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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

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30 min
When it comes to comfort food, these Classic Peanut Butter Cookies are high up on my list. They come together quickly, taste amazing and use ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry.

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Without going into too much detail that isn’t mine to share, let me just say that it’s been a rough week in our family. No worries, Craig, Baby J and myself (plus Puppyface and Kittyface) are all fine, but we have some loved ones who are going through some really rough times, and it’s just been a difficult week all around. In fact, Craig just got back yesterday from an emergency trip up to Canada. I’m so glad he was able to step away from home and get up there when his family needed him, but, selfishly, I am so glad he is back. Being nine months pregnant and having your husband in another country is not the most pleasant thing, but he was needed much more up north than I needed him at home.

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We’re all doing a lot of healing over the events of this past week, and, as much as the diet books and talk show hosts will try to tell you otherwise, I actually think finding comfort in food isn’t a bad thing. The fact of the matter is, food is inherently comforting. Just physiologically, the senses that go along with eating something pleasant (taste, smell, even feel) can help bring up your serotonin levels and help you feel happier. Food can literally make you feel better. And I’m not above exploiting that fact when some comforting needs to be done.

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Quite honestly, I don’t want to live in a world where my food isn’t tied up with my emotions—the emotions are what make food so incredible to me.

peanut butter cookies

These simple peanut butter cookies are pretty much the epitome of sweet comfort food for me (see my Shrimp and Grits for One for my savory comfort food pick). There isn’t any one particular moment that made them into a comfort food, but a collection of happy memories. When Mama and I would get the hankering to bake something, we’d whip up these peanut butter cookies.

Why these cookies? Well, we always had the ingredients to make them on hand, and when you live far out in the middle of nowhere, you aren’t going to run to the store just to grab some specialty ingredients because you’re in the mood to bake. So peanut butter cookies became our go-to cookie recipe. The peanut butter cookie page in Mama’s Better Homes & Gardens cookbook became so worn out and stained that it eventually just fell out of the cookbook—which was okay, because we had the recipe pretty much memorized anyway.

pb cookies cookbook

I’m not much of a baker, but I would say there is something incredibly therapeutic about firing up the oven, mixing together some good ole butter and sugar with a wooden spoon, and popping a sheet of cookies in to bake. A lot of life’s problems can be solved with a batch of homemade cookies. And the ones that can’t, well, at least the ritual of baking can take your mind to another place for a while, which is sometimes all you can do.

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These cookies are for anyone who needs a little bit of comforting today. May they bring you a little bit of joy and light during an otherwise dark time.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

When it comes to comfort food, these peanut butter cookies are high up on my list. They come together quickly, taste amazing and use ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sugar and shelled peanuts for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar using either a wooden spoon, a hand mixer or a stand mixture until well-combined.
  2. Add in the baking soda, baking powder, egg, and vanilla. And mix together until well-combined. Then, add in the flour, working in three batches, until mixed well. It'll get hard to stir at the end!
  3. Using damp hands, roll the dough into 1-1/2" balls, then roll in sugar and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Using a damp fork, flatten the cookies using a crosshatch pattern, and then push in peanut halves. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 7 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies just begin to darken—do not overbake! Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, and then transfer using a spatula onto paper towels or a cooling rack to cool completely. The cookies will still feel very soft when transfer them, but will solidify as they cool (this way you know they are chewy and yum!).

Notes

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

 

 

What’s your go-to comfort food?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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10 Responses
  1. Hope all is well friend… and I agree. PB cookies have magical comforting properties. You are due in like 2 weeks and I’m finding myself getting excited for you and wondering when the big day will be. I’m sure YOU are feeling the same way! I’ll be thinking about you friend. If you need a little natural birth pep talk too I’m your girl. I love to chat birth and how strong and amazing our bodies are. If you get a little nervous in the coming weeks you should call! We’ll be praying for your family. Have a great holiday weekend.

  2. Dawn

    Sorry to hear the news. I hope everything works out for the better soon. Cookies recipe looks delish. I’ll give it a try this weekend. 🙂

  3. So sorry to hear about the struggles in your family! But I do agree, it is not totally unhealthy to find comfort in food, especially in classics like these cookies.

  4. I made this EXACT cookie recipe the other day because “baby” was craving PB cookies. At least that is what I told my husband. 🙂

    So sorry you’re family is going through some rough times. I hope that everything works out for you and your families.

    My favorite comfort food(s) right now? Grilled cheese and tomato soup. YUM!

  5. I hope all is well now or that it will be soon. Thank you for your thoughts on comfort food. You said exactly what I’ve always thought but when I’ve voiced it in the past, I’ve gotten looks like I am Cruella De Vil. I used to be a binge eater so have a full understanding of overdoing comfort foods and am slowly overcoming the results of that. I still feel that comfort food does have its time and place and is not a bad thing as long as it’s not overdone. So thank you! 🙂

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