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Cookie of the Week: Buttery, Sweet & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

YUM! This recipes makes a lot of cookies – perfect for a bake sale or a party. Follow baking time exactly to get the chewy texture.

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2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp kosher salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 cup extra-crunchy peanut butter

2 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup dry-roasted salted peanuts, ground to resemble bread crumbs

Adjust oven rack to low center position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl.

In bowl of electric mixer or by hand, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes with electric mixer, stopping to scrape down bowl as necessary. Beat in peanut butter until fully incorporated, then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Gently stir dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture. Add ground peanuts; stir gently until just incorporated.

Working with 2 tablespoons dough at a time, roll into large balls, placing them 2 inches apart on a parchment-covered cookie sheet. Press each dough ball with back of dinner fork dipped in cold water to make crisscross design.

Bake until cookies are puffed and slightly brown along edges, but not top, 10 to 12 minutes (they will not look fully baked). Cool cookies on cookie sheet until set, about 4 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

(Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated)

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