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Some may say I am a "Stay at home Mom," but that is not even close. I am Eric's Wife. I have exhilarating strokes of genius, followed almost immediately by paralyzing pangs of self doubt and, for whatever reason, here is where I blog about it - warts and all. I serve a merciful God with a clumsy hand and at the end of each day I go to sleep thankful to be His servant and Eric's wife.

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Only Because I Love You (Now with chocolate chips!)

May 22, 2008

I have only three recipes that are all mine. This means that there are three things that only taste the way they do when I make them. This is a big deal to me. I guard these recipes and only share them on very rare occasion with dear friends who are in great need.

I’m not going to tell what two of those items are, but I let it leak that I make the best peanut butter cookies ever and I think it is only fair that I shared my much tweaked, and highly prized recipe.

Why am I sharing this recipe and risking the very real possibility that you will no longer need my friendship because now you can make your own cookies? Because I want to say thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting.

You may never know just how much I get out of this writing thing, but I hope that having a taste of the very best peanut butter cookie ever will in some way convey to you my gratitude.

Are you ready?

Preheat (duh) oven to 375

1 and 1 half cups of flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 quarter teaspoon salt

mix these three in a mixing bowl and set aside.

in a larger mixing bowl, blend together:

1 half cup of shortening

1 half cup of peanut butter

blend well and then add:

3 quarters cup of brown sugar

1 quarter cup of white sugar

1 egg

1 half teaspoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon milk (if you like them soft)

Add flour mixture slowly. You may find it works better to mix by hand rather than with a mixer. The cookie dough will have the consistency of soft play doh.

Here is where it gets tricky and we separate the cookie purists from the average cookie eaters. If you want the best cookie ever, you’ll do exactly as I say. If you want to hurry up and eat the cookies already, feel free to cut out a few of these steps.

Working with about two Tablespoons or slightly less of dough at a time, roll the dough into a ball and then shape it into a patty. I know that your average recipe says to flatten it with a fork, but this leads to cracks on the dough and I find the crack unattractive. We want attractive cookies, no?

After you have it shaped like a patty, dip the cookie on both side in white sugar. You want the cookie covered. Trust me. It is as good as it is bad for you.

You will be placing the cookie on an UNGREASED cookie pan. No grease or spray is needed because, hello?, did you see all the grease that is already in the cookie? They will be fine.

After you have your cookies all lined up on the pan, you will want to add the fork marks. I made them once and skipped this step. They weren’t the same. It just isn’t a peanut butter cookie without the criss cross fork pattern.

Bake the cookies for 7-10 minutes. You want them to be golden, but NOT golden brown. Golden brown cookies are too crunchy.

When you take them out of the oven, they will be very fragile until they have been allowed to sit for about two to three minutes. When they are slightly cooled, take them off the cookie sheet and put them on a cookie cooling rack (I only recently acquired an authentic cookie rack, you can put them on a plate.)

This is when you have a large variety of options. You can eat of one of the cookies, for quality control purposes, but I must warn you that one leads to two and two leads to three and then before you know it you are back to the part of this post when I asked you, “Are you ready?”. You can share the cookies, but you may wind up in the same predicament.

IF your cookies survive to the point where they can actually be stored, I recommend storing them with a slice of bread. The bread makes the cookies tender and keeps them fresh longer (this trick also works with store bought cookies).

This is where I store my cookies:

Odds are that your Grandma did not leave you with a cookie jar as awesome and fabulous as mine. I am very sorry about that, but you can take comfort in knowing that I have the best cookie jar ever.

Now you have my recipe and my thank you for reading. This is the part where you leave me a comment that says, “You’re welcome”. Get to it.



My dear friend Sarah reminded me in my comments about the chocolate chip cookies she recently made. She totally pwns chocolate chip cookies.

*Edit 2*

Eric tells me that my cookie jar is the ugliest cookie jar ever.   I’m not saying that I would have picked it up on its own merits without the sentimental value attached, but really?  Ugliest cookie jar ever?  Also he thought “Get to it” was harsh.  So, scratch that.  And he loled at “pwns”.

19 responses to “Only Because I Love You (Now with chocolate chips!)”

  1. Karen says:

    Awesome, Amy! I’ll have to try them sometime. You should have included a picture of the best peanut butter cookies ever!

    Do you happen to have a great recipe with detailed instructions for chocolate chip cookies? Every time I try to make them, they come out cake-like, and I get very bummed. I now resort to those break off and bake ones in the bag :-(. But I must become a cookie master before I have kids!

  2. Karen says:

    P.S. – today is 12 years since graduation!

  3. Eric's Wife says:

    I have for many years had the same choc. chip cookie problem. I only recently conquered them and I will post my triumph one day.

    I would have included a picture of the pb cookies, but I didn’t have any available. They rarely last long around here.

    Twelve years!? I would be feeling really old if I hadn’t graduated at 7 years old like Doogie Howser MD.

  4. Susan says:

    Ohh, maybe I will give it a try tonight.

    But look at my cookie jar. I think it might be the best ever!

  5. deleise says:

    You’re welcome. And thank you.

  6. Eric's Wife says:

    My cookie jar would so win in a fight with yours, Susan. I’m just saying.

  7. Susan says:

    Dude, mine has been in fights with my slipperly hands and its still kicking.

  8. Eric's Wife says:

    whateverdude. My cookie jar was in a nasty throw down with Ian when Ian was two. There was a very brief moment when we thought he was a goner. The cookie jar, not Ian. Ian was fine. Though I almost killed him.

  9. Susan says:

    Don’t you whatever dude me and my cookie jar. I just won’t have it.

    Glad to hear that Ian made it out alive.

  10. Eric's Wife says:

    You pulled out the first dude. That’s all I’m saying. Don’t give me dude if you can’t handle whateverdude.

  11. I have a great chocolate chip cookie recipe that I just posted at my blog. Chewy and dense. Best ever.

  12. Thanks for the links and props. I totally pwn those chocolate chip cookies. Both the fattening ones and the “healthful” ones. Oh and your cookie jar is totally cool. Did you tell Eric whateverdude?

    I need some sleep…………..

  13. Brandy T. says:

    I can’t wait to try these. And may I just say how thoroughly impressed I am that you have your very “own” recipe. I do well just to follow someone else’s recipe, much less come up with my own. Kudos!

  14. Kevin says:

    Do not forget the Chocolate Chip master. They are the best in legends and mythology. Also I have graduated from trifling cookies to more advanced baking arts such as Cheesecake. I would love to make you one, someday. Ask Dad about it.

    Your Brother and Chocolate Chip master.

    (I think this comment sounds boastful. Oh well)

  15. Eric's Wife says:

    You are the chocolate chip cookie master. You just don’t boast enough for me to remember. 😉
    Now go make me a cheesecake.

  16. angela o says:

    You know, I never thoguht about it until now, but we don’t have a cookie jar. All the cookies in end in assorted glass jars or a plastic popcorn bucket on top of the fridge…that’s a shame. I love that you have your grandmother’s cookie jar – who cares what anyone else thinks. I have a set of dishtowels from my grandmother that are stained and worn but they are my favortie. Bake on, girl, bake on!

  17. Andi Hawkins says:

    I really really love you, but not as much as my husband is going to when I make these for him. I just read your post about your grandmother that was linked to the memorial day post. Very cool. My dad is remebering his mother today who also suffered for several decades with rhem arthritis. She died a few months ago, so I hope it will encourage him to remember her legacy of strength. Sorry for commenting on an old post, but I had to give props to the recipe I so coveted!!

  18. Kristen says:

    Okay, I’ve read nearly every post my little eyes could handle on this blog- and I loved ’em all! You are not only hilarious but have made me deeply jealous over your cookie jar. ; ) I NEED one.