I ran this post a couple of years ago, but this recipe is an old standby at my house. I cannot resist a warm peanut butter cookie!
Mmmmm. My house smells like warm cookies. Is there a better aroma than that at Christmas time? I just finished making Peanut Butter Crisscross Cookies. This recipe is easy enough to make with your children.
When my boys were young, we spent many hours in the kitchen together. (It's a great way to teach math skills.) I have so many wonderful memories of turning on holiday music, cracking eggs, measuring flour, stirring, molding, tasting... ah, the wonders of Christmas cookie baking! So pull out the bowls and measuring cups. It's time to bake some cookies.
Peanut Butter Crisscross Cookies
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup vegetable shortening
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 375º.
Mix together the peanut butter, shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar. Add the egg and stir until well incorporated. Add in the dry ingredients.
Roll dough into ¾ inch balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Press a fork into each cookie, flattening slightly, to make a crisscross pattern.
Bake for approximately 9 minutes. Let cookies cool for a few minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies:
Make dough as above and roll into balls. Press thumb deeply into each cookie and bake for 9-10 minutes. Fill thumbprint indentations with your favorite jam or jelly.
Do you cook and bake with your kids? What's your favorite type of Christmas cookie?