15 August 2007

Peanut Butter Cookies

Not much time to write today, it's a busy one. Have to fly out to WI early on Friday. So here's a goodie from my archives. This recipe is for a chewy cookie (not a huge fan of crunchy cookies), and a very poofy one at that (thank you, shortening). And at my house we don't add Hershey kisses, we put Hershey bars on them. Kinda rations out the chocolate with the peanut butter better. This time I placed two bars on each cookie, as they turned out a bit large.

Peanut Butter Cookies

¾ c. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy will work)
½ c. shortening or butter-flavored Crisco
1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
3 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 ¾ c. flour
¾ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine peanut butter, Crisco, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg. Beat until just blended.

Combine the last 3 ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to creamed mixture at a low speed until just blended. Chill dough in the fridge for at least an hour.

Drop onto baking sheet, and flatten slightly with a fork dipped in sugar (making a criss-cross pattern). Bake for 7-8 minutes.

After removing from the oven, immediately push candy bar piece into cookie. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, and then carefully transfer to a cooling rack (be careful to not smash the chocolate, which will be melty at this point). Allow chocolate to harden before storing.

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