Imagine opening your email one day, and having JIF, the Peanut Butter gurus, as YOU to make their peanut butter cookie recipe. Because they think it’s the best, and they just kind of want YOUR opinion.
Because they think you matter,
(How did they get my email address, I wondered? Who am I?)
I blinked a few times, said Um, sure, and then went on about my day. Surely they weren’t serious. Surely I was sent the request in error, and in time, they would forget their mistake and lose my address.
Except they didn’t.
A few days later, a big box showed up on my doorstep, full of all the goodies I would need to set about to making this “Irresistible” Peanut Butter Cookie. Flour, shortening, JIF, of course. So, while Seven was slaving away at school, I set about to making a batch of these cookies.
I was kind of relieved to have a recipe for a change, versus having to create one on my own. I was perplexed though, y’all. I kept wanting to tweak it, like it was my job. Maybe add white chocolate. Or more vanilla. Or add a cream cheese filling. You know…make it my own. But nay, I was on a mission.
I was going to FOLLOW. THIS. RECIPE.
I felt like I was cheating the system. It was so hard to stick to the rules, but I did it. The ingredients came together quickly, easily, and I had zero trouble. It was actually relaxing, in the end, once I got over the awkwardness of not developing a recipe.
A quick whirr in the mixer, a nice warm oven, a Silpat (because I never bake without one), and a cookie scoop made my cookie day a breeze. In fact, I was done in no time at all, and before I even realized what I’d accomplished.
When Seven got home from school, he was thrilled to get in on the cookie eating action, but before I let him eat them all, we decided to take a few pictures. Don’t you adore those little hands? It makes me so sad they won’t always be this small. Sadder still is that he doesn’t look like this anymore, covered in flour, barefoot as I bake.
Kids grow up too fast.
So I guess I’ll keep making cookies, hoping to at least keep him a kid at heart. It’s the least I can do, right? How can you put a value on a smile? These cookies made him smile.
They made my dad smile, too. Wow. A handful of peanut butter cookies last week and he’s mentioned it at least 3 times.
I guess I’d better make another batch.
You should try them, too!
JIF Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
Or 1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
- 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- HEAT oven to 375°F. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
- COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
- BAKE one baking sheet at a time 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.
Courtesy of JIF, because they want you to be happy (and so do I), we have a prize pack for you so that you, too, can make these Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies. What’s it include?
- Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
- Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
- Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
- Jif apron
- Cookie jar
- Branded fork for cookie imprint
Nice, right? A little something something to make your fall a little warmer. Baking is just…well, I love it, don’t you? Hopefully this will help.
Want to win?
Just let me know you do. Leave a comment, letting me know that baking these cookies seems right up your alley.
Bam, you are entered to win. No hoops. Just cookies.
Disclaimer: Post and contest sponsored by JIF. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on October 25. Winner will be notified via email provided. US addresses only. Good Luck!