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Best Peanut Butter Cookies

RecipeBoy.com (shared from Cookies for Kids' Cancer Best Bake Sale Cookbook)
Otherwise known as Prince Liam's Peanut Butter Cookies- the very best! This recipe pays tribute to Liam, who lost his life due to pediatric cancer.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup natural-style peanut butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • additional sugar for fork criss-crossing


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place the shortening, sugars, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl. Use an electric hand mixer to beat these ingredients on medium speed, scraping the sides of the bowl, until all is well-combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and beat on low speed until well-combined (1 to 2 minutes). Don't over-mix.
  • Scoop up a tablespoon of the cookie dough and use your hands to roll it into a ball. Dip the tines of a fork into sugar and press down on each ball of cookie dough, forming a criss-cross pattern on top. Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough, and place the cookies about 1½-inches apart on the cookie sheets.
  • Bake until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool and eat!
Keyword cookies, peanut butter