Lori’s Amish Peanut Butter Cookies

Continuing on the theme of recipes from my grandmother’s recipe box, today we have Lori’s Amish Peanut Butter Cookies.

I honestly have no idea why these are “Amish” – I guess Lori got the recipe from an Amish woman somewhere along the way.

First off, the ingredients:

1.5 cups shortening
4 tsp vanilla
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
2 cups sugar
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups brown sugar
3 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, well beaten

There were no instructions on this card, so I just began mixing stuff together. I finally used my grandmother’s old standing mixer, pictured below.

I am guessing it is from the 60’s but don’t really know. It is a heavy beast – that much I do know.

As you can see from the ingredient list above, this recipe is GIANT. It barely all fit in the mixing bowl, and I needed to use my hands at times to prevent all of the batter from overflowing, but it all worked out in the end.

The card then said make loose balls with a tablespoon and flatten them with a sugared cup. Bake @350 for 8-10 minutes. I made mine a little larger and ended up with about 85 cookies. Here are most of them.

These are outstanding and will not last long.

Cross posted at LITGM.

10 thoughts on “Lori’s Amish Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. She has everything, including many German delicacies. Believe it or not we prefer my wife’s meatloaf that she now makes off the top of her head. The baked goods are a good start since they are relatively cheap and easy and I will graduate to the harder main courses in time.

  2. That’s a Kitchen-Aid, from back when they built them to last. Hang on to it.

    Speaking of hanging on to kitchen things – my daughter just inherited a Chambers stove – 1941 model, apparently, and very lightly used. It took the two of us and two neighbors to move it from our back porch into the shed. Eventually, we’ll remodel the kitchen to accommodate it.

  3. Sgt. Mom – pretty sure that this is one of the old ones made by Hobart before they cheapened them up. I have no intention of letting it go.

    J – I think a sriracha vehicle sounds like a good idea. I will get cracking on it.

  4. Oh, good – I had a good friend who had one, gotten as a wedding present in the late 1960s, and she loved it, as it was a rock-solid piece of kitchenware and had never, ever given her any trouble.

  5. Dan, I’m pretty sure that you made “psuedo” Amish peanut butter cookies since you used an electric mixer. But that’s ok if they still taste the same.

    Did they end up hard and crunchy or soft? My Mom used to make some that look just like these and ended up hard and crunchy which I always countered with heavy dunking in milk. Improvise and overcome my friends. I don’t have that recipe so I’ll have to give this one a try.

  6. I believe the Amish use horse-powered mixers. Not a bad way to go but probably out of the question for most apartment dwellers.

    I am guessing the cookies were pretty soft with all that shortening.

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