Cooking Corner: Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter makes an excellent sandwich when paired with a variety of ingredients from jelly to bananas. It can also be eaten on crackers or with a spoon. Peanut butter can also flavor delicious cookies that are easy to make at home. All one needs is a large bowl, an electric mixer, and a cookie sheet. To make warm and delicious cookies at home just follow these steps taken from the Better Homes and Gardens, “New Cookbook.”

½ cup butter (softened)
½ cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar, or ½ cup honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Whip butter, shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl for 30 seconds with an electric mixer. Add granulated and brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Mix well. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in the flour using the mixer and knead to get it all mixed in. Put the dough in the fridge for 60 minutes. To bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Make the dough into 1.25 inch balls and roll these balls in sugar. Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork leaving criss-cross lines on the top of the cookies. Bake the cookies for seven to nine minutes or until they are brown around the bottom edges. Then take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before eating.

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