QI have a peanut butter cookie recipe that tastes good but the cookies are hard and I want them to be soft. Do you have ideas or a better recipe?
Homemade peanut butter cookies tend to be a crisper variety. Three tips from the Test Kitchen might help:
- First, measure your flour carefully. Use a spoon to lightly scoop flour into your measuring cup, and level the cup with a straight edge to ensure it's not packed too tightly. Too much flour makes cookies hard.
- Second, mix in the dry ingredients just until moistened. Overmixing develops the gluten in the flour and makes for a tough, hard cookie.
- Third, beware of overbaking. Cookies continue to set as they cool, so take them out according to the recipe time. If you already do that, try baking them a minute or two less.
If none of these tips help, try another recipe! Peanut Butter, Cherry & Oatmeal Cookies are loaded with dried fruit and oatmeal, which makes a softer, chewy cookie. Or, try Apple of My Eye Cookies—a fun roll-out cookie that is soft and delicious. If you love chocolate, try Divine Moments—this cookie is soft because it contains very little flour.