Christmas is gaining on us and what better gift than to give home made cookies?
“But” you say, “Making all those kinds of cookies is so time consuming and I just don’t have that kind of time!”
Well, I have a secret for you. Now you can make a bunch of different kinds of cookies with one fabulous cookie recipe! In this blog post, I used a simple recipe for peanut butter cookies that I found in my Betty Crocker cookbook. This cookbook was published in 1978 (YAY Flea Marketeers! It was one of my Flea Market Finds). Happily, cookies that were great in 1978 are still great today.
The cookies you see in the above photograph were all born from the same peanut butter cookie recipe. I doubled the recipe and added different things like M n Ms, colored sugar, Hershey Kisses, chocolate chips and sometimes all of those things.
You can also make smaller cookies and turn them into sandwich cookies using frosting as the cookie filling or make “Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches” by using the peanut butter cookies for the “bread” and your favorite jelly as the filling.
Here is the recipe:
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix sugars, butter, peanut butter, and egg.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. When the flour mixture is well blended, add it to the butter and sugars mixture and mix until incorporated.
Once you have blended together the dough itself, you can add whatever you want. I separated the dough into different bowls and added M n M’s in one to make peanut butter M n M cookies, In another I mixed chocolate chips, In another bowl I didn’t add anything but after I had shaped the dough into balls, I rolled them in blue and pink colored sugar to make boy and girl cookies. In others, I placed a Hershey’s Kiss in the center.
When you have added your chips or M n M’s, shape the cookies into 3/4 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake until set but not hard, about 10 minutes.
Once you have finished making your cookies, look for innovative ways to wrap them, Look at my previous post on the subject. http://www.chasinglabellavita.com/christmas-is-covered-fabulous-flea-market-finds-that-make-wonderful-gifts/
Keep a watch here. I am going to post more cookie hacks for you as well as some of my favorite cookie recipes and I’ll be posting more Flea Market Finds and ideas for you!
Have a great Christmas season!