Although it’s probably the least useful in terms of survival (or at the very least, simple day-to-day functioning), smell is probably my favorite of the five senses. I love the smell of freshly sawed wood, vanilla beans, and horse stables (that would be hay, and yes, horse poop). I love the smell of a bakery from the street, a good men’s cologne, and the pavement when it’s just started to rain. Campfires and lavender. Cinnamon buns and gas stations. I could go on for a while.
The one that got me started making this list was peanut butter cookies. While the rain carries on outside, the oven has warmed the apartment and filled it with the smell of peanut butter. It was even more noticeable after I dragged the dog out for a walk (he isn’t a real dog; he hates getting wet) and came back in. I’m in love with this smell – and these cookies.
Peanut Butter Cookies
Half cup butter (I’m vegan; I used Earth Balance; you know the drill)
Quarter cup vegetable shortening
Three quarters cup peanut butter (creamy, chunky, or whatever you’re into)
Half cup granulated sugar
Half cup brown sugar
One egg (or egg replacer)
One cup white pastry flour
Half cup white spelt flour
Half teaspoon baking powder
Half teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream the butters and sugars. Mix in the egg. Stir in everything else.
Scoop out spoonfuls and roll into balls. Place on a greased or lined baking sheet. Flatten with a fork.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. I like to let mine sit overnight before digging in, for a chewier cookie.