One of my favorite childhood memories is baking peanut butter cookies with my grandmother. She taught me everything I know about baking (and crafting and marrying men who are awesome cooks). But baking peanut butter cookies with grandma was always my favorite activity to share with her growing up. I can still remember her teaching me the infamous “criss cross pattern” for the first time, the tips and tricks to make the pattern come out perfectly – it was my favorite part and they are still my favorite kind of cookie, too.
I made these for Bunco tonight and purposely made them while the kids were awake so my oldest could learn the criss cross technique – I figure at nearly five years old, he’s definitely old enough to be learning these kinds of things and he did a great job! I love the idea of passing these little memories down to my kids, sharing the things I loved as a child so that they can hopefully become treasured memories for them, too, someday.
Times have changed since I was a kid. I have taken up the habit of using baking mixes at least 50 percent of the time and peanut butter cookies in my opinion are a great recipe to use a mix with as I think they come out almost exactly like my grandmother’s from scratch recipe and we don’t have to use up all that peanut butter to make them. As long as you have that criss cross pattern, it’s all good in my book!