Friday, September 23, 2011

Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies

Oh wow, these are good! No, they are better than good- they are really the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had! My friend, Melissa (over on Harper Street Treats), and I share an immense love for the Baking Illustrated's our baking bible! Melissa told me about this recipe and I jumped on it! Adding ground peanuts to the dough just puts them over the top!

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (16 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup extra-crunchy peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts, ground in food processor into crumbs

Preheat oven to 350F

In a bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together and set aside.

In another bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until fluffy.

Add peanut butter, eggs (one at a time), vanilla, dry ingredients and ground peanuts, beating after each addition.

Roll the dough into 2 inch balls (use about 2 Tablespoons of dough for each). Place on baking sheets. Press each ball with the back of a fork twice to make the classic peanut butter cookie design on top.

Bake approximately 10 minutes until the edges are just beginning to brown and the cookies are slightly puffy in the middle (they will look a little underdone in the middle). Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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