how to make the best peanut butter cookies
No matter what the season, peanut butter cookies are a great choice as a treat. Making great cookies is easy when you have a few baking basics under your belt. After you’ve mastered the basics you can move on to big batch cookie baking and use tips for freezing baked goods: always a handy tip when planning to make Christmas cookies or host a holiday cookie exchange. Just be sure at least one batch is peanut butter cookies.
Peanut Butter Tips
- INGREDIENTS: Baking is a science! Never make substitutions that aren’t recommended in the recipe. Measure all ingredients carefully. This substitution guide will help you avoid any guesswork.
- Check expiration dates on baking powder and baking soda. Test baking powder for freshness by mixing 1 tsp. with ¼ cup hot water and watch for vigorous bubbling. Baking soda will remain fresh if stored in a sealed container in a dry place.
- PLANTER'S Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butters are generally interchangeable in cookie recipes. For a smooth sauce, frosting or topping, use PLANTER'S Creamy Peanut Butter.
- Watch this Cookie Basics video for some great how-to baking tips.
- Measuring peanut butter is sometimes a sticky situation. To make it easier, spray a dry measuring cup with cooking spray then use a rubber spatula to scoop the peanut butter from the jar.
- Store PLANTER'S Peanut Butter in a cabinet at room temperature for easy blending and measuring.
Storing Peanut Butter Cookies
- As soon as they are cool, place cookies in a tightly closed plastic container or resealable bag. They will stay fresh for several days.
- Planning to send cookies to a loved one? We have some handy Guidelines for Storing, Packing and Mailing Cookies.
- Most cookie recipes freeze well. Sturdy cookies can be gently stacked in freezer-weight resealable bags after they are cooled. For fragile cookies, freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet before placing into bags. Store frozen cookies up to 3 months; thaw at room temperature.