Serious question: who creates food holidays?
What better way to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day than peanut butter cookies? Well, Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Cookies. I am obsessed with these cookies. They are a lot different than your average peanut butter cookie. Usually peanut butter cookies are a bit thinner and chewier, but these cookies were puffy and almost cake-like. The added cream cheese provides plenty of moistness [I really hate that word] and there is plenty of peanut butter flavor going on here. These are simple, but delicious and even though they're a bit plain, they are incredibly addicting. I loved these and couldn't stop eating them!
Miss in the Kitchen)
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sugar, for rolling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter together until smooth. Add sugar, brown sugar and vanilla beating until incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined. Add flour and baking soda and mix until combined.
Add 1/3 cup sugar to a shallow bowl. Scoop cookie dough into rounds and roll in the sugar. Place on baking sheets about 2" apart. Flatten cookie dough with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are just starting to brown around the edges. Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheets and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container. YIELD: 2-3 dozen cookies