What Makes a Good Peanut Butter Cookie?

In the same vein as yesterday’s post about pickup trucks, I would like to discuss briefly the attributes of a great Peanut Butter Cookie.

Of primary consideration is the softness or apparent crunchiness of any cookie, be it chocolate chip, peanut butter or otaed-meal.  I admit my partiality toward soft cookies instead of tough ones, the kind that are so crunchy that a single bite makes a crumb-splosion all over the kitchen table.  Name the cookie variety and I will always choose soft over crunchy.  This is especially true of Peanut Butter cookies.

Of next consideration is the additive to the PB cookie.  Chocolate chips?  Perhaps, but only if the cookie is thick.  Peanut chunks?  No thanks; I have intentionally chosen peanuts that have been “buttered”, so why would I go back?  I would guess that a majority of people are at least open if not favorable to peanut-butter chips, which look like chocolate chips but are most certainly not chocolate-ish.  Again, I would hope that the main ingredient — peanut butter — would suffice for all the peanut butter flavoring needs of a cookie.

There is one caveat that I must mention: the incredible addition of a Hersey’s Kiss atop the cookie.  This is the way to go every single time.  If you have the means, I advise you to go for it.  Please note that this is different from chocolate chips mixed in with the cookie — this is a separation until the moment of mouth.

Next comes the size, both circumference and girth.  While the mention of these terms may bring about blogsearch results that I’m not looking for, I will say that the cookie should be about the width of my hand and the thickness of, say, a cassette tape.   This thickness assures that there will be just a bit of soft as well as avoiding the public shame of having to take 2 or 3 cookies at a time.

Last but certainly not least is the mark of the cookie.  Many people put little fork-marks on the tops of peanut butter cookies, which I have appreciated every time.  The topping of sugar, which falls awesomely into the “gutters” only makes it better.

I just made some Peanut Butter cookies.  Based on my own review stated above, here’s where I went wrong:

  1. I forgot to make the criss-cross pattern.
  2. I neglected to put any chocolate on top, as we are out.
  3. They are too thin, not nearly enough to have a vat of uncooked dough hiding inside.
  4. They fall apart, which is bad for me but, apparently, is good for the cat who often eats off of the floor.  We have 3 children.

I’m thinking of mixing a cookie in with a glass of milk, as if eating the milk and cookie concoction of the Astronauts.  It sounds gross, but let’s remember that these are the people who brought us Tang.

C is for cookie.

That’s good enough for me.

About radamdavidson

I'm a husband, dad, and pastor living in Portage, Michigan. I suppose I'm a euphoric melancholy generalist with average skills, experiences, and passions across several intertwined disciplines and hobbies including music, speaking, writing, leadership, ministry, and collecting cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at www.radamdavidson.com, subscribe to my podcast (RadCast) or friend me on facebook.com/radamdavidson. about.me/radamdavidson
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