National Peanut Butter Day!

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!  

Yummy! Creamy or chunky, peanut butter has been an fav American staple for generations.

Fun fact:  A peanut is a bean…not a nut!

Did you know that peanut butter didn’t become a thing until the 20th century? Originally peanut butter was considered animal feed.  How crazy is that?  In time inventions that made planting, cultivating and harvesting the peanut made it easier to view the peanut as a food item.  Peanut butter is a great source of vitamin E, B6, niacin, calcium, potassium and iron.  It’s packed with protein and healthy monounsaturated fat.  I’m not a huge peanut butter fan like my oldest daughter who used to sit down with a jar and a big spoon and just go to town.  I do love some good old fashioned peanut butter cookies though!  Yummy!  Here’s a great recipe for you:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
extra sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Beat together the butter, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Mix in sugars, salt, and baking powder. Gradually mix in the flour. Beat in the eggs. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, and then roll in the sugar. Using a fork to flatten the cookie and make a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven & let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before storing.

Do you have a favorite Peanut Butter recipe?