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Thursday, December 25, 2008

what santa would appreciate: Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

today i'm in TN, with jab and his family, celebrating Jesus' Birthday. i hope the holiday celebration with your family is as warm and sweet as mine is.

as an alternative to the chocolate chip cookies Santa usually gets, i thought i'd set out some soft peanut butter cookies. he's getting up there in age and his teeth may not be as strong as in his youth. these cookies are buttery, melt in your mouth soft. i deliberately underbaked them and added extra peanut butter to the batter. my teeth are strong but they are confined by metal and these cookies make it possible for me to enjoy a sweet snack without wincing with every bite or having to dunk into milk. they're fast to whip up too, i made the batter in no time (again, thanks to my standmixer!) and baked them the next night in under an hour. i would've added some pretty green and red m&ms but i had forgotten to grab them when i was at the market. no biggie, these little cookies are great regardless.

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Santa's Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
adapted from Bake Space

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Combine margarine, peanut butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Blend together very well.
Add flour, baking soda and salt with mixer.
Chill dough overnight in the refrigerator. Roll into balls by hand.
Place on sprayed cookie sheet.
Using a fork, press down the balls and create a criss cross pattern.
Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven until edges very lightly browning (about 10 minutes). (**** i baked them for about 6 minutes)
Cool completely on wire rack and store in airtight container. (*** to be safe, i stored in plastic sandwich bags AND then put in airtight container.)

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today's song: I Wonder as I Wander

happy holidays. stay warm. be safe.

13 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas, honey! I meant to tell you that the cookies were the BOMB. I didn't share them with the kids, they were so good. the peanut butter was a pleasant, sweet surprise. Thanks again for dinner.

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  2. I think I would appreciate some PB cookies. these look delish.
    :)

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  3. I am not happy with my peanut butter cookie recipe. From the looks of your cookies, I am going to use your recipe from now on. They look super.

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  4. Denise - so glad you liked them. now that i know you live so close by, i will make sure to have a batches of baked goods for you.

    monica - thanks! next batch i make, i will send some to you.

    lynn - these are so easy to put together and taste so good. definitely give it a try!

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  5. These look like perfect peanut butter cookies. Yum! Perhaps I'll attempt making them.

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  6. lily-violet, you should def. make these. they're so easy to make and real treat to have.

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  7. I don't think I've ever actually made peanut butter cookies-probably because I can't get away from chocolate long enough to do so :) Your cute cookies have inspired me to give them a go!

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  8. hi,
    i tried them today and they turned out great, they really are soft cookies.

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  9. Megan,
    i hope you stepped away from the chocolate and tried making these! :)

    Nadia,
    thank you so much for letting me know how yours turned out. so glad that they turned out well for you.

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  10. I don't think I've ever actually made peanut butter cookies-probably because I can't get away from chocolate long enough to do so :) Your cute cookies have inspired me to give them a go!

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  11. hi,
    i tried them today and they turned out great, they really are soft cookies.

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  12. Last week I was searching for a peanut butter cookie for a bake sale as this recipe popped up in my google feed. At first although the cookies looked excellent, I was very skeptical of trying the recipe since it was in fact online. After deciding to try this recipe, I have to tell you that I discovered these to be the best peanut butter cookies that I have ever made or had. I took the time to write this review because I know that I would have appreciated someone doing the same for me during my quest for the best online peanut butter cookie. These are definitely more than worth a try!

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  13. danielle, thank you so much for letting me know!!! i am glad they turned out well for you. :)

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