Peanut Butter Cookies.

While I was making these, I started wondering why peanut butter cookies always have the crisscross pattern of the fork tines? I understand the need to press the cookie dough since it is rather stiff for a cookie dough, but why use a fork? Because it makes it look like a waffle! According to the infamous Wikipedia:

The first reference to the famous criss-cross marks created with fork tines was published in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1932. The Peanut Butter Cookies recipe said “Shape into balls and after placing them on the cookie sheet, press each one down with a fork, first one way and then the other, so they look like squares on waffles.”

Pillsbury, one of the large flour producers, popularized the use of the fork in the 1930’s. The Peanut Butter Balls recipe in the 1933 edition of Pillsbury‘s Balanced Recipes instructed the cook to press the cookies using fork tines. The 1932 or 1933 recipes do not explain why this advice is given, though: peanut butter cookie dough is dense, and without being pressed, it will not cook evenly. Using a fork to press the dough is a convenience; bakers can also use a cookie shovel.

Wait… a cookie shovel? What the heck is a cookie shovel? Apparently it is a very large spatula and can be used for picking up multiple cookies at once! Who knew there was such a thing?

I used this recently posted recipe from Homesick Texan, and it’s a pretty traditional recipe. Also, I didn’t let these brown at all, in fact I was a little worried I had not baked them enough but I let them cool on the pans and they stayed nice and soft and a little chewy after they cooled completely. So good!


2 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cookies.

    1. lmdudley says:

      I know right!! Made me laugh out loud when I read the Wikipedia entry! And it will be dual use for pancakes too! Thanks for the comment! 😉 Lisa

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