Peanut Butter Cookies

26 May

When I was in seventh grade, I had to take a sewing class and a cooking class. The idea was to get kids back to the basics. The sewing class was probably the hardest class of my life. My hands are not meant to sew. They just aren’t. We made the most challenging things, too—like pillowcases. OK, so I know what you’re thinking. A pillowcase? Are you serious? That’s just two pieces of fabric sewn together. Well listen Mister Judgey Pants, it might be simple if you didn’t have to sew the pieces together. But apparently you do.

If you needed help, classmates were allowed to assist. I took “assist” to a whole new level when we moved from pillowcases and onto duffel bags. I convinced a nimble-handed girl to practice and assist on mine until it was finished.

Those were stressful days.

So let’s go back to the basics. (No, not the sewing basics, because those basic skills were never actually acquired.) This recipe hails from my seventh grade cooking class. It truly is easy enough for twelve- and thirteen-year-old kids (not like cursed pillowcases).

Did I mention this recipe has three ingredients? Yup, just THREE. If that isn’t incentive enough for you to grab a bowl and start mixing, I don’t know what is.

Start by getting out your list of ingredients. All three of ’em.

Mix the sugar and peanut butter. It will be nice and crumbly.

Add the egg and mix again. Your dough will be very shiny. Form into little balls.

Next make those cute little crosshatch marks.

Bake for 10 minutes, then eat, eat, eat!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies


1 c. sugar
1 c. peanut butter (I used natural peanut butter)
1 egg, room temperature


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. Beat sugar and peanut butter for 2 minutes. Mixture will be crumbly. Add egg and beat for another minute. Roll into teaspoon-sized balls and place on cookie sheet. Use a fork to make a crosshatch on each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes, and let cool on pan for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ain’t it amazing what sugar, peanut butter, and a little ol’ egg can do?

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