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Peanut Butter Cookies

It's been a long time, but once upon a time I was a young girl.  (You can't see me, but I'm smiling about that!)  I wasn't into sports much, but very involved in 4-H.  I didn't particularly like raising and showing farm animals, but really enjoyed the home making activities. 

At about 12 years old  I labored most of a morning making peanut butter cookies to show.  They were soft and perfectly uniform in size and design, however, when it came time to take them from our country kitchen to the county court house show room, I picked up the platter too quickly and all the cookies slid off - onto the floor.  I was crushed and may have slumped into a teary eyed  defeated heap on the floor.  My sweet and ever kind mother calmly salvaged about 6 or 8 cookies then drove me to the 5 & 10 cent store.  She purchased a small, clear, star shaped plate for the cookies which we delivered to the 4-H show just before the deadline.  I received a 1st place blue ribbon for those "salvaged off the floor" cookies.  I wish I still had that plate, but I do still have the recipe for prize winning peanut butter cookies that I think originally came from Better Homes & Gardens.

Blue Ribbon Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup real butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon really good quality vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar to sprinkle on top
  1. Preheat the oven to (350 F)
  2. Beat the butters, sugars, baking powder & soda together. 
  3. Add the egg & vanilla. 
  4. Add the flour. The dough will be soft and fluffy.
  5. Shape the dough into 1" balls.  Place them about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Dip fork tines in sugar and gently apply pressure to the dough ball to flatten out to about 1/2 thick.  I like one set of tine marks, but you can make a crosshatch pattern too.  Put a pinch of sugar on top of each cookie.
  6. Bake  at 350 F. 9-12  minutes.  The tops will be very light in color-not brown.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.  If you and your family don't eat them all right away, store them in a cookie jar. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.
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I just finished making a batch.  It smells really good in my house.  I'm seriously considering adding a drizzle of chocolate to my cookie...


  1. I will certainly try this one! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I'm sorry your cookies slid off the plate, but oh boy did you get a good result from it! LOL! Going to try this recipe because it looks good!


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