…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? Peanut Butter cookies have been an American favorite for years. Ever wonder who invented the peanut butter cookie? The Peanut Butter Cookie was invented in 1910, when George Washington Carver of Alabama's Tuskegee Institute published a peanut cookbook to promote peanut crops across the south.
In his cookbook entitled, How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption, Carver included several cookies recipes that called for chopped peanuts. Peanut butter was added to the cookies 20 years later along with the fork marks that are associated with this cookie. In 1932, the Schenectady Gazette published the first peanut butter cookie recipe that called for crisscrossed fork marks on the top. Today, a peanut butter cookie just wouldn't be quite right without this iconic decoration!
To set the record straight, the Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 20th century.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 12 to 15 minutes
Yield: 48 cookies+
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1-1/4 cups smooth peanut butter,
1 cup vegetable shortening (I prefer Crisco)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 cup granola cereal (I prefer Quaker Simply Granola)
ChefSecret: Save the unbaked dough for another day. Scoop and bake the premade dough and have fresh-baked cookies in less than 20 minutes.
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