The key to these cookies is cheap peanut butter. Choose the store brand for a gooey and delicious cookie!
2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 C. dark brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 C. granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 C.) butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 C. creamy peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300°. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside. In a large bowl, blend sugars using an electric mixer set at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping the sides of the bowl. Add eggs, peanut butter and vanilla, and mix at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed until just mixed. Do not overmix. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet 1 1/2″ apart. With a wet fork, gently press a crisscross pattern on top of cookies.
Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until cookies are slightly brown along the edges. Transfer cookies immediately to a cool, flat surface.