Everyone seems to have differing opinions about Valentine’s Day. Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it, and maybe you think its just a day commercialized to increase card and candy sales during an otherwise seasonally depressing time of year. This year we’ve obviously spent a lot of time thinking about Granny, and I can’t help but wonder what she thought of this “holiday.” She was widowed once in her early twenties and again in her early fifties. I can only imagine what that kind of loss can do to someone’s outlook on love. However, Granny was not one to feel sorry for herself, and loved an excuse to bake. So maybe Valentine’s Day was a fun time for her?
Trying to channel Granny, I decided to make some cookies for Valentine’s Day this year. I imagine this is how she got through this particular day when her husbands had passed away: baking something delicious and unhealthy and bringing them in to work to share or sending them to her neighbors, or maybe just eating them herself to feel better about the day. I decided on Peanut Butter Cookies because when I saw the recipe, the phrase “You are the Peanut Butter to my Jelly” popped into my head and I thought that felt appropriate.
This recipe was fun to make. I absolutely LOVE peanut butter and certainly didn’t mind the smell wafting though the house for a few hours. I was also delighted to find that I happened to have pink and purple dusting sugar to top them off, thus keeping them on theme.
- Thank God this recipe makes 6 dozen because I cannot stop eating them. Neither can my husband or new, not-so-temporary houseguest, my big brother. The dog also seems desperate to get her paws on them. I had hoped to send some to work with my husband but at this rate, there won’t be enough left.
- These are a really great cookie to make for the Peanut Butter to your Jelly. And if you don’t have a peanut butter but you do have an extra jar of peanut butter, then make these cookies anyway — for yourself, your friends, co-workers or your neighbors. Maybe Granny realized that this day isn’t just for couples, but for anyone who might also just be in need of a cookie.
- One Final Thought – I want to give a shout out to my friend Katie at True North Studios in Charlotte for taking these great pictures. Check her out on Instagram at @truenorth.studio!
Here is everything I used:
Peanut Butter Cookies
Prep Time: 25 minutes. Total Time: 34 minutes. Yields: 6 dozen
- 2 1/2 c unsifted flour
- 1 c creamy or chunky peanut butter (I used creamy)
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 c margarine
- 1 c sugar
- 1 c firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In large bowl with mixer at medium speed beat margarine, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in sugars until blended, then eggs and vanilla.
- Add flour mixture and beat until well blended. If necessary, chill dough.
- Shape into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with a fork dipped in colored sugar.
- Bake in 350 degree oven until lightly browned (about 10 minutes). Remove from sheets and cool on a rack.