Peanut Butter Cookies

Adapted from Joy of Cooking
Yield: 3 dozen cookies

2 1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup icing sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine oil, peanut butter, butter, icing sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl. Beat on medium speed until very fluffy and well blended.
  3. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture until well blended and smooth.
  6. Let the dough stand for about 5 minutes to firm slightly.
  7. Pull of pieces of the dough and roll between your palms in to generous 1-inch balls. The dough will be fairly soft.
  8. Place cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Using the tines of a fork, form a crosshatch pattern and press each ball into a 1.5-inch round.
  10. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are light golden brown at the edges.