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My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Old fashioned peanut butter cookies

In my latest video I share my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. I learned the recipe from the Ledbetter family who lived in Cades Cove before it became part of the Smoky Mountain National Park.

I found the recipe in the cookbooks “Recipes, Remedies & Rumors.”

Back in 2004 Matt and I gifted Granny the cookbooks for Christmas. They’re the kind of cookbook I love! Besides all the tried and true recipes, there’s photos, history, and stories.

Several years back Granny gave the cookbooks back to me and I’ve been using them ever since.

The cookbooks can be purchased from the Cades Cove Preservation Association. Go here for the peanut butter cookie recipe. ​

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    Ron Stephens
    April 19, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Peanut butter cookies are my favorite cookie. I like mine dark and crunchy. Sharon likes her pale and soft. Every now and then she makes up a batch of dough and cooks them little by little over a week or so. Hard to beat with some cold milk. I also like them plain, without M&Ms or chocolate chips or anything like that.

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      Carolyn K. Brown
      September 30, 2021 at 11:10 am

      Tipper, I made your peanut butter cookies yesterday and they were a big hit with my husband! Whoop pi!!! I am pre diabetic so I tried only one and it was GOOD! Thanks for showing us how to make them and many other things!

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    Wanda Devers
    April 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    I love peanut butter cookies! My best friend loves Cades cove so I’m thinking the cook book might be a good present for her.

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    April 19, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Tipper they look scrumptious!!! Peanut Butter Cookies was the favorite cookie for my husband. I like them too and I am going to try your recipe because I like the fact that you can put the dough in the fridge for a couple days. That is a big time saver if you want to have fresh out of the oven cookies for someone. Hope you all have a wonderful hike – at least we know you won’t be hungry:]

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    Ray Presley
    April 19, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Good Lord, Tipper…You’ve done it again. I had to go looking for some store-bought peanut butter “logs” Only two left, but they tasted good, though I’m sure not as good as the ones you made. Those old recipes are absolutely the best. BTW, the only Cades Cove I know is in Tennessee, around Lafollette. Where is the one that you and Jim were talking about?

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    Sallie the apple doll lady
    April 19, 2021 at 11:51 am

    My husband’s favorite cookie from childhood is a similar recipe. He loves peanut butter anything. His mother spoiled him by never using mixes. But I prefer that too. Recently he found a delicious chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe I am sure he will share. I have some of those kinds of cookbooks and the history is as interesting to me as the recipes. Thank you for sharing and thanks also to your daughters for their performance on the virtual Ga Mt Storytelling event. They were a great addition.

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    Jim Casada
    April 19, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Tipper–Is this the two-volume set, running to a total of over 600 pages, which was compiled by the Cades Cove Preservation Society? I’m assuming it is, since you say “cookbooks.” I own the set and would agree it’s a dandy, Many of the recipes come from the families of folks who lived in that piece of paradise known as Cades Cove before the creation of the Park, and they lived a truly special existence. Thanks to ample limestone and an unusual amount of level ground, this was one of the most productive places in the Smokies. For anyone who is interested, one of the best books on Cades Cove is by the late Durwood Dunn.
    Jim Casada

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      April 19, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Jim-yep that’s the set 🙂

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    Margie G
    April 19, 2021 at 8:32 am

    You all travel safely on your journey! I hope you have a wonderful time on your visit. The PB cookies look great! You know I can almost smell them. I have a Skippy PB cookbook cookie recipe that’s a good one and yours is quite a lot like it. The people of yesteryear were hardworking, self determined, honest, god fearing folk and it was evident in every moment of their lives. They weren’t entitled, lazy, selfish or godless and mean. They didn’t take handouts or government assistance in exchange for silence or complacency. Just saying. Have a great day all!!! Let’s rejoice in the Lord this day!!!

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    Miss Cindy
    April 19, 2021 at 7:34 am

    I’ll be by today to have a taste these cookies, they have that melt in your mouth look about them. I watched the video last night on youtube….I mean, how many people make homemade cookies…Tipper you are a real treasure and I bet those cookies are too!

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