June 12th is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. The peanut butter cookie is an American favorite. This sweet and salty treat with the distinctive fork marks date back to 1916. The invasive Boll Weevil had begun destroying the cotton crops. This left many farmers desperate for a new cash crop. That’s when a young entrepreneur started promoting a new crop. The peanut.

This is George Washington Carver. He saw the peanut as a viable replacement for cotton crops. George released an agricultural bulletin called How To Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption. This included the first known peanut butter cookie recipe. He figured if people knew the wonders of the peanut they would jump on the bandwagon

George would go on national tours touting the advantages of this new crop.

George Washington Carver was able to turn the fortunes of the American farmer with this nutty crusade. Eventually the peanut butter cookie became America’s favorite cookie and George was its spokesperson and a star in the cookie world

Do you enjoy a peanut butter cookie?