Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line baking sheets.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

Using a handheld mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar just until smooth. (You may be tempted to use your stand mixer. Don't. You'll be less likely to overmix with the handheld mixer.) Add peanut butter and mix just until blended. Add egg and vanilla and mix just until blended.

Gradually add flour mixture, mixing (you guessed it) just until blended.

Using a cookie scoop or your hands, place tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto prepared pans. Using a fork, lightly make a crisscross pattern on the top of each cookie. Be careful not to over-flatten the cookies. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with sugar. (I like to use sanding sugar to give them a little extra sparkle.)

Bake cookies, one pan at a time, 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. (Refrigerate the remainder of dough until ready to bake.) Cool on pan on wire rack for about 5 minutes. Then, transfer from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

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Santa's Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Mrs Claus bakes Peanut Butter Cookies all year round for Santa!  She says that these are by far one  of Santa's favorite cookies to eat.  She was so kind to provide us with the secret Peanut Putter Cookie recipe. 

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 40 Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar + more for sprinkling tops of cookies
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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