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Peanut Cookies Recipe

History of Peanut Cookies:

Peanut cookies, also known as peanut butter cookies, have been a popular treat for many years. The origins of peanut cookies can be traced back to the 19th century in the United States, where peanuts were first cultivated and enjoyed by early settlers. Peanut butter, a key ingredient in these cookies, became commercially available in the late 1800s, leading to the creation of various peanut-based recipes.

Fun Fact:
Did you know that peanut butter was initially considered a health food? It was introduced as a protein-rich alternative to meat for people with poor teeth or difficulty chewing. However, its delicious taste quickly attracted people of all ages, making it a versatile ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Peanut Cookies:

Ingredients:
- One pint of roasted peanuts, measured after being shelled
- 2 tablespoonfuls of butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoonfuls of milk
- 1/4 teaspoonful of salt
- Flour (as needed to make a soft dough)

Instructions:
1. Begin by roasting the peanuts if they aren't already roasted. This can be done by spreading them on a baking sheet and roasting in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Once roasted, allow them to cool before continuing with the recipe.

2. Remove the brown skin from the roasted peanuts by rubbing them between your hands. This step helps improve the texture and appearance of the cookies.

3. Using a food chopper or a food processor, grind the shelled and skinless roasted peanuts until they reach a coarse texture. You can adjust the coarseness based on your preference.

4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

6. Stir in the milk, salt, and the chopped peanuts. Mix until well combined.

7. Gradually add flour to the mixture, using enough to form a soft dough. The exact amount of flour needed may vary based on the moisture content of the peanuts. Start with 2 cups of flour and continue adding until the dough reaches the desired consistency.

8. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

9. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a small cake cutter or a cookie cutter of your choice to cut out cookie shapes. Alternatively, you can shape the dough into small balls and then flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand.

10. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between them to allow for spreading during baking.

11. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until they turn golden brown around the edges. Be sure to rotate the baking sheet halfway through to ensure even baking.

12. Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack. They will firm up as they cool.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Peanut Cookies!

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoy peanut cookies, you might also like to explore other delightful peanut-based recipes. Some popular options include:

1. Peanut Butter Blossoms: These cookies feature a peanut butter dough rolled in sugar and topped with a chocolate candy kiss. They are a perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate flavors.

2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: This recipe combines the classic flavors of peanut butter and chocolate chips in a soft and chewy cookie. The addition of chocolate chips adds a delightful texture and extra burst of sweetness.

3. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies: For a healthier twist, try incorporating oats into the cookie dough. The combination of peanut butter, oats, and a touch of sweetness creates a satisfying and nutritious treat.

4. No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars: If you're looking for an easy, no-bake option, these bars are a great choice. Made with peanut butter, graham crackers, and chocolate, they are a simple yet indulgent dessert.

These are just a few examples of the many incredible recipes you can explore using peanuts or peanut butter. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different flavors and combinations to find your favorite!

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