Using a hand held electric beater or if you prefer a wooden spoon (the wooden spoon just takes a bit longer) beat the following ingredients together:
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
125g butter or margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sticky brown sugar
If you don't have sticky brown sugar then substitue with white sugar. I've done this many times as there is not always money for expensive brown sugar, or it's simply not possible to get to the shop. The biscuits taste pretty much the same.
Still using your beater add:
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 large or extra large egg (no need to beat the egg seperately, just plop it into the bowl)
Grab a spoon and mix in the following:
1 and 1/4 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Okay now you have your cookie dough finished, it usually takes about 6 minutes to do so it's pretty quick. Tip it out of the mixing bowl and wrap the dough in plasic cling wrap. Put it in the fridge to stiffen up a bit for 30 minutes.
This gives you 30 minutes in which to clear up the ingredients, and hopefully sit down with a cup of coffee!
Then take your dough out of the fridge and place balls of it, I usually do walnut sized, onto a baking tray. Press down with a fork either dipped in flour or my personal favourite, sugar. I know, so unhealthy, but oh so yummy!Now if you want crispy cookies push down quite hard making a thin biscuit. If you want chewy peanut butter biscuits then push down lightly, thicker peanut butter cookies are more chewy when baked.
Bake in a pre-heated moderate oven, at about 180C or 360F. They'll stay in for about 8 - 12 minutes, just keep checking them. Everyone's oven is different.So times vary. You're looking for a biscuit that is slightly brown along the edges.
Once they come out of the oven put them on a wire rack straight away to cool.I usually get about 36 biscuits out of this recipe.
Allow them to cool, and then go wild! They are absolutely divine!