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Betty Crocker's Peanut Butter Cookies

good ol'Betty...sometimes you just have to refer to that big old Betty Crocker red 3 ring binder that some might consider an eye sore in your beautiful repertoire of cook books.  Pages are missing and out of order, but some how you can always find just what you need.....come on...every kitchen has one, or at least every kitchen SHOULD have one.

last weekend i got  a quiet hint from the cookie monster in the house, "hmmmm.....a simple peanut butter cookie would be nice...".  well, i got the hint.  so off i went looking for the best peanut butter cookie recipe i could find.  there are sooooo many peanut butter cookie recipes out there that i got dizzy looking at them all.  i walked away and almost put off the idea all together....a light bulb went off !...i went to the kitchen and grabbed for Betty.  i knew she would have THE classic recipe and she wouldn't fail or fall short...i was right...


out of her "old school" 3-ring recipe book

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter...i like chunky
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 margarine or butter...softened
1 egg
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour...i used white whole wheat
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

optional...1/2-3/4 cup MILK chocolate chips...LARGE Ghirardelli are great
mix sugars, peanut butter, shortening, margarine and egg.  stir in remaining ingredients.  cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
heat oven to 375 degrees.  shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls...NOTE-i rolled them in sugar YUM! about 3 inches apart on ungreased (or parchment covered) cookie sheet.  flatten in criss cross pattern with fork dipped in flour (or sugar).  bake until lightly brown 9-12 minutes.  cool 2 minutes, remove from cookie sheet...i cooled on rack
makes about 2 1/2 to 3 dozen depending on how big you roll.

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