Thursday, August 14, 2014

Memaw's Peanut Butter Cookies


I have many memories of my great grandmother.  Some of the memories I wasn't even around for and some of them leave me confused. Most often Memaw is described as a "character".  I'm not sure if this word is Kentucky specific or not but we use it a lot.  There are some fascinating, hilarious stories that are told of this lady that had a heart of gold.  She taught me how to knit, not very well though.  No one could come close the creations this amazing woman made from yarn.  Baby blankets, booties, hats--they were all beautiful and made with love.   Memaw was never afraid to speak her mind.  She would tell you exactly what she thought about every situation whether you wanted to hear it or not.  Even though she has been gone for several years, I can still hear her voice.

For most of my life, Memaw lived in an assisted living wing of a nursing home.  My cousins, sister and I would spend the afternoons racing on the patio.  She would always start us off with "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go!" On rainy days we would find a random wheelchair and race down the hallways and she would always give us change to get a coke out of the machine upstairs.  She would feed us apples dipped in sugar--yes, dipped in sugar and she always had hard candy laying around for us to get hopped up on.  

I'm not sure why I remember peanut butter cookies when I think of her.  No one else seems to have even a vague memory of this.  I don't even particularly like peanut butter flavored food but one night last week I HAD to have some.  Isn't it strange when you get a craving for something you really don't love? Luckily, these are the easiest cookies you will EVER make.  Ever.  I promise. 

The absolute worst thing about making anything with peanut butter is that is sticks to everything and it's just a pain to clean up.  I'm gonna let you in on a little tip.  Non-stick spray.  Spray it on the rubber scrapper/spatula AND the measuring cup.  Easy as pie--er, cookies.  Whatever.



Memaw's Peanut Butter Cookies

Yields about 36 cookies

Ingredients

2 cups peanut butter
2 cups sugar plus more for decoration
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium bowl combine peanut butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  

Roll dough into a one inch ball and place on a cookie sheet.  Flatten with a fork and sprinkle with the extra sugar.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.  Enjoy!

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