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March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.
Another peanut butter day! I understand the love many people have for peanuts and peanut butter but I have always had a weird relationship with the peanut.
There was some question about whether I was actually allergic to peanuts as a child. This was before nut allergies were widely accepted and acknowledged. It wasn’t so bad that I needed to get tested or anything. That wasn’t that common in my circles at that time either. I just avoided them for the most part.
So when I had kids, I wondered if there was going to be an issue for them. I do have several allergies myself.
But both kids started out eating peanut butter — pretty aggressively. My son (he who is picky) stopped around age 8 and won’t go near it anymore.
The daughter eats it for breakfast.
My dad is a peanut butter cookie fan too.
This Chunky Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is for them. Crunchy nuts, chewy cookie — what’s not to like?
I hope you enjoy!
Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 c. unsalted butter
- 1½ c. chunky peanut butter
- 1½ c. light brown sugar
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 t. real vanilla extract
- 2½ c. all-purpose flour
- 1½ t. baking soda
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 c. unsalted peanuts divided
- Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat and set aside.
- Cream the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix to combine.
- In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 2/3 cup unsalted peanuts. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Transfer dough to the refrigerator and chill for one hour.
- Once chilled, divide the dough into equal-sized balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each ball. Press the dough down with a fork in a crisscross fashion to flatten. Add remaining chopped peanuts to the top of the cookies and press the peanuts down into them.
- Place the baking sheets into the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on top and cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and let the cookies sit for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool before serving. Enjoy!
Need more peanut butter recipes? Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Parfait
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