I don't even like peanut butter cookies, but these babies tested my will. As I vacuum sealed them, acutely aware of the Pavlovian effect occurring inside my mouth, I had to remind myself of the happiness they would bring to The Staff Sergeant. I only had one but it was memorable enough to warrant the need to share this (whole grain) recipe, along with my minor alterations.
Peanut Butter Chews
1 c. smooth peanut butter
1/2 c. packed dark brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 lg. egg
1/4 c. water
2 T. honey
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts, finely ground in a food processor (I used 1/2 c. steel cut oats intsead)
added: 12 oz. bag peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. LIghtly grease 3 baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
Cream PB, sugars, egg, water, honey, vanilla, baking soda and salt in a med. bowl, beating until smooth. Add flour and peanuts (or oats), beating until well combined. The dough will be very stiff; an electric stand mixer is the best bet here.
Drop the dough by Tbsp's onto baking sheets. Press the top of each cookie with a fork, flattening to about 1/2 inch thick. Dip fork in cold water if it starts to stick.
Bake cookies, reversing the pans midway through (top to bottom, bottom to top), until they're very lightly browned, 11 to 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.