Best Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Using Shortening

I remember back in the day when my grandmother bought huge containers of shortening for all her “baking and frying needs.” (Then we used them for berry picking when they were empty.)

Using shortening in baking gives cookies a little different texture: lighter, fluffier with a crispier exterior.

Antique shortening pail
  • Shortening has a higher melting point than butter, so cookie dough spreads less creating a fluffier cookie (unless you chill the butter dough before baking)
  • Shortening is 100% fat (where butter is around 80% fat and 20% water), so there is no increase in gluten production during baking which makes cookies more tender
  • Shortening is now being made without trans fats

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Shortening in this recipe makes lighter, fluffier, crispier cookies.

  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ c packed brown sugar
  • ½ c shortening
  • ½ c peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ c flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F

  2. Mix sugars, shortening, peanut butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl on high speed until smooth and fluffy.

  3. Stir together in separate bowl flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

  4. Gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until blended.

  5. Shape into ¾” balls and place 2″ apart on cookie sheet. Press peanut into center of each ball, flattening it slightly.

  6. Bake until set but not hard, with outer edge slightly browned, about 10 minutes.

  7. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes (won’t be as crumbly) then transfer to rack to cool completely.

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