When Mike and I were engaged, we were super excited to register for some new home accessories, decor, and kitchen gadgets. One of the items we was a KitchenAid Mixer. Now, I was not a big baker, but I knew this was something you registered for. I felt like every “adult” kitchen had a KitchenAid Mixer in it.
Well, we were lucky and someone bought us our KitchenAid Mixer! After we got all of our shower and wedding gifts, we put them into storage. Mike and I did not want to use our new goodies until we bought a house. Well, two and a half years later, we bought a house and finally unpacked all of our wedding gifts!
I was so exited to place our KitchenAid Mixer on our countertop. We were officially adults! Now, It still took me another 6 months before I actually used the darn thing! Like I said before, I am no baker! I have used my KitchenAid Mixer twice. Once to make Irish Soda Bread and another time to make a lamb cake for Easter (this was a huge success by the way!).
I was thinking, since I have my awesome KitchenAid Mixer (and I’m not so skilled in the baking department), I would challenge myself to start baking, so I started with some peanut butter cookies as a gift to my father-in-law for Father’s Day. Peanut butter cookies are his favorite. I was looking for a recipe for the best peanut butter cookies. I found one that had a TON of positive reviews. This peanut butter cookie recipe sounded amazing, so I decided to give it a try myself.
The recipe itself is SUPER simple. It is made with the most basic ingredients. In an attempt to get fancy, I bought the Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter. I thought this would make my cookies taste much better. Let’s just say, the White Chocolate Wonderful is pretty much out of this world, so the regular stuff had to be just as good. I started by adding my peanut butter (and maybe eating a spoonful just to taste it’s yumminess). I followed with the remaining 5 ingredients that were to be mixed together. As I finished adding the final ingredient to the top of my cookie mound, I realized I had added freakin’ almond extract instead of vanilla extract. STORY.OF.MY.LIFE! Of course it had to be the LAST ingredient! Of course…
I grabbed the bowl off my KitchenAid Mixer and dumped the contents into the garbage. Defeat. I needed a quick drink before I stepped back into the baking arena. This was supposed to be simple, right? Once I was calm and refocused, I began adding my ingredients back into the bowl (nothing like wasting half of a $5 jar of PB!). This go around was much quicker.
After all of my ingredients had been added, I let that puppy mix until my batter was nice and smooth. I’m not sure if I was supposed to let it get that smooth (my assumption is, probably not since my batter was super sticky!). I love that since I have no baking experience whatsoever, I am not judging how long cookie batter needs to mix! However, my workaround was to throw my batter in the fridge for a few minutes so it could solidify a bit before I rolled it into a ball. That actually worked!
The final step of my PB cookie adventure was to push a fork into my dough, forming the signature cross marks we all know. The recipe said you could dip your fork in flour or sugar. My question is: “Who in their right mind would choose a flour option over sugar?” Not this girl! Sugar won that showdown, obviously.
Even though my baking skills were not the strongest out of the gate, I redeemed myself. My PB cookies were Damn good! You MUST try this recipe. It
should be is super easy! I’m not sure if the Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter is what made the difference, or the that fact that I mixed my cookie dough into pancake batter, either way, you should follow my instructions exactly. :)
I made my cookie balls pretty large. My ADD was not going to sit there rolling out a million small cookies.
Since these cookies where for Father’s Day, I placed them in a kraft treat box with some tissue paper.
I then wrapped some baker’s twine around the box so my father-in-law thought he was getting gourmet cookies. It’s all in the presentation, people.