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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies

- Merrill

So, this post is coming a little late in the game. For months now, Amanda has been saying I should write a blog post about all of the cravings I've had over the course of my pregnancy. (For those of you who have been asking, I'm due January 15th, and we're expecting a little girl.) And for months I've resisted.

Perhaps this is because, for the most part, my cravings haven't been all that weird. Sure, for the first few months when I wasn't feeling great, I subsisted on lemonade and pickles, and there was that brief phase where I simply had to stop and get an order of Rickshaw dumplings on my way home from the office most nights (my pre-dinner dinner). But for the most part, I've been enjoying most of the same food I normally eat -- just slightly more of it.

The one thing I have craved pretty much consistently over the past 8 months is cookies. I've always liked cookies of pretty much all sorts, but lately they've become a bit of an obsession -- especially when I can enjoy them with a tall glass of milk. Over the next few weeks, as I approach my due date, I thought I'd share some of my all-time favorite cookie recipes with all of you. I figured the timing couldn't be better with the holidays already upon us, and it's great excuse to revisit some of the cookie recipes from my childhood, which were made with love and dexterity by my wonderful mother.

What I'd really like, though, is for all of you to share your favorite pregnancy craving stories in the comments section below -- and, if you're feeling up to the challenge, add any craving-inspired recipes to FOOD52. Got a great lemonade up your sleeve? Fantastic hot fudge sundae? Something genius using pickles and/or peanut butter? We want to see these creations! And keep in mind, we're always on the hunt for Wildcards... Just sayin'.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not the unsweetened kind)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

See a photo slideshow and the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom

Comments (68)

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9 months ago alexys

this recipe tastes like CRAP I followed all of the instructions and it turned out tasteing like sandpaper so if you ever make this recipe make sure you have a toothbrush and a flag cuz your gonna need it

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almost 2 years ago darksideofthespoon

Congratulations! I just had my first - a little girl, I only specifically craved chinese dumplings. I bought 10 everyday after work for a week, once! Everything else made me sick though, specifically a Mollie Katzen recipe that I LOVED before baby... The recipe for Enchanted Broccoli Forest, which I added miso gravy to. Literally made me throw up just thinking about it! :(

Anyways, I have a feeling my husband is going to be thrilled dessert is made, tonight. He loves peanut butter ;) And cookies. Perhaps more than most pregnant ladies.

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almost 2 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Congratulations Merril, and best wishes! With my only son I had a one time craving - oranges! I sat under an orange tree and ate over 20 oranges, just couldn't stop! How weird!!

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almost 2 years ago Jestei

this recipe is so simple and yet so divine. freezes great. if they make it into the freezer. we woofed them down.

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almost 2 years ago EmilyK

Did you freeze the dough or the finished cookies?

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over 2 years ago Mountain Mama

With my daughter I detested meat, especially chicken throughout the entire pregnancy. I craved fruit salads and cinnamon rolls, and then there was the Oreo cookie ice cream incident.

With my son, I CRAVED meat, I needed meat, I'd grind my teeth as I hunted like a mad lion for a good steak to sink my teeth into.

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over 2 years ago 4lexis

I have never had a child, but I can share my Aunt's craving: Pine-sol. And not any ole pine-scented cleaner. It had to be the real thing. To the point that she wanted to drink it! She never did, of course, but you would think she was smelling the most delicious fragrance it the world when she opened that bottle.

My favorite, all-time cookie has got to be peanut-butter/oatmeal. Something abou that texture. WOW! Talk about cravings!

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over 2 years ago ctgal

And congratulations too Merrill!! I got sidetracked by the thought of those cookies!

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over 2 years ago ctgal

I adore peanut butter cookies, always have and always will! I started with the Joy of Cooking recipe also, when I was in high school, have tried others and always go back. I adopted my daughter, so no pregnancy cravings. Still, when walking out and about with her whe she was 6 weeks old, and people would stop me to ask me how old little Hannah was and then would tell me that I looked fantastic!! And I said, "Thank you!". But the best part of all was that I got a little girl that HATED peanut butter! So the cookies were all for me!! (Or the worst part?)

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over 2 years ago SaraO

#1 - Grapefruit, by the BAG. Standing over the sink to eat them, peeling them, squeezing them, experimenting with every possible way to get every last drop of juice and bit of flesh out of them. Picked up a 10-lb bag the week after he was born and poof, the craving was gone . . . every last one of them rotted.
#2 - Nothing notable.
#3 - Absolutely any fruit, as long as there was lots of it. Had no interest in sweets, which normally is my go-to craving.

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over 2 years ago shoopee

BEER! That's by far my strongest craving this time around (#2). But that's probably just because I love good beer and can't drink it right now.

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over 2 years ago justcook

I have to put my two cents in about peanut butter cookies. My all time favorite peanut butter cookie recipe is from "Joy of Cooking". I always use crunchy, organic, salted p-nut butter from Trader Joe's. I'm convinced this is the best p-nut butter for cookies (they have creamy too). And I add chocolate chips - super yummy.
Now to cravings. My first pregnancy I had a bunch of aversions during first half and then basically ate what I normally eat. My second pregnancy I didn't have many cravings or aversions. The one thing that was weird during both pregnancies was that I had an aversion to my husbands breath...not all the time, but often enough. I had us both convinced that he had a tooth abscess, but he never did. And once the babies arrived, his breath was as sweet as ever!!
Enjoy these last few weeks Merrill, your life is about to change in so many wonderful ways.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

sorry about the multiple comments. Don't know what happened.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. I'd bake one every Sunday, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one piece each day. This went on for months. YUM! Gotta get out that recipe one of these days. Hope it all goes well for you.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. I'd bake one every Sunday, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one piece each day. This went on for months. YUM! Gotta get out that recipe one of these days. Hope it all goes well for you.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. I'd bake one every Sunday, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one piece each day. This went on for months. YUM! Gotta get out that recipe one of these days. Hope it all goes well for you.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. I'd bake one every Sunday, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one piece each day. This went on for months. YUM! Gotta get out that recipe one of these days. Hope it all goes well for you.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. On Sunday I made one, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one each day for about 4-5 months. YUM. I can taste it now and wish I had some. Have to dig out my recipe.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. On Sunday I made one, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one each day for about 4-5 months. YUM. I can taste it now and wish I had some. Have to dig out my recipe.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. On Sunday I made one, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one each day for about 4-5 months. YUM. I can taste it now and wish I had some. Have to dig out my recipe.

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over 2 years ago RonnieVFein

Love peanut butter cookies! But when I was pregnant the first time I NEEDED Banana Cream Pie. On Sunday I made one, cut it into 7 wedges and ate one each day for about 4-5 months. YUM. I can taste it now and wish I had some. Have to dig out my recipe.