Today was one of my favorite days of the year. COOKIE BAKING!!!! Every year my family comes together and makes cookies to give out as gifts and sweet treats. This year was special to me because my husband got to be here. Of the 6 years we have been together we have not spent the holiday's together. He seemed to be having fun as our taste tester.
We make several different cookies and everyone always has their favorite. Our baking includes snowball cookies, thumbprint cookies, peanut blossoms, ribbon cookies, oatmeal with raisins and chocolate, fig cookies, and sugar cookies. My personal favorites are the fig cookies and peanut blossoms. Sorry I have been told the fig cookies are a secret family recipe or I would give everyone the delicious recipe. But instead I am going to include my other favorite, peanut blossoms.
Peanut Blossom Recipe
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of softened butter
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of sugar
48 unwrapped hershey's kisses
1. Heat oven to 375F
2. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter in a bowl. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and salt; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
3. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes if dough is too soft. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until very lightly golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate kiss in center of each cookie. Remove to cooling rack. Makes 48 cookies
We place all of our cookies in tins to give to family and friends.
My husband was feeling very creative and decided that a reindeer sugar cookie needed to be a Ninja Turttle. I had to take a picture of it.
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