Peanut Butter Cookies (Mrs. Fields)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt.  Mix well with a wire whisk.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, blend sugars using an electric mixer set at medium speed.  Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping the side of the bowl.  Add eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla, and mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed until just mixed.  Do not over mix.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.  With a wet fork, gently press a crisscross pattern on top of cookies.  Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until cookies are slightly brown along edges.  Transfer cookies immediately to a cool, flat surface with a spatula.
  6. As a variation, add 2 cups coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate bar or 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips to the flour mixture, then bake as directed.

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