I inherited the book ‘The Joy of Cooking’ by Irma Rombauer from my mother who in turn had inherited it from her mother. The book was first published in the USA in 1931 and my copy is the 1952 edition.
I have never made anything from it, but have read bits and pieces and use it more as a reference book. I am however rather emotionally attached to it. It makes me feel like I have a little piece of my mom on my bookshelf.
I have also fairly recently fallen in deep like with peanut butter and developed a really nice peanut butter shortbread recipe a while ago. Peanut butter and biscuits are a perfect marriage.
I looked the recipe up in my copy and found it had been ‘starred’ by my mom, which created added excitement.
I wrote the recipe down and left off the 1/2 a cup of brown sugar erroneously so mine were not too sweet, but they baked up perfectly though.
This is what you need to make and the recipe comes directly from my edition of The Joy of Cooking
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup butter (113g)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
how to make:
- preheat the oven to 180 C (375 F)
- beat the butter and sugar together until creamy
- add the egg and beat some more
- add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and beat
- sift the flour, baking soda and salt and add to the batter
- mix briefly until the dough comes together
- roll the dough into small balls about 1 inch (3 cm’s), place on a lined baking sheet and press down with a fork (in one direction as I did, or in two directions to get a criss-cross effect)
- bake for about 10 to 15 minutes until a light golden brown
- remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack
These really are just perfect peanut butter cookies and terribly easy to make. Next time I may add some extra chopped up roasted peanuts to give a bit more crunch.
Based on this success, I’m keen to check out and try out more recipes from ‘The Joy of Cooking’.
*NB – read all the comments below before trying these out. There are people who have not had success with this recipe and others that absolutely love it. I do not know why. This is the recipe I took off the Joy of Baking website at the time. This recipe has been removed from that site subsequently.
The recipe above is now the original recipe exactly from the book and I have re-tested these based on this recipe. They came out really well.