Peanut Butter Cookies

I lay awake at night, critiquing and organizing my favorite holiday treats.  I want to bake all the right ones, creating Christmas traditions that run deep.  I want Octave to say she has been eating her mama’s cinnamon rolls, peanut butter cookies, and biscotti, since her very first Christmas. 

I don’t know why these things are so important to me, but the why is not as important as this very deep longing of mine.  So this week I am baking our memories. Biscotti, baked, dipped, and eaten.  Peanut butter cookies, baked and cooling.  Cinnamon rolls, reserved for Christmas morning!  Some people have a Christmas present check list.  I have this. This year and all the years to come, I am giving her baked memories, because I believe those are the things that last forever.

Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 2 dozen

Recipe from Slate

1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter, at room temperature

1 egg, at room temperature

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

2-3 tbsp. cane sugar for coating

Favorite bar of chocolate if making blossoms (optional)

Coarse seat salt for garnish(optional)

Directions:

In a stand mixer or with hand mixer, cream butter and brown sugar.  Add peanut butter, egg, and extracts.  Mix until smooth and creamy.  In a small bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda.  Slowly add dry ingredients while you are mixing.  Mix until just combined.   Let dough rest in the fridge for 2-3 hours(don’t skip.) Pre heat oven to 350.  With a cookie scoop or tablespoon, evenly scoop dough into small balls.  Roll in sugar and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.  Repeat with all cookies.  Press fork into dough, both vertically and horizontally. If you are adding the chocolate don’t press the cookies, just leave them in their scoop and bake.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  If adding chocolate, press a square of chocolate in each cookie upon taking them out of the oven. Once they are cooled they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, perfection!