We can all thank George Washington Carver, Alabama’s American agricultural educator, for National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. He was well known for his promotion of the peanut, and compiled over 105 peanut recipes in the early 1900s. Promoting peanuts due to the dwindling cotton crops (thanks to the damage done to them by the boll weevil), he included three cookie recipes in his compilation.
In the early days of the peanut butter cookie, the dough was rolled thin and cut into shapes. They were also dropped and made into balls. The traditional criss-crossed fork marks in peanut butter cookies didn’t happen until the recipe appeared in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1st, 1932. This criss-cross pattern on peanut butter cookies was popularized by Pillsbury in their 1933 edition of Pillsbury Balanced Recipes. No formal reason was given for the pattern in peanut butter cookies, as opposed to other cookies, but it’s been found, since the dough is rather dense, the use of a fork to criss-cross the balls ensures even baking.
Whether you enjoy your peanut butter cookies with a cold glass of milk, or a cup of hot tea, make sure to enjoy one (or five) today.
I’ve included a recipe for my family’s favourite peanut butter cookies (and yes, we love the criss-cross marks!)
Do you enjoy peanut butter cookies? What are some of your other favourite types of cookies?