Peanut Butter Cookies

My coworkers keep giving me a hard time because I never bring in baked goods.  Sorry that I’m usually spending my cooking time for dinner to feed MYSELF and not you people, but alas, I decided tomorrow was as good a day as any for peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp peanut butter (chunky or smooth will work)

Preheat your oven to 350 deg F.  Line your cookie sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.

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Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.

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Beat on high until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, add the egg and continue to beat on medium speed until incorporated.

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Add the peanut butter and mix on medium/low speed until combined.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

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Dinner Lab Austin – North Korean

Dinner Lab (http://www.dinnerlab.com/) is a concept that is brand new to Austin and only  exists here and in New Orleans.  It’s a membership-only dining experience that showcases up-and-coming and relative unknown chefs by letting them cook a multi-course meal in an off-the-beaten path type of setting.

I first heard about Dinner Lab from my friend Jen (who by the way has now bought a shaker for her apartment) who got wind of it from living in New Orleans.  I took barely a glance and their website before I was PayPal-ing the $100 annual membership fee and had signed up for the inaugural dinner.  The theme was “North Korean” with food by Chef Jae Jung who currently cooks in New Orelans.  The location of dinner wasn’t released until the night before the event and as my friend Kelly and I pulled up to the specified address we were a little confused:  Delta Lumber Millworks, a wood shop and lumber mill on East 5th Street.

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