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Magic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Magic Peanut Butter Cookies

Cook Time 30 minutes

Are these golden, fragrant, chewy cookies magic because they have no flour or butter in them? Or magic because of the way they disappear? You decide.

by Catherine Newman

What you'll need

  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky -- not natural-style)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt -- more salt if your peanut butter is unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


Yield: 3 dozen

How to make it

  1. Heat the oven to 350, and grease 2 baking sheets or cover them in parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat together the peanut butter, sugars, and salt until combined well.
  3. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg and vanilla, then beat it into the peanut butter mixture with the baking soda until combined well.
  4. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time in the middle of the oven until they're puffed and golden, about 7 minutes.
  5. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to racks to cool completely.