BITS & BITES
How to Make the Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie
August 30, 2016
It’s sweet, it’s delicious, and it goes great with a glass of milk. It’s the Peanut Butter Cookie! The next time you want to bake something sweet, try these tips for your most delicious batch of peanut butter cookies ever.
Do the Prep Work
Take milk, eggs, and butter (or shortening) out of the refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes before use. They blend easier when at room temperature.
Protect the Cookie
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat instead of cooking spray so the bottoms don’t brown too much before the cookies are fully baked.
Mix It Up!
Mix dough only until ingredients are just combined. Overmixing can result in tough dough. Feeling adventurous? Roll up your sleeves and mix the dough with your hands!
Add a Twist
Take your cookies up a notch! Roll balls of dough in cinnamon, colored sugar, cocoa powder, or chopped nuts for extra flavor, color, or texture.
Planning ahead? Store prepared dough in the refrigerator for up to five days. Simply set it out for about 30 minutes to bring it to room temperature before baking.
Think About the Future
Freeze prepared balls of dough for up to three months. Just thaw and bring to room temperature before baking. This is great for when you want to bake a batch but don’t have time for prep.
The Perfect Touch
When making the crisscross pattern, dip fork tines in warm water or flour, or coat them in cooking spray so they don’t stick. Note: Using flour will make the cookies a little crispier on top.
Chewy or Crispy?
For soft, chewy cookies, bake only for as long as the recipe indicates, even if they don’t look done. Cookies will continue to bake for a couple of minutes after they’re out of the oven.
If you like your cookies crunchy, add a couple of minutes to the bake time for a crispier texture.
Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you: Drizzle Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread on top of fresh-from-the-oven cookies for an extra layer of goodness.
Love salty and sweet? Sprinkle just a touch of sea salt on top of your cookies.
How to Cool
After baking, cool cookies until they’re room temperature, then store in an airtight bag or container. Storing them when they’re still warm creates steam, which can make them crumbly or too soft.