Sunday, June 12, 2016

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!! That’s such a delicious idea, that I couldn’t resist plumbing the depths of the Archives for peanut butter-based cookie and bar recipes, and getting excited about them all over again.

My favorite basic peanut butter cookie recipe is from The Complete Book of Baking by Pillsbury. You know what I mean by “basic peanut butter cookie,” don’t you? The ones with a simple, firm dough that you roll into balls, and then mark with a cross-hatch made with a fork. This is almost as common/popular/well-known as the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie. If you bake ever, you probably have a similar recipe at your fingertips.

My favorite peanut butter cookie recipe of them all (so far, anyway) is the Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups recipe in the Archives from way back in January 2013. (Yes, I eat peanut butter cookies in January when everybody else is cleansing.) 

This cookie recipe is wonderful, even before you gild it with a bunch of chopped peanut butter cups. It’s so good, that you could probably leave out the peanut butter cups. I’d replace them before I left them out entirely, however, with something like chocolate chunks or chips, or peanut butter chips, or honey roasted peanuts.

The gluten free option, Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, are also totally fabulous. They’re very easy to throw together, and are at least as satisfying as anything made with flour.

The recipe makes a small batch, so that, along with their ease and speed of preparation, makes them perfect for quick craving quenching.

These Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Cookies are sort of a soft cross between a cookie and a muffin. They’ve got a few extra healthy ingredients, like bananas, whole wheat flour and wheat germ, oatmeal, and raisins, that help them answer the nagging question, “Why can’t I have cookies for breakfast?”

The cookie sheets can’t be allowed to have all the fun on National Cookie Day. Not when a baking pan can contribute just as well. Peanut Butter Butterfinger Blondies are a delicious contribution to any celebration and deserve a spot here. These are made from a peanut butter infused blondie batter with chopped Butterfinger candy bars sprinkled on top before baking. You could replace those candies with something else, like peanut butter cups, if you prefer.

Also in the bar category is this recipe for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Revel Bars. These are a rich and decadent treat, a peanut butter cookie bottom and topping sandwiching a silky chocolate layer. 

Let me give a shout out today, too, to these Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Energy Bars. They may not qualify as a cookie, but they fill the role of hand-held snack and they certainly do come with their fair share of peanut butter. More like a granola bar, they’re pretty darn satisfying, filling and delicious at once. If you just can’t allow yourself the extravagance of cookies, energy bars may be the way to go.

Because you’ve got to celebrate National Cookie Day somehow. Even if it’s tomorrow...or some other day. It’s always a good day for peanut butter cookies!

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