1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place oven rack just above oven center. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.
In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture until well blended.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Gently flatten each ball with fork in a criss-cross pattern. Bake in the top half of preheated oven until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove cookies from sheets; cool on wire racks.
Makes 30 cookies.
Date: October 14, 2002