by Ellen Irving


My mother was not a baker.  I don’t ever remember seeing her with a kitchen utensil other than a stir stick to mix a martini. My mother, however, was a great grocery shopper. She bought all the best Brand-named foods going;  Swanson TV dinners, Post cereals, Sara Lee cakes and Mr. Christie Oreo and chocolate chip cookies. 

There was one major problem to this processed food eater’s dream. I loved homemade cookies. My best friend, who lived around the corner, never got store bought cookies, her mother made homemade peanut butter cookies. Now do you see where this is going? My best friend would come to my house and eat my mother’s store bought cookies and I would go to her house and delight in sampling her mom's peanut butter cookies that were stored in a cookie tin, lined with wax paper.

When the Lunch-Bags were deciding on cookies to include in a ‘Classic Cookie’ box I called Auntie Kay for her recipe. To recreate my childhood excitement, we wrap them in wax paper.

Auntie Kay’s Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

½ cup butter or shortening

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 beaten egg

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup peanut butter

1 cup +plus 2 tbsp flour

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

Spoon onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes