RoRo’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

If given a choice between a crunchy cookie and a chewy cookie, I will pick the chewy cookie every single time. But these aren’t just any crunchy cookies. These are my great-grandmother’s prize-winning Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

That’s right these two-bite, crunchy cookies won the Clark County Fair in Virginia where cookies are serious business.

Remember how I told you that RoRo, my great-grandmother, would send home each relative home with his or her favorite treat? Well, she would always send us home with a container full of these Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies for my dad along with Pecan Tassies for me and Pinwheel Cookies for my mom.

But this post isn’t really about the cookies, even though they are amazing, it’s about the man who loves these cookies.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

My Dad is an inspiration. I don’t say it enough but today seemed like the perfect time to let him know just how influential he has been in my life. His achievement is part of what drives me forward: to be better, to be more successful, to be a better person and to someday achieve greatness.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

I don’t think he would be super happy if I shared specifics, so today I will speak in generalities and you will just have to trust me. My Dad came from a small town, got his first job at 8 years old and has never let his determination flag since.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

It is from his example that I have learned what it takes to be successful: determination, perseverance, sacrifice, intelligence, and hard work. I am lucky to have such a man for a father. Lucky.

My Great Grandmother's Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Back to the cookies! I know that’s why you’re here!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

If the fact that these Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are award-winning isn’t enough to convince you of their superiority, you should know that they are a sweet, traditional peanut butter cookie that is crispy but not dry. Each bite is full of peanut butter flavor and will have you reaching for the next before your better judgment has time to object!

Like my father, the awards these cookies have won and my descriptions don’t even begin to do them justice. You’ll just have to trust me. :-)

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I love you.

RoRo’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 96 small cookies

RoRo’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

My Great-Grandmother's award winning, Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are a sweet, traditional peanut butter cookie that is crispy but not dry. Each bite is full of peanut butter flavor and will have you reaching for the next before your better judgment has time to object!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugars until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until light and creamy.
  4. Reduced the speed to low and mix in the peanut butter.
  5. In several additions add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture until incorporated and smooth.
  6. Drop dough by the teaspoon (the actual spoon, not the measuring spoon) onto a baking sheet spaced about an inch apart. Dip the tines of a fork into granulated sugar and press them into each cookie twice in a crisscross pattern flattening the dough, dipping the fork into the sugar between each cookie.
  7. Bake 10 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. I only bake one sheet at a time, but you do as you wish.

Notes:

My great-grandmother pressed the cookie down as it hit the baking sheet and, as a result, each cookie was different in a rugged way. If you want prettier cookies, you can roll the dough into a ball prior to crisscrossing with a fork.

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Comments

  1. says

    What a lovely tribute to your dad. I think I’d become a huge fan of these cookies, too, with just one nibble. I’m overdue to bake up some pb cookies…and these have certainly stood up to the test of time!
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  2. says

    ha ha ha I just realized we have the same theme, great minds think alike. Are you finding really easy to use. I love it. After all the trouble I had, I have found it great and really easy to use.

  3. Karen says

    This looks like a great recipe, and I’ll be making them soon. I like to add about a cup of finely chopped peanuts to my PB cookies – I wonder if that will work? Oh, and I eliminate the fork issues by using a potato masher. With a light touch. It works great. Thanks for the good recipe.

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I hope you do! I bet that would be great with the chopped peanuts! One of my Aunts just told me that RoRo used to add butterscotch chips sometimes! Just make sure you dip the potato masher in sugar it’s what makes these the best!! Or you could probably sprinkle some on top afterwards.

      • Karen says

        I always use a standard scoop, form the dough into a ball, then roll them in sugar. And yes, the potato masher also needs to be dipped in sugar. Peanut butter-butterscotch does sound good!

        • AmericanCooking22 says

          Oh that does sounds delicious! I love a cookie rolled in sugar! The potato masher is a great idea!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thanks, Kayle! They are trouble to keep around! RoRo used to keep them in the freezer, which, upon second thought, would probably have been smart!

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