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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

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I first published this recipe with an article I wrote for www.GoodHusbanding.com titled “San Francisco and Peanut Butter Cookies”. It was a fun story to write, highlighting the many culinary adventures that my husband and I have enjoyed together and our love of San Francisco. The article remains a trip down memory lane for me, reminiscing about the role of my Peanut Butter Cookies in our relationship, from high school through current day. Little did I know, when I was 14 years old, that not only would I marry Ryan but that we’d move hours away from San Francisco and that I’d be making those same cookies as currency to bribe our toddler into potty training!

Ingredients:
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1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (smooth is best)
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix together Egg, Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Butter, Sugar and Brown Sugar.
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3. Add remaining dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Soda and Salt). Mix together really well (for best results, take off your rings and use your hands!).

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4. Shape dough into little 1 inch balls and place a couple inches apart on a lightly-greased cookie sheet. Lightly press each cookie with the flat part of a fork’s tines to leave an impressive-looking striped pattern on each cookie (criss-cross the fork pattern to make them look extra impressive!).

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4. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes, or until the cookie bottoms are just barely golden colored.

5. Take out of oven and let cookies cool on hot cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving them onto a plate or cooling rack (they finish cooking on the sheet!). Be careful not to overcook in the oven or cookies will be hard when they cool! Makes 3-4 dozen (depending on your cookie sizes!) …but double the recipe if you want a stockpile. They store really well in gallon ziplock bags. If the bagged cookies get a little hard after a day or two, just throw a slice of apple in with them. I don’t know why it works, but it does!

6. Eat. Yum!
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