Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies

Uncle Ed loves peanut butter cookies, and who can resist these? This was another one of grandma's signature sweets that she would make for the holidays as she knew that everyone would scarf these down as we all loved them~especially uncle Ed!
We kids were always on a sugar high as there was always something good that grandma had baked just for us to enjoy. And we were happy as larks to eat what she'd made.
This recipe is not so big so feel free to double it if you need a larger batch.
I make these at Christmas and my kids now love and enjoy them.

Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter*
1/2 cup shortening*
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking powder*

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
cream together the peanut butter, shortening, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Roll into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, 2" apart. Criss-cross with a fork dipped in flour. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Do not over bake! Makes 40 cookies.
*To make these more heart healthy use lard or palm oil shortening in place of the regular shortening. Buy the natural  peanut butter by Jif or Skippy, or use Krema. Use aluminim-free baking powder.

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