Sesame Peanut Drops

Sesame Peanut Drops

A Recipe from Pillsbury’s BEST 11th Grand National Bake-Off Cookbook (1960)

About the Recipe

Who doesn’t love a peanut butter cookie? And this one is super nutty and delicious with the sesame seeds. YUM! I used crunchy, natural peanut butter for a really savory result. If you like a more crunchy cookie, give it a smash with the fork. If you’re into something more chewy, use a drop method and just leave it be. Either way, these are sure to please any peanut lover’s palate.

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About the book

Another book that was gifted to me, this one had so many great recipes that it was difficult to choose just one! I’m trying for some variety though, so we landed on the cookies. That said, this is for sure one I’ll revisit when all is said and done.

About the glassware

This little Butterprint bowl is one of my favorites! It’s the perfect size for a bowl of cereal or soup, and I use it like that often. One of the few pleasures of being quarantined at the moment is getting to use that bowl on a regular basis. And it wasn’t too shabby for displaying the cookies either!

The Recipe!


1/4 cup sesame seed
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 t soda
1/2 t salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla


Toast sesame seeds at 375*F for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool.

Sift together flour, soda, and salt. Cream together shortening and peanut butter. Gradually add sugar and brown sugar, creaming well. Blend in half of the dry ingredients, then the eggs, then remaining dry ingredients; mix well. Add vanilla and sesame seed.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. If desired, flatten with fork, criss cross fashion. Bake at 375*F for 10-12 minutes.

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