There is nothing better than a good classic peanut butter cookie. I always loved to make these when I was young and not much has changed. You can add chocolate chips or nuts and even oatmeal to this recipe but I always just prefer them plain.....simple and delicous!
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus a small bowl of extra sugar for finishing cookies)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl cream together softened butter and peanut butter. Beat in both sugars until light, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until incorporated evenly. Add salt, baking soda and flour and beat until just combined.
On a prepared cookie sheet (lined and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) Roll dough into small balls and place 1/2 inch apart. Using the back of a fork first dipped in water and then dipped in granulated sugar, gently flatten each dough ball and make a crosshatch pattern. (press fork down in one direction and then lift up. Then press fork down in other direction across the lines to make pattern).
Bake for 10 minutes until cookies are slightly browned on edges. Let cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Enjoy!