup chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla

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1. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, add pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg. Stir.

3. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda mixture. Mix well.

4. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla.

5. Spoon onto cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until done.