National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 12 is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Did you know peanut butter cookies are a recent invention? The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900s.

The first person to really promote the use of peanuts for human consumption was George Washington Carver. In 1916, he published a paper called “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption,” which had three recipes for peanut butter cookies. It also has all sort of other peanut recipes for soup (if you’ve never had peanut soup, you are really missing something!), bread, muffins, cake, and all sorts of other things. The paper also extols the uses and health benefits of peanuts. You can find the complete paper on the Web at It’s a fascinating read.

In 1932, the Schenectady Gazette published the first peanut butter cookie recipe that called for crisscrossed fork marks on the top. Today, a peanut butter cookie just wouldn’t be quite right without this iconic decoration!

I love peanut butter cookies, but as a diabetic, I substitute applesauce for much of the sugar in the cookies (and use sugar substitute for the rest), and whole wheat flour for white. I also make my own peanut butter by grinding up peanuts, which takes about five minutes in a food processor, so it is also sugar free. You can find recipes for relatively healthy cookies by looking up “sinless peanut butter cookies” on the Web.

Healthy or not, enjoy a peanut butter cookie on its special day!


I couldn’t find quotes about peanut butter cookies, so here are interspersed quotes about peanut butter, and quotes about cookies.

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.–James A. Garfield

Cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.–Sandra Lee

I make a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich.–Jack Black

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.–Barbara Jordan

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.–Charles M. Schulz

Today me will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant. In which case me will eat a cookie.–The Cookie Monster

Oreos and peanut butter; I like that. And peanut butter and apples, peanut butter and chocolate.–Jacquelyn Jablonski

My grannies would both bake things like shortbreads and cookies. I think whenever I smell those kinds of things it really takes me back to my childhood.–Curtis Stone

We have a rule here: Anything below 36 inches has to be brown or black – the color of chocolate or peanut butter!–Candice Olson

I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? … A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays.–Bobby Flay

I cannot walk past Peanut Butter M&Ms and Oreos.–Horatio Sanz

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.–Unknown

Do you want to make a tamale with peanut butter and jelly? Go Ahead! Somebody will eat it.–Bobby Flay

The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.–Neil Gaiman (American Gods)

Who would guess that a peanut butter and bacon sandwich is so good it will bring tears to your eyes? It does. Add lettuce, and you have a complete meal, with every known daily nutrient needed by the average 200 pound man.–Roger Welsch (Diggin’ In and Piggin’ Out)

Remember, there are cookies waiting here for you.–Dean Koontz (Deeply Odd)

Everyone has the talent to some degree: even making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you know whether it tastes better to you with raspberry jam or grape jelly; on chewy pumpernickel or white toast.–Anna Shapiro (A Feast of Words)

Whatever happened, at least we had cookies.–Diana Rowland (Vengeance of the Demon)

Find nearly 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list, as well as quotation related merchandise, at

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