Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Preparation Week - Cookie Time

Cookies, cookies, cookies . . . . oh, how I love cookies.  My favorite cookie recipe brings the Christmas spirit by chauffeuring in memories of my childhood.  There is no, peppermint, no fancy fudge, no fruitcake that brings Christmas to me the way this little cookie does.  Memories of my mother making holidays special surround the aura of this special treat.  Could I eat it any time of the year?  Sure I could eat it any time, and there is not a day that wouldn't be heightened by it, but there is no way I would want my Christmas to be without it.  What makes up this cookie?  PEANUT BUTTER and CHOCOLATE!  Here it is:

Peanut Butter Blossoms (a.k.a. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies)
(adapted from Better Home and Gardens - New Cook Book)
1/2 cup margarine or butter - (softened helps the dough mix well)
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth is our choice)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8. tsp. baking soda
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Milk chocolate kisses (or for a really special treat - mini  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups)

Cream together margarine and peanut butter.  Add 1/2 cup granulated and brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.  Mix until combined.  Add in egg, milk and vanilla and mix well.  Mix in as much flour on low speed.  Refrigerate until cool.  Roll into 1-inch balls then roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar (add more sugar if needed).  (At this point, the cookies freeze well.  You can prepare ahead, and have cookies at a moment's notice.)  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie tray.  Bake in 350 degree oven 10 - 12 minutes until edges are slightly firm.  After removing from oven immediately press a chocolate kiss or mini peanut butter cup into the center.  Transfer to parchment/wax paper (or if you're like my mom was 20 years ago - old newspaper) and cool.  If you don't have the patience to wait for them to cool, you're in for a special treat.  While still warm, they are ooey and gooey and melt in your mouth.  Oh, what a cookie!


Lindy said...

Yummy cookies! My recipe for those was my great grandmother's. It says to buy 20 cents worth of chocolate stars!:) It's fun making memories. Enjoy a Merry Christmas.

Linda said...

I just made some of these Friday morning. These are my favorite Christmas cookie ever! I hope you have a Merry Christmas with your family. Thanks for coming by to read my blog throughout the last several months. You are appreciated:-)

Hannah said...

Those look perfectly lovely!