2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoons baking powder
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
- Adjust the oven racks to the upper and lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 350°. Line two cookies sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside
- Beat the butter and sugars together in a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the peanut butter until fully incorporated. Beat in the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time. Scrap the bowl as needed and continue to mix until all items are well incorporated.
- Reduce the speed on the mixer and slowly add in the flour mixture until well combined. Again scrap the sides of the bowl and beaters as needed.
- Working with 3 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls and lay on the prepared cookie sheets at least 2-inches apart. Make a crisscross design on the cookies by first dipping a dinner fork into small bowl of water and then pressing the fork into the dough ball at perpendicular angles.
- Place both cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes rotating and switching the cookie sheets halfway through the cooking time.
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for one minute and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Be prepared to beat your children, spouses, significant others, and various passers-by away from these cookies as they cool. I used a large whisk for this. Enjoy!