Friday, December 6, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Treats Day 5: Peanut Butter Cookies

     Can I just say that my Dad is a saint?  Every Christmas that I've been doing the 12 Days for you guys, my Dad gets a phone call at the last minute from his frazzled daughter begging him to look through Mom's old cookbooks and recipe box for weird cookies he doesn't even remember eating half the time.  The recipe box never seems to have anything in it I'm looking for and the cookbooks have terrible tables of contents with mislabeled page numbers.  One even has a recipe title listed in the index that isn't actually in the book at all.  This cookie, though, everybody remembers because it's delicious.  I have modified it a bit from its 1965 beginnings to reflect my preferences (butter instead of shortening, etc), but it's still a delicious cookie your friends and family will love.

12 Days of Christmas Treats Day 5: Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie 
From Better Homes New Cookbook 
by Meredith Press 1965
Yield: almost 6 dozen
1 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 C peanut butter
2 C sifted flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Cream butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.  Add peanut butter.  Sift dry ingredients together, stir in.  Drop by rounded spoonfulls, make a criss-cross pattern on the top of each cookie with floured fork.  Bake at 350° for 10 min.

These are crispy and crunchity and peanut buttery and you will like them.

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