Thursday, July 14, 2011


I was just thinking about peanut butter cookies. There's nothing like a classic chocolate chip, but I do also love a good peanut butter cookie.

I was also thinking about the fork marks you always have in peanut butter cookies. For no real reason, it's just what you do with peanut butter cookies.

Recipes say to roll the dough into balls and gently press it down with a fork. This leaves an indentation from the fork tines. You could theoretically also press it down with a spoon, or your fingers, and it would achieve the same basic end, but no, that's not what you do! You use a fork!

A peanut butter cookie without fork marks would still taste like a peanut butter cookie, but somehow it's just not right.

I am a little more flexible on whether or not you have to press the fork twice, with the second one crosswise to make a crisscross pattern, or if you can stop with one impression. Follow your muse on that.

But don't talk to me about pressing the dough with something besides a fork.


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