Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Don't we all need a bit of simplicity in our lives?  I don't know how you're feeling on this hump day, but I am currently stuck in the middle of final projects and internship hours before a much-awaited winter vacation. Here is a sweet treat that emulates simplicity from ingredient list to cook time. Set aside 20 minutes of baking therapy this week and make yourself a batch of peanut butter heaven!
classic peanut butter cookies

Makes approximately 30 cookies

1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup additional to roll cookies
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with Pam.
2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg to mixture. Mix in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Stir in salt, baking soda and flour until well combined. 
3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and then roll in a small bowl of remaining sugar. Place on baking sheet 2 inches apart and flatten with a fork in an "x" formation. Bake for 12 minutes.

adapted from food network