Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s officially my favorite time of the year–FALL! It’s time the for holidays (here’s looking at you, Halloween and Thanksgiving) and comfort food, so you can bet I’ll be spending the next two months cooking up a storm. Well, four months. Let’s throw winter in there, too, seeing as how fall and winter are a pair.

I’m still on a peanut butter high (yup) and since I really liked the way those peanut butter cups turned out, I decided to make peanut butter cookies. I’ve never been a huge fan of pb cookies, but I thought that adding a bit of powdered sugar–the thing that makes peanut butter cups so delicious–might help with that, and I think I had the right idea. Top these cookies with sugar and chocolate, and all is well.

I think I’ll add orange frosting to the next batch and make them Halloween-themed :)!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 cup bread flour
  • 2 tsps sugar, for rolling

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl on low speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Add flours, baking powder, baking salt, and salt to butter/sugar mixture. Beat on low speed until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.
  5. Shape dough into balls and roll into sugar.
  6. Place dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cookies are a light, golden color. If adding Hershey’s kisses, press kiss into the center of the cookie immediately after removing the cookie from the oven.

Dragon Ball Sugar Cookies

I unabashedly love Dragon Ball Z. There’s a Piccolo action figure on my writing desk and a four star dragon ball buried in the basement of my parent’s house (for safe keeping). I grew up on the show, rushing home from school to catch it on Toonami, homework be darned. Geography could wait, but extremely long fight sequences could not, and even now, years later, the thought of Goku powering up brings a smile to my face.

To honor the wonderfulness that is Dragon Ball Z, I decided to make Dragon Ball Sugar Cookies (dragon balls are used to summon a wish-granting dragon). Be warned: much like the series I love, these cookies are a test of patience. There’s a lot of waiting involved (the cookies need to cool) but, just like DBZ, they’re worth the wait. And eating some of the dough helps.

Sugar Cookies:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Beat butter and sugar on low speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined (do NOT over-mix).
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (refrigerate overnight if you can).
  5. After the dough is ready, let it loosen on the countertop for 30 minutes. Lightly flour countertop and roll out the dough into a 1/2 or 1/4 inch thick sheet. Use cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut dough into circular shapes.
  6. Place dough onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Cook at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until cookies have (slightly)browned around the edges. Immediately remove the cookies from the pan to cool for at least 45 minutes.

I used King Arthur Flour’s Simple Cooke Glaze for the top coating. I mixed together red and yellow food coloring gel, adding a few drops at a time until the color was right.

Glazing:

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Ingredients:

  • Glaze
  • Cookies
  • A plastic spoon
  • Toothpicks

Directions:

  1. Scoop a teaspoon-sized drop of glaze onto the plastic spoon and drop the glaze onto the center of a cooled cookie. Using the bottom half of the spoon, make gentle circle motions, smoothing the glaze outward. Use toothpicks to pop any air bubbles that appear in the glaze. Repeat for each cookie.
  2. Once all of the cookies are glazed, set them aside to cool for 2-3 hours. I suggest watching Dragon Ball Z while you wait, preferably the latter half of the Cell Saga (or you could take a nap, whichever).

Wish-granting Stars: 

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Ingredients:

  • One sheet of red, edible decorating paper
  • Pink or light red fine tip edible ink marker
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Piccolo level of focus
  • Water, for dampening

Directions:

  1. Freehand or stencil star shapes onto the edible decorating paper using the marker. Repeat until your wish comes true (or until you have enough stars to fill all of the cookies).
  2. Lightly dampen the glaze of a cookie using the water. Peel back the clear plastic backing of the edible decorating paper and gently place the star on the center of the cookie.

 

All done. Now make a wish.

 

 

 

 

Look, Daddy! Cookies!

Look, Daddy! Cookies!