I have always been a sucker for an old-fashioned, tried and true, classic recipe. Most of my favorite cookie recipes come from the backs of labels and boxes — maybe because they’re the cookies I grew up eating, or maybe because they’re tried and true. Regardless, those are the recipes I turn to when my kids get a cookie craving, we have a new neighbor moving in, or I have to bring something to potluck. And JIF’s Irrisistible Peanut Butter Cookie recipe just so happens to be one of my favorites.
The internet has made it possible to have SO MANY recipes at our fingertips now, but isn’t it nice to have something classic and nostalgic? I love the crisscross fork print in JIF’s Irrisistible Peanut Butter Cookies — as a kid I always loved to pile the sugar in those indentations. I’d often go a bit heavy on the sugar, which would end up sprinkled all over the cookie sheet and make the best caramelized sugar smell that filled up the kitchen.
Jon David was asking for cookies the other day, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make a batch of peanut butter cookies together! Being 10 means that he doesn’t share as many of my interests as he used to (unless I take up a sudden obsession with Minecraft), but he loves an opportunity to have some say in the kitchen. I let him pick something special to add to the cookie dough, and he chose pretzels and mini chocolate chips. Perfect peanut butter pairing!
I will fully admit to being kind of control freak-ish at times, but these are the perfect cookies for letting a kiddo chip in. The criss cross pattern is easy and fun for them to do, and you have a lot of fun conversation while you’re at it. Most of my best conversations with my son is while I’m cooking or we are in the car — I don’t always learn anything deep, but I’ll gain insight into what his relationships with his friends are like, what he thinks about the book he’s reading every night, and what girl he has chosen as my future daughter-in-law.
Just kidding about that last part. Wanted to see if you were paying attention.
We stuck with the classic JIF Irrisistible Peanut Butter Cookie recipe that I’ve been baking and eating all my life — some Creamy JIF Peanut Butter, some Crisco Shortening, vanilla, sugar, flour, baking soda and an egg. When the dough was finished, we folded in a cup of crushed pretzel sticks and a cup of mini chocolate chips. My favorite way to eat these cookies is plain, but it’s easy to add whatever you want!
- 3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
- 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- HEAT oven to 375°F. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
- COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
- BAKE one baking sheet at a time 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.
You can’t go wrong with this classic recipe! Enjoy!
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