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Jennifer Asks:

August 01, 2012
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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?

- Jennifer


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.

Happy baking!

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I have a recipe for Peanut Butter cookies that are so soft and moist. They come out of the oven that way and stay like that.I'd be happy to share it if you'd like.

Posted August 08, 2012 by Nancy