Just Cookies – the old fashioned kind

I had a request for these two terrific tried and true cookie recipes:

OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER

the plate belonged to my grandmother from Ireland
the plate belonged to my grandmother from Ireland (wouldn’t you know – a Jamaican doctor bird, my favourite).  Named because they’re so pretty they make you immediately feel better.

½ cup of smooth or crunchy peanut butter

½ cup butter

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar (or fine baker’s cane sugar)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

Optional – 1 pkg (300g) semi-sweet chocolate chips (or, use Reese’s chocolate peanut butter chips)

Heat oven to 350F.  In mixing bowl, cream together peanut butter & butter.

Gradually beat in sugars.  Blend in egg & vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir into peanut butter mixture.  Stir in chips if using.

Form heaping Tablespoons of dough into balls.  Place 1-2 inches apart onto 2 greased cookie sheets.  Flatten with fork.  Bake approx.. 10 minutes or until golden.

Cool cookies slightly; then move to wire rack.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL RAISIN:

oldfashionedoatmal(formerly known as writer’s block cookies)

1 cup butter, softened

1 ½ cups dark brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. allspice

2 cups rolled oats

1-2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cream butter until light and fluffy.  Gradually add sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla and 2 tsp. water and beat until smooth.

Sift dry ingredients together.  Add to the butter mixture and mix well.  Fold in oats and raisins.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving enough space for the cookies to spread out.  Bake approx. 10 minutes, until golden.

Makes about 2 dozen good size cookies

Photos: d. king

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Scene in the City – Merci Beaucoup….

The BEST so far
The BEST so far

FOR the most deliciously delectable peanut butter cookies I’ve ever tasted – oreo sandwich style with peanut butter in the middle and the cookie a shortbread like texture but not crunchy or too chewy – just perfect if you’re a connoisseur of peanut butter cookies.

I went on opening day but by the time I arrived by late afternoon there was nothing left except for some brownies and these peanut butter cookies.  They didn’t appeal to me at first but after tasting them I’m going to attempt to copy make them at home to see how they measure up.  I’ll start by making my normal batch and sandwiching peanut butter in between & get back to you later on it.  Because at $4.00 per cookie including tax (although worth it) I could go broke. 008

Beaucoup Bakery & Café                  at 2150 Fir St. in Vancouver   http://www.beaucoupbakery.com

011FYI they sell other stuff like bread & coffee which could also become addictive.  Oui, Oui.