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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
Nicole Spiridakis for NPR /

For true peanut butter addicts, you may add even more peanut butter. These would be nice with a bit of melted chocolate on top — either milk or bittersweet — or even a light smear of jam. I like to add a sprinkle of sea salt just before putting in the oven to contrast with the cookies' innate sweetness.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter, plus a few tablespoons

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

Sprinkle of sugar or sea salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease two baking sheets with vegetable oil.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder and set aside. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour mixture, blending well. Shape mixture into 3/4-inch balls and place on greased baking sheets.

Flatten each cookie with the tines of a fork, sprinkle with coarse sugar or sea salt if desired., and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.

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