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COOKIES 2016!!!

It's that magical time of year when even the most scared bakers in the world take to their kitchens to start their holiday baking.  Some people have power lists of what they bake every year and some make brand new lists off of Pinterest's to make some new spectacular kinds of cookies.  I admit fall in the middle and do a bit of both. But I am a baker who tries to make new and different things all year round.  Since I have a family full of taste testers who don't mind trying my baked goods I am all set because they will always be very blunt and honest with me.

But seriously I learned long ago a very important lesson from my Grams about this time of year.  This time of year brings out the good and bad in people.  So always have a treat in the house to share! By doing this you could solidify the good day they are having and make it great or a sweet treat and a concerned listening ear can make someone's horrible day a better one.

 For the people who say baking is so time-consuming or expensive your right it can be.  However, for me, I always have baking items in my home and I always try to put a few pennies away during the year so I can do this by the first week in December.  I work retail and my kids and husband have events in December so having it done now means saving time later!  Shall we begin!!

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 egg
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Mix  till incorporated. Scoop out on a pan (if your pans are older like mine use parchment paper or spray some cooking spray so they don't stick).  Now you can be fancy or not. I will usually use a fork. You just press the fork line across the top and bam pretty fancy cookies.  Cook 10-13 minutes depending on how your oven runs.
Peanut Butter Cookies

PB&J Cookies

The next type you can do is PB&J Cookies.  To make these use the peanut butter cookie recipe above!!  When you scoop on the pan use your clean finger. (BTW this is a great job for the kiddies to do) and poke a small hole in the top.  Fill with your favorite jelly or jam.  Be aware when these come out the jelly is super hot so contain yourself just for a few extra minutes.

PB&J Cookies
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Last but not least for the cooked peanut butter cookies are the traditional peanut butter with a Hershey kiss in middle.  Again just use the recipe above and use a Hershey kiss.  Beware my kids eat all the kisses before they make it to my cookies so a great trick is just to stick 4 regular chocolate chips in the middle after you flatten them a bit.  My sister in law Pam loved these and when she moved away from home but came back to visit she always used my oven to make these with the kids. I make them now once a month in honor of her.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
A great no bake cookies/candy recipe is peanut butter cereal ba11s.  I love this recipe because there is no cooking involved.

Peanut Butter Cereal Balls

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup nut butter of your choice
(If you use crunchy use a few tsp of creamy so it mixes well)
1 1/2 Cups cereal of your choice (crushed up a bit)
1 cup chocolate chips

In a mixer blend peanut butter and powdered sugar.  After blending add cereal and chocolate chips.
Make into balls by scooping out some and rolling in your hand.
You can go one step further by covering in chocolate after making the balls or drizzling them with chocolate.  I like them just plain. Store in an airtight container.

Peanut Butter Balls
I love sugar cookies and this is the most basic as you can come!  Best thing is sugar cookies can be decorated easily with just colored sprinkles.  I myself love just plopping my uncooked dough into plain white sugar and baking you can't beat that and they look so pretty on a plate for presentation.

Basic Sugar Cookies

1 egg
1 tsp Baking Powder
3 Cups Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup butter

Now preheat your oven to 350 degrees I scoop up the dough and roll in sprinkles, sugar or mini crushed candies.  Bake at 350 until golden brown 10-12 minutes.  These are meant to be a soft cookie.

Basic Sugar Cookie

Next are a sweet treat called thumbprint cookies.  These are a great cookie filled in the center with a little dab of jelly.

Thumb Print Cookies

2 egg
2 tsp Baking Powder
4 Cups Flour
2 Cup Sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup butter
assorted jellies

Blend together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and butter.  Add in all dry ingredients.
Scoop into 1 inch balls and place on pan.  Take your finger and poke a hole in the middle. Fill with the jelly of your choice. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on your oven.

Thumb Print Cookies

Then everyone's favorite our traditional chocolate chip Cookies.Who does not like warm chocolate chip cookies?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 bag chocolate chips
6 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter

Blend together egg, sugar, vanilla, and butter.  Once the wet ingredients are blended add the dry.  Cook for 13 minutes at 350 degrees.  I also do this with fudge chips, mint chips etc.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The next cookie is a favorite of mine and my daughter Megan.

Peppermint Crunch Cookies

3 egg
4 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 of sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered cocoa
1/2 cup of crushed candy canes

Blend all wet ingredients together, then add all dry. Scoop onto a pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 min depending on your stove.  If you want super peppermint you can add 1 tsp of peppermint extract.

Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Then last but certainly not least is Oatmeal Cookies!!  These were my sister in laws favorite cookies.  I had to make them for her all the time. In my cookbook, they were renamed Pams.

Pams Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3  cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup quick oats

Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Once combined mix in all dry ingredients in as well. Scoop and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on your stove.

Pam's Oatmeal Cookies

So guys and gals these are my Christmas 2016 cookie list!!  Baking is a joy to me a way to relax and forget about my problems.  I hope everyone has an amazing holiday.  Remember the holiday time is not what you can get but what you can give.


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