Grandma Bennett’s Peanut Butter Cookies


Grandma is sitting in the center on the couch. Connie is sitting on the floor to Grandma’s right. My mom is standing at the back, with her hand near Grandma’s neck.

Today’s cookies are special to me.

They were requested by a friend (thank you, Dee), and the recipe I used came from my Grandma (who died before I was born). I got the recipe from my cousin, Connie, who submitted it for inclusion in the first of two Bennett family cookbooks.  I’ve made the cookies approximately a zillion times, and, although they’re extremely simple, I’ve not always made them well.  Even so, I always think warmly of my family when I smell peanut butter cookies, so these are a joy to make.

I hope you’ll love them (the cookies and the people).  If you know the people in my family, I’m sure you already love them.   If you try today’s cookies, I also hope they will remind you of someone good.

Grandma Bennett’s Recipe

1 C. white sugar
1 C. butter
1 egg
2 C. flour
1 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix and drop and press with sugared fork.  Bake at 350 degrees until light brown.



Okay, but you say you want them to be “peanut blossoms,”  a little taller, and more sparkly than Grandma Bennett’s (like “dew-moistened flowers” in a Norbert Rosing image, maybe) and filled in the center with wonderful dollops from Chocolate Town?

Here’s what you do:  Swap half of the butter for a 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening, be a smidge generous with the soda, and roll them into balls and then into a bowl of sugar (instead of dropping them and criss-cross squashing them with a sugary fork, production-line style like Grandma). Immediately after baking, remove the cookies from the pan to a cooling rack and place a perfect unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss (they’re all perfect, by the way) in the center of each cookie.  Let cool.


And… come and get ’em.

4 Comments on “Grandma Bennett’s Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. How fun to see this. Thanks, my little cousin, Barb. Your blog is going on my “favorites”.


  2. Excellent! Thanks, Candy. Feel free to send me new recipes and/or suggestions for future posts. Developing this little blog has been a lot of fun for me, but it’ll be more fun if it starts a few conversations.


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