Monday, July 19, 2010

Cookie Monday

alternately titled: Everything's better with...

I've said it before.

In everything!
Everyone needs it in their pantry.

I had a mild panic attack today when I realized there was no chocolate in the house; not a single semisweet morsel. But as I raided the cupboards, the three big tubs of peanut butter I just bought (I love a good deal) stared me right in the face- seemingly a satisfying alternative. In cookie form of course.

Vanilla makes them over-the-top yummy.

Peanut Butter Vanil-licious Cookies

1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
2/3 cups light brown sugar
2/3 cup vanilla sugar, divided (or plain granulated if you must)
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Skippy Natural)
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream butter, brown sugar, 1/3 cup vanilla sugar, and peanut butter until light & fluffy, about 5 minutes. Incorporate egg & vanilla extract; mix well.

Sift together flour, salt & baking soda. Slowly add dry to wet mix. Scrape down bowl & beat until just mixed.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets, and bake 8-9 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before moving.

The other 1/3 cup of vanilla sugar is for dipping. Dump warm cookies (top side-down) into a bowl of the sugar, then carefully transfer to a wire rack until fully cool. If you can wait until they're fully cool to eat one (or three).

makes about 32.

Side note:

I only gained ONE pound in the last 3 weeks, so I think my body's trying to make up for it. This whole batch of cookies may be gone tonight.
Next appointment is next Thursday (37 weeks). We're getting close!


mel @ the larson lingo said...

i haven't made PB cookies in forever! yum!
p.s. You did NOT just use Brush Script in a blog post....ahhhh my eyes! ;)

Jennifer said...

Ooooh! why have I not heard of this vanilla sugar? Must. Go. On. The. Hunt.

{Amy} said...

peanut butter cookies are what we wanted to make yesterday but we had no pb so we made chocolate chip cookie bars instead! i am going to make these next time...thanks for sharing!

Kelli said...

I love peanut butter, I will give these a try! No I just need to find vanilla sugar!


Tegan and Tage said...

It is taking every OUNCE of will power I have not to make these-- especially since I have all the ingredients for them. Only 3 weeks to go?! I can't wait!!!

P.S. That picture of Camden is awesome. :)

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

Might as well say BANANA!!! in purple.
My eyes. My eyes. But the pic is so cute in spite of the hideous brush script. Pretty much need those cookies this very minute!!!!!

meg duerksen said...

37 weeks? you are sooooo close!
can't wait to hear about it.

i am hungry for pb cookies.

Kristin said...

These look and sound fantastic! I might have to make them, eat them, and then stay away from the scale! I am 24 weeks and my weight gain is creeping up on me! These might just be worth it :)