Friday, May 14, 2010
Cookie Recipe #132 - Peanut Butter Stars
This combination of peanut butter and chocolate mixed into one bite is a winner. A package of peanut butter cookie mix may be used or your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. Following is the ingredients and instructions for the peanut butter cookie recipe I used previously (Cookie Recipe #2, cut in half).
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or crunchy), 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 2 eggs, 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon salt (or 1 package peanut butter cookie mix plus 1 egg), chocolate sprinkles, milk chocolate candy stars.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl, combine shortening, peanut butter, and both sugars; mix well. Add vanilla and eggs and continue beating. Sift in flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until thoroughly combined. (If using pre-packaged mix, add egg to contents of package and mix well).
Take a small amount of dough and roll into a ball, then into bowl of sprinkles, covering well. Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 8 minutes or until tops begin to crackle. Remove from oven to heat-proof surface and immediately place a chocolate star in center of each cookie. Allow to cool for a minute before transferring to cooling racks. Continue with rest of dough. If you run out of sprinkles, just press down each ball with a fork in a crisscross pattern, making regular peanut butter cookies.
Note: A chocolate Kiss or chocolate chips could replace the chocolate stars (any form of chocolate will do; the stars look pretty, though).
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
"Treasury of Holiday Cookies", Publications International, LTD., Lincolnwood, IL, 1994. (revised recipe)