One time when we were at Brett's parents' house, Brett's mom passed out some cookies that did not have the fork criss-cross in them. They were tasty and obviously peanut butter cookies and so we all laughed when Brett's dad said something along the lines of, "These are good. What kind of cookie are they?"
"Peanut butter!" We replied.
"But they don't have the criss-cross!" We thought it was funny that the criss-cross is so closely associated with peanut butter cookies that if a cookie doesn't have it, it must not be peanut butter!
This is a super classic recipe that everyone can instantly recognize mainly because of that fork-pressed criss-cross. Brett practically lives off of peanut butter, so of course he loves these cookies.
Since we are on a big maple syrup kick, I decided to substitute 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of maple syrup. I instantly regretted doing this because real maple syrup is not cheap, and the peanut butter totally (obviously) is the star of the show. The maple flavor was lost in this batter.
As I was making these cookies I was trying to talk to my mom at the same time and actually forgot to criss-cross one batch. Do they still look like peanut butter cookies to you?
No? Perhaps these then:
Peanut Butter Criss- Cross Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 and 1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Add to creamed mixture.
Roll into 1 inch balls. Flatten with fork first one way and then cross the other way.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.