Merry Christmas, kids! Santa brought a cookie recipe:
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar
2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 packaged Hershey’s kisses, unwrapped please
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Set aside.
In your electric mixer, cream together the shortening and peanut butter. Gradually add the sugar and brown sugar and mix well. Then add the egg (don’t beat it), the milk and the vanilla and mix well again. Then add the dry ingredients gradually until everything in thoroughly mixed.
Shape the dough in rounded spoonfuls into balls. Roll the balls in sugar and bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 8 minutes.
Remove from oven and place a Hershey’s kiss on top of each cookie, pressing down gently to smoosh the cookie into a flatter shape without breaking it. Return to oven and bake 2-3 minutes longer. Remove from oven, let sit for a minute, then put the cookies on a rack to cool.
Leave on a plate for Santa, with a glass of cold milk.
Yep, that’s right, Santa left me a note telling me what cookies to make him next year. He’s pretty direct, that Santa is.
(In the margins, by the way, he mentioned that this works pretty well with gluten-free flour as long as you don’t overbake.)