Tasty Tuesday: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day


National Peanut Butter Cookie Day is coming up on June 12th. One of the most memorable cookie recipes I have growing up was my mother’s peanut butter cookies! The smell in the house as they baked . . .  the warm cookies fresh from the oven.  And unless you have an allergy to nuts, in particular peanuts, they have a wonderful taste.  Growing up many children eat thousands of peanut butter sandwiches, PB & J (with jelly) and it’s just a “warm and fuzzy” taste that takes us all back to our childhood. Even if you got tired of eating PB & J.

So, for me, my mother kept all her every day favorite recipes in a “little black book” which was actually a little black book and the page for her peanut butter cookies was spattered with shortening and peanut butter.  I wrote a cookbook in 1995, included her recipe, and included a picture of that page in her little recipe book.  That’s how special she, her recipes, and these cookies are!

Plus, an added bonus – they have ingredients that are generally in every home or very easy to get.  Sugars, peanut butter, eggs, flour, and either shortening or margarine.  Inexpensive to make – peanut butter costs from $2.49 (enough for 2 batches) to $12 per jar depending on how organic or home made the peanut butter is. So, make your own memories for your family and friends! It’s an awesome rewarding feeling – and DEFINITELY GREAT TO EAT!



½ cup shortening

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Cream together ½ cup shortening, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar.
  2. Mix in 1 cup peanut butter.  Beat well. 
  3. Add 2 well beaten eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  4. Sift together 2 cups all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder and add to the creamed mixture.
  5. Roll into balls and flatten with the tines of a fork.
  6. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F preheated oven for 15 minutes. Do NOT overbake!


Now this is a pretty simple recipe.  I have made it with both Crisco shortening (because it is my favorite brand of shortening) and with margarine – because margarine and shortening are both made from oil. Both are delicious – margarine is generally twenty-five cents per stick (1/2 cup) so is cheaper than Crisco or probably any other shortening.

I use light brown sugar, but the flavor would be a little stronger maple flavor if you used dark brown sugar.  Either works equally well.

Peanut butter can be any brand.  And you can use chunky or smooth peanut butter.  Up to you.

Eggs are usually large. And, honestly, I do not sift my flour – only rarely.  Because back in the 1930’s when mother wrote this recipe down flours were not pre-sifted.  Today use your judgement depending on the kind of recipe, but I think all the flours I buy are pre-sifted and for cookies like these, it is just fine.

I make these with a spatula and bowl, and with an electric mixer (stand or portable). Easy either way. And you can cut the recipe in half or double and triple the batch. They freeze well.

I prefer my peanut butter cookies slightly soft, so I watch them close. When they start to brown around the edges – about 15 minutes – I remove them from the oven.  Maybe let set a minute before putting on a cool surface.

I KNOW these will be a favorite of yours if you can eat peanuts.  You’ll make them often, almost guaranteed! ????

Bon Appetite’

With Love,

Granni K

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