This recipe for peanut butter cookies is one of the best I’ve tried, and it’s been passed down to me from my mom, who got it from her grandmother. She called her Grandmommy (which my kids also call my mom) so these beloved cookies have taken on the name of “Grandmommy’s Cookies”.
The cookies are crunchy on the edges and creamy in the middle. When you top them with a sprinkle of brown sugar, they melt in your mouth.
I originally shared this recipe and story over at The Crafty Blog Stalker last month, but wanted to make sure to share it here on Just a Little Creativity as well. I just know you’ll love it.
These small cookies make delicious bite sized dessert with a glass of milk on the side. It’s summer, so get the kids in the kitchen to help you whip up a batch. I bet you already have all the ingredients you need in your pantry right now.
My parents live just down the road from us, and my kids are blessed to have been able to grow up with at least one set of grandparents close by. The other day, my mom was at my house and we were discussing recipes, baking, and cookies. My seven year old overheard us and said “Grandmommy, can you make us our favorite peanut butter cookies? You know, the ones your Grandmommy made for you when you were little”
The funny thing is, until then I didn’t even know her cookie recipe came from her grandmother. It’s a conversation I suppose she and I never had, but that my son and her had talked about one evening when he was gushing over how good the cookies were.
It turns out this recipe is in fact one that was passed down through the generations, although it’s been adjusted and tweaked a bit here and there over the years.
I’m not sure when my great-grandmother started baking these. Did she make them for her own children first? Did she learn from her mother or grandmother? Was it simple enough that it was created during the Depression Era, or it was even earlier than that? I wish I knew the story.
But, I have a hunch that all of our Grandmommys probably have a very similar version of these peanut butter cookies.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar (you could also use 1/2 cup Truvia baking blend sugar substitute)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Sprinkle of brown sugar
Mix all ingredients well in mixing bowl.
Refrigerate dough for 10-15 minutes.
Lay parchment paper on baking sheet and roll dough into 1 tbsp balls.
Gently press to flatten (you can even be fancy and use a fork to make line on the top)
Sprinkle brown sugar on top of each cookie.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, cookies will still look soft when they come out of the oven, but they will set with no problem.
Let cool before serving.
Enjoy with a glass of milk on the side.
Use a tablespoon like an ice-cream scooper in the dough for the perfect size cookie balls.
Flatten with a spoon and sprinkle with brown sugar.
I never got to meet my great-grandmother. But I know that from now on when I’m baking her cookies, a little part of me feels just a bit closer to her memory, and I hope that one day my kids will say that it reminds them of their own Grandmommy too.
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do.
How about you, do you have any recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the other?
What are some of the recipes you’d like to pass down to your own children?