The Grand kids, Olivia and Savannah (sitting)

Everyone loves the ingredient we spread on sandwiches, along with its counterpart jelly.  This well known, famous and delicious spread that comes with multiple varieties including chunky, super chunky, smooth and creamy, delights everyone from near and far. Spreading the substance between crackers, on celery, with apples or drizzled atop ice cream, anything with peanut butter is known to be scrumptious. Of  course, people admire this ingredient most when used in a cookie.   That’s right: this friday, June 12, celebrates National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.

Stemming from 1916, George Washington Carver was a well-known teacher on the subject of agriculture. Gathering roughly 105 recipes from different sources, he promoted 105 ways to eat the edible substance: the peanut. Among the many recipes were three that included crushed or chopped peanuts. Of course, a peanut butter cookie wouldn’t be great without the famous crisscross, fork punctures on top of them. 

The earliest mention of these fork-marks were found in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1932. While there isn’t any known person, or date, the crisscrosses were created, a recipe  was found instructing the baker to make such marks.   “Press each one down with a fork, first one way and then the other, so they look like squares on waffles,” says Wikipedia.

Though the reason to do this wasn’t stated, it was assumed such punctures would allow the cookie to cook evenly.

Pillsbury used the crisscrossed method using the Peanut Butter Balls recipe in the 1933 edition of Pillsbury’s Balanced Recipes.

Of course, the best recipe used is in Phenomenal Fudge’s Peanut Butter Fudge recipe. We created this one to melt-in-your-mouth and be oh-so-delicious for your taste buds. Like all of our flavors though, we would never disappoint you. We aim for perfection with every flavor. Bet you can’t have just one!