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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a large batch of cookies for a party or family gathering. For smaller gatherings, freeze half the cookie dough for another time. The cookies are crunchy and not too sweet.

Make about 4 dozen medium-sized cookies.


  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Place the brown sugar, white sugar, vegetable shortening and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Cream the ingredients on medium until smooth and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add eggs and beat another minute.
  3. Remove bowl from mixer. In a separate bowl whisk together the flours, salt and baking soda. Fold the dry ingredients into the cream mixture until they come together in a dough ball and are well-combined.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Roll dollops of dough, a heaping tablespoon each, into balls. Place on the parchment lined sheet and flatten slightly. Use a fork to make cross-hatch patterns on the cookies. (Flattened cookies should be at least 1/2 inch apart.)
  6. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack and repeat until all dough has been used, or freeze remaining dough in an airtight container.

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