Wednesday, December 2, 2015

My cookie day.

Today's my day to share a recipe for the cookie exchange. Over the past couple of weeks, I tried to think of the cookie recipe I would share.  There aren't too many cookies that my family doesn't love.  Well.... they don't love oatmeal and raisin which happen to be my favorite and they are not huge fans of peanutbutter cookies - the recipe I've decided to share--but anything else, they will eat.  I'm pretty sure that my mom will be somewhat surprised that I am sharing the story behind the cookie but in spite of that, the story is what makes the cookie special to me.

When I was a kid - fourth or fifth grade I guess - my mom worked as an aide at the elementary school in the little town where we lived.  My mom was a good cook - she doesn't think so, but she really is a good cook. She also bakes really good cookies.  She's not a fancy baker but her cookies are good.  Anyway, one fall she started baking for Christmas.  Back in the day my mom would freeze the cookies she baked for Christmas. God help the kid who snitched cookies from the freezer!  Anyway, mom baked these peanutbutter cookies but she didn't freeze them because she didn't think they turned out.  She thought they were dry and burned so she put them out for us kids to eat.  During this time I stayed home from school because I was sick, probably with a cold or sore throat. I can remember drinking hot tea and eating those cookies.  And to this day, I don't believe I've ever had a better tasting cookie.  Whatever mom did to those cookies, they were the best tea-dunking cookies ever!  I probably ate two dozen of them on my own.  40+ years later, I can taste those cookies as if it were just yesterday.  Even though I was sick, that cookies-and-hot-tea day is one of my best memories.

Peanutbutter Cookies

1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs

Cream all of that together

2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix this together and slowly add to the butter mixture.  Allow to chill at least an hour - it makes rolling into balls easier.  Preheat oven to 375.  Using parchment paper, place walnut size balls about 2 inches apart.  Criss-cross with sugar dipped fork and bake for about 10 minutes (watch carefully)

So enjoy the recipe - and if you do happen to bake them a little too long, enjoy them for their most excellent  tea-dunking properties! Thanks mom!




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15 comments:

Carol said...

Your recollection of your mom's cookies is so sweet! I have fond memories of dipping that fork in flour to make the criss cross on top of my gr-grandmother's peanut butter cookies. Thank you for sharing this recipe and making me remember how much I love peanut butter cookies. If it weren't so late I'd be running to make some!

Sugar Free Quilts said...

I'll bet they're yummy dipped in coffee as well! Thanks for sharing.

Quilt Granny said...

Today may be peanut butter cookie day at our house. Thanks for sharing your story and your recipe.

Carol said...

We must be of the same mind, Beth, since I shared a peanut butter cookie recipe too. I may have to overbake some, though, since I love to dip my cookies in hot tea! Your story is a wonderful memory--thanks so much for sharing!

Carla said...

I'm always looking for a new peanut butter cookie recipe to try. THank you. I can't wait to try them, especially the over baked ones (because that is how I roll). lol

krislovesfabric said...

Good of you to share your recipe and sweet story behind those cookies. Thank you!

Just Quilt It said...

I love peanut butter cookies! Thank you for sharing the recipe and also your lovely memories.

Deonn said...

What a sweet memory! Thanks for sharing that sweet story. We love peanut butter cookies at our house too.

Lindsay said...

I love how food can bring such great memories! Looks like a great peanut butter recipe...can't wait to try it!

Theresa said...

What a beautiful memory. I see why you still love those cookies.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Peanut butter cookies used to be a favorite around here too! Thanks for sharing your recipe and the story of why you love them so much!

Createology said...

I love PB cookies and thank you for sharing your recipe. Hopping really does add to the fun.

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Hi there! I love a good story! Thank you for sharing yours. It made me smile and think about days I got to stay home from school because I was sick. What is funny is that they were really special because I was the oldest of five kids and when I was home sick, it was alone time with my momma. thanks for the recipe and the lovely memory.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

What a cute story. My mom was not much of a baker, I got the recipes I use from the ladies she used to clean house for as I was growing up.

Mary Ann said...

Love the story behind the cookies. Hubby loves peanut butter and crunchy slightly over baked is my favorite kind of any cookie. Thanks for sharing.