A peanut butter cookie is a flat, crunchy cookie made with peanut butter as the main ingredient.

Peanut Butter Cookie


What is a Peanut Butter Cookie?

A peanut butter cookie is a flat, crunchy cookie made with peanut butter as the main ingredient. It is characterized by a strong peanut flavor, crumbly texture, and typical surface fork marks.1

Two types of peanut butter cookies are:

  • Soft
  • Chunky

Origin

The first documented recipe for peanut butter cookies was in the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Earlier versions were either ball-shaped or thinly-rolled pieces. The fork criss-cross marks were popularized later by the Pillsbury Co. to flatten the dense shape of earlier versions.

Today, peanut butter cookies are consumed in the US and Canada.1

Ingredients

Commonly used ingredients in peanut butter cookies: 2

Ingredient Type1 Usage level (Baker’s percent) 1 Function2
Peanut Butter Creamy or crunchy 139%
  • Provides peanut flavor
  • Imparts  tenderness, mouthfeel, and unique textures
Flour Low protein flour (All- purpose wheat flour) 100%
  • Provides low gluten network structure
  • Imparts color, a result of  Maillard’s browning reaction
Fat Butter, margarine, shortening 63%
  • Imparts tenderness, lubrication and mouthfeel
  • Aids in air incorporation during creaming
  • Provides a rich buttery flavor
Sugar Granulated white or brown sugar or their combination 56% of each type
  • Provides sweetness and Maillard browning flavor
  • Aids in the creaming of fats
  • Contributes to cookie spread
  • Chewiness (coarse sugar granules) or crispness ( fine sugar)
Flavor Vanilla liquid essence 2.8%
  • Adds vanilla flavor/enhances other flavors and aromas
Leavening Baking powder 1.7%
  • Leavener

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