Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Peanut Butter Easter treat!

Peanut Butter Easter treat!

You can always tell a beloved family recipe by the shape of the recipe book! By the looks of this tattered page one can surmise that we have made these cookies a time or two!  
My mom hand wrote a recipe book for me when I went off to college ( for 3 weeks...that is another story!)
Anyway this is THE most loved and used recipe book in my family!
My siblings and I love this recipe so much we consider peanut butter cookie dough a really great birthday present! If one really wants to truly say I love you- the cookie dough will be rolled into balls ready to go:) 
Yes, we eat cookie dough in this family...I know some of you obey the food police but we would rather risk salmonella than give up our cookie dough. This is all my dads fault. He used to let us have a spoon full of cookie dough when mother wasn't looking:)

this peanut butter dough was triple batch favorite:) 
I thought about letting you read the recipe from the picture and figure out what words were missing but decided I couldn't risk someone having a bad experience with one of our most loved cookies!

Peanut Butter Crisscrosses
1 cup shortening (prefer the butter flavored)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla (I ALWAYS triple vanilla)
2 beaten eggs
1 cup peanut butter (creamy is best!)
3 cups of sifted flour 
2 tsp soda
dash of salt 
Cream shortening, sugars & vanilla. Add eggs. Stir in peanut butter. Mix dry ingredients together and then mix with creamed mixture. Roll into walnut size balls. 
Bake at 375 for 6-7 minutes.

For "Easter Nests"
press your thumb on the ball 
to make a "nest" and add peanut M&Ms
Place your thumb in the middle of the ball and press creating a "nest" 
You can also use small muffin tins for a cookie "basket"

I know there might be a very few of you who don't want M&Ms on your cookies (I personally don't know anyone like this!) However the plain peanut butter cookies are great too.
Making the crisscross was a coveted job of the children:)

One of the things I love most about making cookies is seeing them cooling on the counter. Just for a minute I can admire my creation until they start to disappear!

p.s. By the way, if you forget to put in the white sugar because you are distracted while taking pictures of your cookies and writing your blog post... don't worry the cookies still taste fine:) 

1 comment:

  1. So THAT'S where Aaron get's his LOVE of peanut butter. I'm gonna try this recipe...CUTE baskets!