Tuesday, December 9, 2008

C is for Cookie

These two cookie recipes are my all time faves for the holidays, so I thought I'd share them with you. As far as cookies go, they are your standard fare, but in my humble opinion they are the best versions I've come across...especially when they are warm and gooey, fresh out of the oven. If you already have a recipe you prefer, stick to it. But, if not, feel free to claim and adopt these as your own.

Peanut Blossoms
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, unsalted and softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla
Hershey's kisses
1. Mix first three ingredients; cream butter and peanut butter, add sugar, egg, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla.
2. Blend in dry ingredients. You might think you have too much flour, but keep mixing and I promise it will all incorporate. Don't be tempted to add more wet ingredients.
3. Shape into balls (approx. 1" to 1.5") and roll in sugar.
4. Place on un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 8 minutes; remove and place a chocolate kiss in center; bake 2-5 minutes longer. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
4 TBSP cocoa
3 cups quick oats
1. Boil sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa for 1 1/2 minutes.
2. Remove from heat, add oats and peanut butter.
3. Stir until blended and spoon onto wax paper to cool (approx 2" round). Makes 2 dozen cookies.


Jen said...

Those no-bake cookies look delicious. And you could even pretend they are good for you, with the oats and peanut butter!

linnea (Johnson) Bergstrom said...

I love, love, love no bakes. They make the house smell so good. Peanut Butter blossoms are my comfort cookie that I know will never let me down. :) I'm inspired to make cookies now.

Amy and Andrew said...

Speaking of cookies, our office is having a cookie exchange and a group of us just got back from Jewel with all the ingredients for our cookie baking party this evening. Should be fun!

Barb Hungerford said...

I love both of these cookies, too!

Alexis said...

Oh, yum! Thanks!

Swedish Colombian said...

I can't believe it's been so long since I've crawled over to check out your space. What goodies I've missed! The Peanut Butter blossoms are one of my all-time favorite cookies EVER!! And yours look absolutely delish! I might actually be tempted to (gasp!) BAKE SOMETHING!!!!!!