Pretty As A Picture / Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

This mystery novel takes place on the film set of a true crime movie that is plagued by an escalating series of accidents. The main character, Marissa, is a film editor with an uncanny attention to detail that makes her great at her job as well as great at picking up unseen clues related to the original murder that the movie she is making is based on as well as the unexplained accidents that keep plaguing the cast and crew.

Marissa is a great main character who is clever, sarcastic, and socially awkward. Her flaws aren’t seen as something that she needs to fix, but rather something that gives her a different perspective that allows her to see things other people miss.

In honor of Marissa’s preference for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I made Smitten Kitchen’s amazing 5 ingredient Salted Peanut Butter Cookies.

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups smooth peanut butter
  • Coarse-grained sea salt, to finish


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the light brown sugar and eggs until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then the peanut butter until smooth and completely incorporated; you shouldn’t be able to see any ribbons of peanut butter.

Chill the dough by freezing it in its bowl for 15 minutes before scooping it. Scoop or spoon the dough into balls. Place on prepared pan.

Sprinkle the dough balls lightly with coarse-grained sea salt just before baking. Bake smaller cookies for 14 to 15 minutes and larger for 18 to 20. When finished, cookies should be golden at edges. They’ll need to set on the sheet for a minute or two before they can be lifted intact to a cooling sheet.

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