Sadie's Peanut Butter Cookies
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
These have a light and crispy texture thanks to the shortening. Butter won't give you the same results, unfortunately. For best results, use a mixture of shortening and butter.
  • 4 oz (114 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) non-hydrogenated shortening or leaf lard (114 grams)
  • 1 cup (260 grams) peanut butter
  • 1 cup (200 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (190 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) salt
  • 1 cup (114 grams) cake flour
  • 1 cup (135 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts, chopped – (big handful)
  1. Cream butter, shortening (or lard), peanut butter, and both sugars together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs and beat until combined. Beat in the vanilla, followed by the soda and salt – make sure there are no lumps of stray soda.
  3. Stir in the cake flour, then stir in the all-purpose flour, followed by the chopped nuts.
  4. Chill the dough for about an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment or just use nonstick sheets and don't lined them with anything.
  6. Using a medium size cookie scoop, scoop out about 32 balls of dough and arrange 2 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. You can leave them as balls or you can use a fork and make a criss-cross pattern.
  7. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. The centers may seem a bit underdone at this point, but they will firm up. Let cookies cool on the pan 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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