Peanut Butter Cookies 3 ways… plus some nutty fun facts.

Peanut Butter Cookies hot out of the oven!

So I was making peanut butter cookies and we got into a discussion as to make the cross hatching or not! Which of course my tendency to lateral thinking made me ask….. How did that trend even begin? Apparently some people think that there might be religious undertones good? Evil? Now a lot of people have allergies to nuts this would be an easy way for people to identify the fact that they contain peanuts. Sounds logical. We made them both ways to see if there was a baking reason to do or not to do it. In the end the flavor was the same and though some sources said that if you didn’t mash them down by hatching that they would crumble apart after baking. That didn’t happen so………… what to do? We decided to go with the hatching to identify them as nutty cookies for those with allergies.

 

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Filling.

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Cookies with a Cream Cheese Filling. Wait who stole the cross hatches off these cookies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup sugar, white
  • 1/2 cup sugar, brown
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix first 6 ingredients together. Stir in remaining ingredients, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Shape dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet approximately 3″ apart from each other. Place a little sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Press a fork into the cinnamon/sugar mixture then press into cookies in one direction, repeat with cinnamon sugar for in the other direction. Bake 10 minutes and let cool.

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AND NOW FOR SOME FUN PEANUT FACTS FROM THE NATIONAL PEANUT BOARD.

Fun Facts

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  • Peanut butter was first introduced to the USA in 1904 at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner, who sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
  • In 1884, Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec was the first person to patent peanut butter.
  • Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a physician wanting to help patients eat more plant-based protein, patented his procedure for making peanut butter in 1895.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Grand Saline, TX holds the title for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich weighing in at 1,342 pounds. Grand Saline outweighed Oklahoma City’s 900 pounds peanut butter and jelly sandwich in November 2010. Oklahoma City, OK had been the reigning champ since September 7, 2002.
  • Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon.
  • Tom Miller pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak (14,100 feet) using his nose in 4 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 3 seconds.
  • Adrian Finch of Australia holds the Guinness World Record for peanut throwing, launching the lovable legume 111 feet and 10 inches in 1999 to claim the record.
  • As early as 1500 B.C., the Incans of Peru used peanuts as sacrificial offerings and entombed them with their mummies to aid in the spirit life.
  • Americans were first introduced to the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in 1928.
  • Peanut butter was the secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
  • Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  • The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
  • The world’s largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars of the tasty treat every day.
  • Ever wonder where the term “Peanut Gallery” comes from? The term became popular in the late 19th century and referred to the rear or uppermost seats in a theater, which were also the cheapest seats. People seated in such a gallery were able to throw peanuts, a common food at theaters, at those seated below them. It also applied to the first row of seats in a movie theater, for the occupants of those seats could throw peanuts at the stage, stating their displeasure with the performance.