This is the original Peanut Butter cookie I made in my childhood, from my first cookbook, The Cookie Book by Eva Moore. It's out of print now, and in fact, it's very sought after today. I'm glad I still have it.
As a kid, I thought this was the best cookie, and since making it again after all these years, I think it still is. Here, I have updated the recipe for My Perfect Cookie with powder peanut butter (we didn't have that when I was growing up) and freeze-dried banana. Another option is to substitute the banana for chocolate chips.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup powder peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cup crushed freeze dried banana
- In your mixer (with paddle attachment), combine the butter and sugars on low speed until smooth (approximately 2 minutes).
- Add the egg and vanilla to the mixer. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix thoroughly.
- Gradually, mix the dry ingredients with the creamed ingredients, in the mixer on low speed.
- Once the ingredients are combined, gradually add the peanut butter powder. Mix on low until combined throughout. Then, add the crushed freeze dried banana.
- Follow instructions for My Perfect Cookie.
- After the dough logs have chilled for a minimum of 3 hours, take out of the tubes.
- Slice the log into 1/2” thick cookies. Remember to roll the log about 1/8 of a turn after each slice to prevent the log from flattening from the weight of the knife. Keeps the cookies round at each slice.
- Place the cookies on parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Leave about 1 1/2” between cookies. The cookies do spread.
- Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes. Cookies should be slightly brown.
- Take the cookies out of the oven. At this point, you can decorate with mini peanut butter cups, peanut butter pieces, and /or banana chips. Press into the soft cookies.
- Let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to wire racks.