Tomorrow, June 12, is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Did you know that on July 1, 1932, the Schenectady Gazette published the first peanut butter cookie recipe that called for crisscrossed fork marks on the top? The Peanut Butter Cookies recipe said "Shape into balls and after placing them on the cookie sheet, press each one down with a fork, first one way and then the other, so they look like squares on waffles." Pillsbury, one of the large flour producers, popularized the use of the fork in the 1930s. Today, a peanut butter cookie just wouldn't be quite right without this iconic decoration.
Jif® pays tribute to National Peanut Butter Cookie Day with an irresistible cookie. So you don’t have to dig out grandma’s favorite recipe for peanut butter cookies when Jif® has created this totally delicious recipe, including the legendary fork marks.
Jif® Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
- 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 375°F. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls two inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
- Bake one baking sheet at a time for 7 to 8 minutes, or until cookies are set and just beginning to brown. Cool two minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.
Some historical facts about peanut butter that you might not know. The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900s. In 1916, George Washington Carver was the most prominent promoter of the peanut (in lieu of cotton) and began promoting the peanut and its many uses. As part of the campaign, he published three peanut butter cookie recipes in a research bulletin entitled, “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption.” To see Carver’s many recipes using peanuts, from peanut consommé to peanut macaroni and cheese, jump here.
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