Peanut Butter Cookies & A Few Giggles


Children have such a natural joy within them. Just being around them you can see it constantly bubbling to the surface in smiles and giggles and silly jokes. Sometimes they burst into spontaneous song about My little ponies, what they had for breakfast, or nothing at all. Makes me smile just to think about it. The joy of a child is entirely unhindered.

They keep us young, but mostly they remind us that the very same joy they have is still present in us. Its just that over the years it gets buried beneath responsibilities and concerns, all the seriousness of life that draws our attention away from that little bubbling well where giggles are born. When was the last time you burst into song or giggled with a friend? Some folks have a natural ability to bring this out in us and chances are you have someone like that in your life. I hope you read this and think of them, call them up, and set a date to get together and regress really soon.

Just in case you don’t have that option, I hope you’ll enjoy the giggles i’m going to share in this post today and then add a few of your own. Because, for a lot of us today, you are going to be the friend that makes us giggle.

This is a recipe that I’ve wanted to bring you for a while. I’ve been making these for close to ten years now and though I’ve tried other peanut butter cookie recipes, I always come back to this as my standard – my husband’s all time favorite. I like to make a big batch of them if we’re going on a weekend trip to do double duty as filling snacks and treats for whoever it is we’re visiting with. I hope you get to give them a try and if you have any little people in your life, invite them to bake these with you because kids make everything taste better.

Now to start us off, I found the following little joke and couldn’t help but laugh – thought you’d enjoy it, too!

A little boy decided to surprise his grandmother and make her a cup of coffee. He was so proud as he brought it to her in bed and although it was quite possibly the worst cup of coffee she’d ever had, she raved on and on about it. Beaming with pride, he waited patiently for her to drink it all, giving her no choice but to force it down. Once she reached the bottom she was surprised to find two little green army men in the bottom of her cup.

“Honey, why are your little army men in the bottom of my cup?”

He replied, “You know grandma, it’s like on TV. ‘The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup’.”

You’ll need: Shortening, all purpose flour,white sugar, eggs, brown sugar, peanut butter, baking soda, flour, and a little white pony with pink  hair*.

*Katy added that last ingredient, it is entirely optional.

In this post I’m going to be making a double batch but I’m showing you the ingredients here for a single recipe. If you get to wondering why there appears to be twice as much in the rest of the photos, that’s because I don’t know the last time I made a single batch of cookies. I’ll make a single batch when I run out of folks who like treats.

I’m gonna do a tutorial on my canisters soon, I promise!

So what we’re gonna do is dump everything  except the flour into a large bowl, or in my case my old trusty red dishpan.

Mix that up really well with an electric mixer – unless you have massively muscled arms. I’ll be using a mixer…

I added my eggs, honest. They were just a little camera shy. Eggs are like that sometimes but its a little secret only food bloggers know about. See? You’re in the circle of trust now…

Patient: “Doc, you have to help me. Some days I think I’m Mickey Mouse, some days I think I’m Donald Duck”

Doctor: “How long have you had these Disney spells?”

Remember that you forgot your vanilla..

(that sentence is a bit strange but work with me here)

Add in flour, mix again.

I ran five miles today. Finally, I had to say, “OK Lady, here’s your purse back.”

Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Katy asked me the other day “Mama, I think I might be a doctor when I grow up, but can I still be a Mama, too?” I assured her that a lot of people are Mamas and other things as well. With that fear assuaged she moved on to the next, which was apparently much more pressing judging by the look of anxiety on her face when she asked “But whose going to help get me dressed in the mornings?”

Your dough will be a little crumbly looking like this. Use a cookie scoop or just your hands and make balls that are about an inch and a half in size and place on cookie sheets about two inches apart.

Now y’all know I don’t care for kitchen gadgets all that much and normally I’d say “Why use a dough scoop when your hands work perfectly well?” but after making three and four hundred peanut butter balls at at time, I’m a believer in the dough scoop. I actually own two of them because Katy likes to help and my kids really love peanut butter balls!

I read a book on helium once. I couldn’t put it down!

Take a bowl and put a little extra granulated sugar in it.

Here is where most folks just use a fork but if you have a potato masher like I do, it works like a charm. Dip it in sugar…

Boy Scouts from the city were on a camping trip. The mosquitoes were so fierce, the boys had to hide under their blankets to avoid being bitten. One of them saw some lightning bugs and said to his friend, “We might as well give up. They are coming after us with flashlights.”

and mash down slightly on a dough ball..

Then dip in sugar again

This one reminds me of my longtime friend, Michael, so I couldn’t resist…

Father: I hear you skipped school to play football
Son: No I didn’t, and I have the fish to prove it!

and repeat, continuing to dip in sugar in between each one.

You don’t want to completely smoosh them, just mash them down a bit to get a nice criss cross design.

You can also do this with a long tined fork, mash one way and turn your fork and mash the second.

Remove them from cookie sheet and place on cooling racks or just a plate (or clean countertop) to cool. Eat at least one warm though!

Eat one with a glass of milk and see if you can giggle enough to shoot milk out your nose ~grins~

Hey, we all gotta have goals in life.

Do you have any cute or silly jokes to share?

How about something your kids (or grandkids) said that just tickled you?

We’d love for you to share below! *

* G rated/Family Friendly only, please

Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 3 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 Cup brown sugar (dark or light, I prefer dark)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (I use the fake stuff)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup smooth peanut butter
  1. In large bowl, place all ingredients except flour.
  2. Mix until smooth and creamy with electric mixer.
  3. Add flour and mix until well combined. Dough will look a little crumbly.
  4. Form or scoop into balls about an inch and a half in diameter (can make them really big if you prefer).
  5. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  6. Dip a fork or potato masher into sugar and press into each cookie to form a criss cross design.
  7. Bake at 350 for ten to fifteen minutes, until lightly browned around the edges.
*You can also add in a cup of peanut butter chips if you like!

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”

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    • Diane says

      I make a lot of p.butter cookies for my adult gr.kid s so I have them when they come around, I had a good neighbor friend (passed 7-8 years ago,and me as a new bride just moving into the neighborhood, she made delishious pb. cookies, her “secret”ingred. from her mother was just a “lil” bit of bacon grease, OH what a difference, they were so GOOD!..nice and flaky with just a hint of bacon, YUM! I do that now love it! I am going to try that with this recipe. :o)

  1. Amy says

    My 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter were arguing about who was going to take a shower first. I said to my son, “Trav, you know that ladies always go first!” and he said, “Nuh-uh! In the bible- man came first!” LOL that was so funny!

  2. Barbara Gray says

    Hi Christy: I enjoy your personality so much.
    Do you have any recipes with no eggs? I have an allergic grandaughter and I would love to cook something with her.
    I love your cold press coffee.
    Keep your recipes coming, it’s so much fun to relate to someone even over the internet about something one enjoys. Your children are so cute too.
    I enjoyed my children when they were that age. You are fortunate to get to stay home with them, even though you are busy.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, even your mom.

  3. Annarose says

    My husband is my best friend and we burst into song and giggle on a daily basis! I feel lucky :o) As for the recipe, I’m going to have to make these soon! I adore peanut butter cookies but most recipes don’t have enough peanut butter for me. My feeling on PB cookies is that if you’re going to make them, you should go all the way! I like your idea of using a potato masher. My potato masher is shaped differently, but I like to use a whisk like this to squish down my peanut butter cookies: It ends up giving them a spiral on top. Quite pretty.

    • says

      Girrrrl, you fit right in here because I am all about being cheap! I often substitute margarine for shortening and it works out just fine 99% of the time. If you do it and it ever doesn’t work out, just make sure you blame it on the wind, government, or some type of alien like paranorml-ish activity :). Other than that, go for it!

  4. Cheryl Estes says

    My sister was a single parent when her girls were young. While watching a Dodge truck commercial one day, her youngest asked her mom if they could buy a new Dodge truck. Her mom replied “We can’t afford a Dogde”. Alyssa replied, “Not a Ford (afford), a Dodge!” So funny!

  5. Kim says

    Now I’m craving peanut butter cookies! My favorite joke that makes me laugh every time, is a knock knock joke. It goes like this:
    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Interrupting cow.
    Interrupting …then before they can finish it, you say “MOO!”

  6. Shanna says

    I have tried several of your recipes with such great results! We are loving the peanut butter bars! I have made them 5a times since you posted this! My 3house kids just love them!

    Anyway, here is our joke: Where do bees go to potty? A BP station! Haha

  7. Marcie McFarland says

    Made these with my two best baking assistants (my 10 and 4 year old)
    My college sophomore and high school sophomore are too busy to bake with me these days. Can’t wait to taste our creation.

    Here is my joke:
    If athletes get athletes foot what do astronauts get?

    Mistletoe :)

  8. Philippa says

    Hello, Tina – – Here are some possible reasons you had that problem: If you dipped your measuring cup into the flour, that can pack it down and give you too much flour. Try using a spoon to scoop the flour into your measuring cup, then use the back of a butter knife to level the top of the cup. Also, stir the flour gently before scooping. If you have a standing mixer, try using the paddle instead of the whisk. If you have a handheld mixer, it may not be strong enough for this dough, and you’ll have to use a big spoon or spatula instead – – you can even use your hands to mix this. Make sure your shortening is warm enough to mix well. If your kitchen is cold (mine is), pop the shortening into the microwave for just a minute, but don’t let it melt. You can do the same with the peanut butter if you think it needs it. Whole wheat flour may not mix as well as plain white flour. If you use whole wheat, use just a little less, then see if you need to add the whole amount as you mix. I use a mix of white flour and whole wheat pastry flour – – the pastry type is softer and easier to mix. Large eggs work best in recipes. If you use small eggs, you may need to add one more here. They all-natural peanut butter doesn’t work as well as the regular kind. It’s just not made to mix into recipes.
    I hope these ideas help you. Don’t get discouraged, just try again!

  9. Lo says

    Christy you mentioned we can use Peanut Butter chips also the question is do we use both or one or the other. thank you enjoy your recipes.

    A Blessed Easter to you and yours……….lm

  10. Jane M says

    Because of your most recent post regarding Peanut Butter cookies, I checked my recipes and found I had saved it previously. Will be making them sometime this week… now I have a craving. And… I have a joke (applicable during cold weather): Why do you wash elephants in Tide? Because it’s too cold out Tide. :)

  11. Brenda says

    Love your recipes Christy AND reading your post! I, too, love peanut butter cookies and look forward to trying these. My precious granddaughter, Ava Jewell, who is 3, was ‘helping’ me make pb cookies recently. She was sitting on the kitchen counter (because I pretty much let her do whatever she wants at my house :) and helping me stir the cookies, when we got finished, I was rolling the balls and putting them on the cookie sheet, she kept sticking her finger in the bowl and getting a bite of cookie dough. Finally, I said, “Ava stop eating the dough, you’re gonna have a stomach ache.” She just closed her eyes and said, “It’s toe dood!!!” She’s a hoot and I’m so blessed to be her grandmother!!

  12. Sharon N says

    Now you have my mouth watering for peanut butter cookies, going to make these tomorrow. Also, reminded me of a somewhat funny memory. I was at the mall with my son (about 3-4), and he got tired of walking. I picked him up and carried him on my hip, you know, leg in front, leg in back. All of a sudden he said (quite loudly), “owy mommy , your squishing my peanut”.


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