I have a peanut butter problem.
I can’t stop at one scoop. I can’t stop at two. It’s so bad that I have the replace the jar on my desk on a
weekly monthly basis.
That’s right. I keep a jar ON my desk. The way I figure it, this is a good thing. I have a love/hate relationship with meat, and by eating peanut butter, I get protein and good fats. Ergo, my peanut butter habit is really healthy.
What’s so great about Peanut Butter? Well, one serving contains a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat (like olive oil), 200 mg of potassium (making it a great post workout snack), protein, some fiber, and a few vitamins and minerals.
While I was QA-ing the dough, I thought about reigning in my addiction. That silly thought died on the spot when I heard that the price of peanut butter was going to increase significantly due to a poor crop season. I had just used the last of my jar!
Must – Not – Panic
I suddenly see myself stocking up in the near future. Or making my own if I can find a place that sells decent canning jars. Any suggestions?
Bakery Style Peanut Butter Cookies
** This recipe developed as a result of a mistake I made while working at a bakery in high school. Turns out, it wasn’t a mistake, lots of places use this basic recipe!
Oven setting & bake time: 375 degrees, 10-12 minutes
The damage: this recipe makes 12 large cookies at 197 calories per cookie.
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup of sugar (I’ll experiment with a less processed variety and update if results are good)
Directions: Measure your peanut butter (for a great, no mess tutorial, click here to visit Bites + Bowls) and add it to a mixing bowl. Add your sugar and egg and cream together until well incorporated.
Using a table-spoon, drop heaping spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. If you have a parchment or silicon mat, feel free to use it here. Take a fork and press down on the cookie dough balls, once horizontally and once vertically making a hash pattern (#). Sprinkle with extra sugar and place in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.