Sunday, December 9, 2007

Peanut Blossoms ..... Day Nine of "Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies".

Peanut Blossoms
This recipe from my collection dates back to 1961. I am not sure of its origin but if you do not remember the excitement when opening a bag of Gold Medal flour to find a strip of baking recipes and the Gold Medal coupons for Betty Crocker silverware and other awards, you missed some fun. My mother was an excellent cook and baker. We would always get to choose a new recipe when she opened a new bag of Gold Medal flour. Amazing how little it took to excite children many years ago.
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 unbeaten egg
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag Hershey Kisses
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream shortening, peanut butter, and sugars; add egg, milk, and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt, gradually add to mixture and mix thoroughly. Shape by rounded teaspoons full into balls, roll in sugar and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and place a chocolate Hershey Kiss on top of each cookie pressing down that cookie cracks around the edge. Return to oven, bake two to 5 minutes longer.

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