October Cookie of the Month: Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter History
The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but it wasn’t until the early 1900’s that peanut butter cookies became an American favorite.
In the early 1900’s, botanist and scientist, George Washington Carver produced hundreds of uses for peanuts while searching for an alternative crop to cotton. He promoted the peanut and even produced recipes for peanut butter cookies!
Americans & PB Cookies
In 1932, the Schenectady Gazette published the first recipe calling for crisscrossed fork marks on the top of each cookie. Early recipes were rolled thin and cut into shapes or rolled into balls without the fork marks. Peanut butter dough is dense and the pressing down helps the cookies to bake evenly.
Pillsbury made the use of the fork crisscross popular in the 1930’s. Americans love their peanut butter cookies and in 2010 they ranked as the second most popular cookie!
Did you know?
Georgia produces 49%of the United States peanuts and it’s no surprise Georgians love their peanut butter cookies!
National peanut butter cookie day is June 12th, but everyday is a great day for a peanut butter cookie or five!