In Search of Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009


Found ’em: Cooking for Engineers Peanut Butter Cookies.  But let’s start this story at the beginning.  Today I had a crazy, ridiculous peanut butter cookie craving.  I can’t even remember the last time I made peanut butter cookies.   I set out to find a great recipe and headed to all the usual places:  Food Network, AllRecipes, RecipeZaar.  No luck.  None of their recipes stood apart with stellar ratings.  And I came across a lot of recipes using only three ingredients:  peanut butter, sugar and butter.  I’m not sure how that could make anything but gooey globs of peanut-buttery stuff.


So then I decided to break out a tried and true cookbook, the Joy of Cooking.  How could I go wrong with that?  I post fewer recipes from hard-copy cookbooks because it’s a pain to type the whole thing out and attribute it.  So I googled the Joy of Cooking peanut butter recipe to see if I’d luck out and find another blogger who’d posted it.  Well, I did, but it wasn’t what I expected.  I found a site called Cooking for Engineers, and I expect it will be a good resource for my cooking for a long time to come.   Cooking for Engineers provides tons of minute detail and technical tips with their recipes.  They did a “recipe test” on the Joy of Cooking’s peanut butter cookie recipe and it didn’t turn out well.  No, not at all.  The recipe was found to be “cakey, bland and not well-received by… coworkers.”  That told me enough.  The Joy of Cooking recipe was very involved and I wasn’t going to waste my time with it.


Cooking for Engineers to the rescue again — they posted their own step by step recipe for peanut butter cookies and it looked fantastic.  Like a normal peanut butter cookie recipe, not a three-ingredient wonder!  So to conclude this long, long story, let me say the cookies met and even exceeded expectations.  They were just what I was looking for — a little crispy on the outside, a little chewy on the inside, great sweet peanut butter flavor with just a touch of saltiness.  I followed the recipe exactly and it worked.  How about that!  And these were the first cookies I made on my Williams-Sonoma commercial-quality baking sheets.  They were great — the cookies baked evenly, no burning on the bottom.


Now, maybe Cooking for Engineers can help me stop setting off the smoke alarm.  It happened again today, and Fred the Dog went berserk again.  Had to open the outside door, again.  Nothing like watching heat waves escape from your home into the -5 degree afternoon.  But we did end up with great peanut butter cookies!  Bon appetit!

Reader's Comments

  1. fluconazole 200mg canada buy diflucan 200mg online cheap order viagra 50mg online cheap

  2. I and my friends ended up looking through the nice guides found on your web page then unexpectedly I got a horrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the website owner for those techniques. Those men came for that reason stimulated to study them and already have without a doubt been using those things. Thank you for getting quite thoughtful and then for going for varieties of magnificent ideas most people are really desirous to learn about. Our own honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.

  3. I actually wanted to compose a quick message to be able to say thanks to you for all the pleasant techniques you are posting here. My time intensive internet research has now been rewarded with beneficial insight to write about with my contacts. I would mention that many of us website visitors are very endowed to dwell in a wonderful network with so many lovely professionals with beneficial secrets. I feel extremely blessed to have used the webpages and look forward to plenty of more enjoyable moments reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

  4. norton secure vpn

  5. kim komando best vpn

  6. best vpn for xbox one

  7. best vpn service lifehacker
    best free vpn for laptop
    vpn router buy

  8. free vpn download for windows

  9. free vpn for torrenting

  10. tadalafil cost sildenafil pills 200mg sildenafil for sale

  11. best free vpn windows

  12. online gambling for real money
    best casino welcome bonus
    usa online casinos

  13. I simply had to thank you so much once again. I do not know the things that I could possibly have worked on without those creative ideas documented by you on such topic. It had been a real daunting situation for me, nevertheless viewing a new specialised way you managed the issue took me to cry for fulfillment. I am just grateful for the work and even sincerely hope you realize what a great job you were undertaking teaching most people by way of your webblog. I’m certain you haven’t encountered any of us.

  14. My husband and i were now cheerful Peter managed to complete his reports via the ideas he got through the web page. It’s not at all simplistic to simply choose to be giving away guidelines that some other people might have been making money from. And we also grasp we have the writer to appreciate for this. The specific explanations you have made, the easy site menu, the friendships your site give support to instill – it’s all extraordinary, and it’s helping our son and our family reason why the theme is awesome, which is certainly unbelievably mandatory. Thanks for all!

  15. Thanks so much for giving everyone an exceptionally terrific opportunity to read from this site. It can be very sweet and as well , full of amusement for me personally and my office friends to search your website more than three times in a week to study the latest guides you will have. And of course, I’m at all times satisfied for the unbelievable information served by you. Some 4 tips in this article are undeniably the best I’ve had.

  16. best deposit bonus casino
    best online bingo
    top online casinos

  17. Thank you for all of the efforts on this web site. Debby loves going through investigations and it’s really simple to grasp why. Most of us hear all relating to the lively ways you create useful guidelines via the web blog and in addition recommend contribution from others about this area of interest then our favorite child is actually learning a lot. Have fun with the rest of the year. You have been carrying out a glorious job.

  18. I am just commenting to let you understand of the brilliant experience my princess found browsing your web site. She learned many details, which included what it’s like to possess a marvelous giving character to get folks really easily thoroughly grasp chosen hard to do topics. You truly surpassed readers’ desires. Many thanks for coming up with these invaluable, dependable, explanatory not to mention cool tips on your topic to Janet.

  19. I wish to express my thanks to this writer for bailing me out of such a trouble. As a result of checking through the world-wide-web and finding tips that were not pleasant, I assumed my life was over. Being alive devoid of the answers to the difficulties you’ve sorted out through your article content is a serious case, as well as the ones that could have badly damaged my entire career if I hadn’t encountered your web site. Your good knowledge and kindness in controlling all the details was vital. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t discovered such a step like this. I’m able to at this point relish my future. Thank you very much for the skilled and result oriented help. I won’t hesitate to propose your web page to anyone who needs to have guidance on this issue.

  20. best vpn in the world
    reddit best vpn
    best vpn app

  21. online casino best bonus
    online casino usa
    safe online casino

  22. best vpn for india
    best free vpn for mac
    best vpn protocol

  23. I wanted to draft you that very small note to help give many thanks again just for the remarkable thoughts you’ve documented on this site. It was so extremely generous of people like you to supply unhampered all that most people would’ve advertised for an ebook to make some bucks for their own end, precisely now that you could have done it in case you considered necessary. Those tricks additionally served to be the good way to fully grasp some people have similar dream really like my personal own to figure out somewhat more on the subject of this condition. I think there are some more enjoyable situations ahead for many who view your website.

  24. I have to express my admiration for your generosity in support of those individuals that have the need for help with this important issue. Your special dedication to passing the message all over was wonderfully important and has frequently made ladies just like me to attain their endeavors. Your own important useful information means this much a person like me and additionally to my office colleagues. Regards; from all of us.

  25. vpn best
    free vpn apps
    where to buy vpn

  26. buy cleocin sale rhinocort allergy spray order rhinocort generic

  27. mobile slots
    online us casinos
    casino reviews

  28. proton free vpn
    business vpn internet
    tunnel bear vpn

  29. oral cefuroxime 500mg cialis 20mg canada tadalafil 20mg ca

  30. super vpn free download
    free vpn for pc windows 10
    vpn router buy

  31. best casino site
    online casino usa
    online us casinos

  32. viagra pills 100mg order cialis 10mg pill tadalafil 5mg

  33. free vpn download for windows
    free vpn windows
    super vpn free download

  34. I really like and appreciate your article post.Thanks Again. Great.

  35. purchase stromectol online buy mebendazole 100mg sale retin cream for sale

Leave a Comment