My husband is a cookie fiend and his very favorite are peanut butter. I think we've all made the packet mixes and they're not bad if you want some cookies quickly, but I've been searching for a while now for a really good, 'from scratch', peanut butter cookie recipe.
I finally found my starting point: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/587yl4e0/the-worlds-best-peanut-butter-cookies.html Thank you "William III"!
I took this recipe and played with it & played with it and came up with my own rendition:
1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup Jiff Creamy Peanut Butter
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 - 10oz bag Reese's Peanut Butter chips
Additional 1/3-1/2 cup granulated sugar (for rolling)
Cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter together. Add the eggs (one at a time) and the vanilla and mix well. Sift the flour and baking soda together and slowly add to the creamy mixture. Once the dry ingredients are incorporated add in half the bag of peanut butter chips.
Roll into 1 inch balls and then slightly flatten the balls into thick disk shapes. Roll the disks in the additional granulated sugar (top, bottom & sides) and place on cookie sheets about an inch apart.
Bake at 350 for 10 1/2 minutes. This size and cook time will give you 3 Dozen nice, chewy cookies. If you like your cookies crispier, you'll want to cook them for 11-12 minutes and this recipe can easily be doubled for events or sharing!
These are now my husband's favorite cookies and he's quite the Peanut Butter cookie connoisseur!