Note To Self…Make A Half Batch Next Time!

Peanut Butter CookiesI was craving sugar, in cookie form. I thought about all the different kinds of cookies and what ingredients I had on hand. I thought, hmmm, I have not made peanut butter cookies in ages. So, peanut butter it was. Now, let me say that I have always made the dough, rolled it into balls, and squished them with a fork. Not this time. I used my handy dandy 2 tsp. scoop to do the job…and then I squished them with a fork. I am so glad I did not roll them out. The recipe card I wrote when I was a teenager stated that it made 3 dozen. Apparently, I used to make bigger cookies. When I finished scooping out all the dough onto the sea of parchment lined pans, I counted 88 cookies. By my calculations that is 7.33 dozen. With that being said, I ate peanut butter cookies every day for every meal for over a week.

I made about 4 dozen plain and then added mini chocolate chips to the rest of the dough. The consensus of the house was the plain tasted better. I guess I was craving chocolate at the time. Who knows. All I can say is when I was finished cooking all the cookies I immediately took a pencil and made a note on the recipe card of the updated amount it made. When I took pictures for this blog, I was trying to find the perfect backdrop to go with the cookies. When I found the multiple numbers, I said this is perfect. Hence, the title of this blog entry.

p.s. I learned a little in writing this blog. I was going to attach a link for the recipe. Because, let’s face it, everything is on the internet these days. I was looking up the name of the book and found out that Bell’s Best 2 was by “Telephone Pioneers of America Mississippi Chapter #36”. I had to call my dad and ask him where he bought the cook book. He informed me that the book was done in Jackson, MS and he said that one of the beekeeper’s wives was selling it, so he bought one. We were talking about how southern cookbooks, especially church cookbooks, have the best recipes. Then I told him that he should make sure that he kept that cookbook. He said, I think that I threw it away. I gasped. Hopefully, he is just kidding.

Peanut Butter_Chocolate Chip CookiesSo, I didn’t find the recipe to link. I am just going to have to type it out. Hopefully, I won’t get sued for posting it. Hopefully, you won’t be turned off by the cup of shortening. Since everyone has an aversion to shortening. The recipe was published in the 80’s. Everyone used shortening back then.


Peanut Butter Cookies
by Bell’s Best 2

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
dash of salt

Mix & bake 375° for 10 minutes.
Makes about 3 dozen

I’m sure that the recipe did not say “mix & bake”, but that is what my recipe card said. Sorry, I was a lazy teenager.

First, I mixed the shortening, sugars, and peanut butter together. Secondly, I added the egg and vanilla and barely mixed. Finally, I added the dry ingredients and stopped my Kitchenaid when everything was incorporated. Also, I made 7.3 dozen.

So, there you have it. Peanut Butter Cookies…a lot of them. Enjoy.