" PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES "

These are so scrumptous that they have actually become a staple at holiday time in my family and anyone that gets a goodie basket expects to find them in there too. I make hundreds of these and put about a dozen in a decorative little cello bag and wrap it with pretty ribbon and put them in the goodie baskets with everything else.

This is not my recipe, I can't take credit for this one. It was given to me by a friend and I have no idea where she got it. I personally, all my life, hated peanut butter cookies. Even as a kid you couldn't force one down me. I tried one of these one day a few years back and became one of the converted. The secret to these is the peanut butter. It makes the recipe a bit more expensive but it is well worth it. This recipe makes approx. 6 dozen cookies.

Ingredients.....

1 & 1/3 cups of crisco golden shortening
1 & 1/2 cups of Peanut Butter ***
1 & 1/3 cups of packed brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking SODA
2 & 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

*** PEANUT BUTTER *** The secret of this recipe is to use REAL peanut butter. Yes, this means a trip to the local health food store and get those peanuts crushed and made into peanut butter. Or, if you are Canadian, you can purchase Presidents Choice "Just Peanuts" peanut butter.

- preheat your oven to 325 degrees

- cream the crisco golden, peanut butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs & vanilla in a very large bowl.

- combine the flour, baking soda & salt and then mix it gradually to the creamed mixture (on slow speed on your mixer), until it is completely blended.

- shape the dough into one inch balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with a fork for design.

- Bake for 10 minutes until golden coloured.

- let cool on a wire rack


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