Peanut Butter "Comfort" Cookies
Having spent most of the last 24 hours fending off a pandemic-induced panic attack, I needed a reason to turn on the oven, but I knew it was no time to tackle anything new or complicated. The situation called for peanut butter cookies, baked from the simplest recipe imaginable:
1 c smooth peanut butter
1 c sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp baking soda
Pre-heat the oven to 350. Mix everything together. Roll tablespoons of dough into small balls, place on a cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake 15 minutes, rotating halfway through.
Because these cookies don't really change color it's tempting to overcook them, but resist; they go from done to burnt very quickly. Just out of the oven they're as fragile as a fresh sandcastle. You can leave them on the sheet to cool and firm up, but if you need the sheet for the next batch, let them cool slightly, then grip each cookie with three fingers (like a radio dial), wiggle gently until it lets go, and transfer to a rack or plate.
I felt much better once the cookies came out of the oven; after all, when the room smells like peanut butter and hot sugar, it's hard not to breathe deeply.