One of the strange and beautiful things about home baking is that the reward always seems to far outweigh the effort required. Take these peanut butter cookies for instance. They require only a few common pantry ingredients and about 30 minutes of active work (and that includes doing the dishes!)
And the pay off?
A house that smells like a bakery.
A husband that can’t keep his hands off you(r cookies).
Delighted coworkers (I mean really, nothing thrills the coworkers like free, homemade cookies).
And puffy, chewy peanut butter cookies for your own eating pleasure.
I spent just an hour of my time last week whipping up these little gems.
They’re pretty much foolproof. Anyone with two hands, some flour and butter, and an oven could make them. There’s absolutely no fanciness to be found in this recipe.
But when I shared these cookies with the senior group at my work, I was treated like some sort of kitchen magician. People raved. They asked me if I sold them. I got hugs and kisses and I love yous.
That is the joy of baking. Little effort. Big pay off.
This time, it comes in the form of perfectly soft and chewy, peanut-ty goodness. Next week, the pay off includes chocolate. You won’t want to miss it.
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen who credits the The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes From New York’s Sweetest Bakery