When I graduated from high school (Which seems like forever ago, but was more recent than I care to admit) I spent some time waiting tables at the local counrty club. I worked closely with a woman named "Marge" who, among other things, was our baker. After weeks of devouring the most amazing peanut butter cookies I've ever had, I finally broke and asked for the recipe. Marge told me this story:
Since she risked her reputation, her husband's social standings, and practically broke the law, she felt it only apprpriate to share it with me, and I am paying it forward. So from Me, Marge, and Poor-unsuspecting-greedy-recipe-lady, have a cookie.....
Peanut Butter Cookie
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Dash of salt
1. Cream sugars and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla, then eggs, beating each addition until smooth. Stir in peanut butter,
2. Mix dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture.
3. Form balls of dough at least an inch apart (these guys spread) on an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip a fork in remaining sugar and press cookies in a criss-cross.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they look like this.....
Cookies will still seem a bit soft but will solidify as they cool - be careful not to over bake.
This is the part they never tell you about on Food Network....