I love to bake! It’s my therapy after a long work day, and very relaxing. I get into a zone and basically blur out everything else. December is an especially busy baking month for me-all those Christmas cookies! But, this week I am baking a lot as well. I am turning 30 in a few days and hosting a big birthday bash this weekend. Aside from the dinner my mom and I are planning to make, I am creating a cookie bar. Not a cookie in the shape of a bar, but an assortment of cookies and candies for my guests to enjoy and also take home. I adapted my recipe for Peanut Butter Crackles from a peanut butter cookie recipe by my beloved Paula Deen. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Crackles (makes approx. 5 dozen cookies)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
1-12 oz jar of peanut butter ( I only use Skippy)
2 eggs (I use jumbo)
1+ 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix these until completely incorporated and a little fluffy.
Add 1/4 cup flour and mix until just combined.
Lightly grease cookie sheets with butter or spray. Roll the dough into balls and place on sheets. **The dough does not spread very much and I was able to get about 2 dozen on 1 pan.**
Put the pans of dough balls in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up.
Once all the dough is rolled and chilled, bake 10-11 minutes, rotating pans half way through.
Push the cookies with the back of a spoon so they flatten and “crack”.
Immediately remove from pans and allow to finish cooling on racks.
To make PB and C cookies, push a chocolate kiss or peanut butter cup into them.
To make PB and J cookies, push with spoon as above. When cooled pair the cookies up, spread the bottoms with your favorite jelly or jam and sandwich together.