June 12 – National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

As you undoubtedly are aware, today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Throughout the years on this blog, I have posted many paeans to peanut butter, and have also told you how we are a divided household, with creamy for me and crunchy for Jim. And, just as Dave Barry said in his amusing book, How to Become a Successful Writer Without Really Trying:

“There is basically nothing in my kitchen that I have not, at one time or another . . . smeared peanut butter on. I include pot holders in that statement.”

The National Peanut Board says it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter, so yes, I kind of feel guilty for all the peanuts I personally decimate.

On my Pinterest Board for recipes, many of the recipes you will see include either chocolate, peanut butter, or both. (Viz: Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake, Monkey Peanut Butter Bars, Crock Pot Peanut Butter Cup Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake, and so on.) (Just to fake people out, most of my other recipes involve quinoa.)

Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake

Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake

According to ABC News, the peanut butter cookie was invented in the 1910′s, when George Washington Carver of Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute published a peanut cookbook in an effort to promote the crop.  The cookbook titled How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption included several recipes for cookies that called for chopped peanuts.  Peanut butter was added to the cookies 20 years later along with the fork marks that are associated with the cookie today.

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What will I be making to celebrate this holiday? I’m thinking Peanut Butter Cookie with Toffee and Chocolate Chips. The recipe, from Back For Seconds Blog, is here:

• 3/4 cups unsalted butter (softened)
• 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 3/4 cups brown sugar (packed)
• 1 egg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
• 1 cup toffee bits


Preheat oven to 350
In a mixing bowl cream the butter, peanut butter, oil, and sugars.
Add egg and salt and mix again.
Add baking soda and flour gradually until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Stir in chips and toffee.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet 2″ apart.
Bake 6 minutes.
Cool on wire racks and store in an airtight container.

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Happy Peanut Butter Cookie Day!!


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15 Responses to June 12 – National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

  1. jama says:

    *smacks lips* We are a somewhat divided household — we both like creamy PB, but I’m the only one who likes PB cookies. . .

  2. My pantry always contains BOTH smooth and crunchy peanut butter 😉

  3. BermudaOnion says:

    I wish I’d known before – I’ve got a pound cake in the oven.

  4. litandlife says:

    Oh golly, I’ve got peanut butter chocolate chip cookies chilling in the fridge right now, almost ready to bake but now I’m really wishing I had toffee pieces!

  5. Amy @ My Friend Amy says:

    I was not aware, but now I am, thank you!!! ❤ peanut butter

  6. Beth F says:

    Yummmmm — miss peanut butter.

  7. Stefanie says:

    How could I have missed this day? I am going to have to go make up for it right now!

  8. stacybuckeye says:

    Thanks a lot! It’s almost 11 and I am seriously considering making cookies!

  9. jmcguin7 says:

    Sounds good esp the toffee bits.

  10. I’m not a big peanut butter fan, but my husband and son would both the cake and cookies!

  11. I love peanut butter and chocolate (and toffee too!) and I will be pinning your recipe.

  12. Do you know… I’ve never tasted one – I don’t even have peanut butter in the house! Cheers

  13. Cecelia says:

    Well, dang. I don’t use peanut butter for anything but cookies, but I do love a good PB cookie! So salty/sweet! Must make some soon!

  14. Janel says:

    Mmm…those look yummy. I’ve been on a peanut butter kick over the last couple days. Guess I was celebrating the “holiday” subconsciously. 😉

  15. I love peanut butter – how did I not know about national peanut better cookie day?!! I’m definitely a “crunchy” sound of girl, and I’m loving the sound of these cookies complete with chocolate and toffee chips.

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