This week, my family and I are taking a trip to Wyoming for a family vacation. It’s been almost three months since I’ve see my parents and almost four years since I’ve been back out West. My best friend, Laura, and her boyfriend are with us, too.
I couldn’t be more excited for this late summer vacation and opportunity to spend time with family and relax. The last four months have been crazy and it feels good to enjoy the beauty of nature and be close to those I love. When packing for this trip, I wanted to make sure we planned comforting and enjoyable meals. Our days are busy fishing, hiking and laughing. When I asked my husband what he wanted me to prepare before we left, he simply mentioned Peanut Butter Cookies.
This isn’t a recipe I make often. In fact, it’s one I’ve only made a few times in my life.My Grandma is the true expert when it comes to these cookies. They are her masterpiece and for some reason, the ones she always makes taste better than any batch I’ve ever cooked. Unfortunately, she won’t be joining us on this adventure but it seemed fitting that I make these for my husband, and in her honor before we headed out West.
This recipe is truly from the 1950’s, as you can see from the photo I posted below. She wrote this down a few years before my mother was born, when she was either visiting or living in Wyoming. I actually don’t know the history or origin of this recipe and should have asked before writing this post but I figured I would share it anyway since it’s something that’s near and dear to my heart.
^^^This is a really fancy photo my mom took of the original recipe, last time she was visiting my Grandma^^^
As I wrote about earlier this month, one of the reasons I write about food is because of the way it brings people together. These cookies do just that, and I hope they can do the same for you.
Grandma’s 1950’s Peanut Butter Cookies
½-1 cup peanut butter
½ cup shortening
1 ½ cup of flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To Make Peanut Butter Cookies
Preheat oven to 375 °.
Mix all ingredients together until creamy.
Place silpat on baking sheet or spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, scoop dough and form into ball. Place dough balls on baking sheet. Using two forks, make a cross-hatch to form and x-like impression into the dough.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes or longer before removing from pan.
Keep dough refrigerated in between batches. The warmer the dough, the hard it is to work with.
Remove cookies from baking sheet and place on cooling rack to cool further.
Eat and Enjoy!