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Cyber Cookie Exchange

CookieexchangebuttonMrs. Wilt at The Sparrow’s Nest is hosting a “cyber cookie exchange“.  What an excellent idea!  I’m always looking for new cookie ideas! 

I ask my family which recipe they wanted me to post, and overwhelmingly they chose Peanut Butter Cookies.  (Kind of boring, but really good!)  OK, here goes.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sugar (to roll them in)

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until blended.  Add 1/2 cup of the flour, the sugars, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Mix in remaining flour.  If dough is too stick chill for about 30 minutes.  Shape dough into balls (about 1-inch in diameter).  Roll in sugar.  Place on un-greased cookie sheet.  Flatten by crisscrossing with fork dipped in sugar.  Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 7 to 9 minutes (I stay closer to the 7 minutes to have soft cookies.).  Makes about 36 cookies.

Pictures will come (after I make theses this afternoon!). 

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This evening, instead of family game night, we made “snowmints”.  Making these snowmen is a tradition in our home.  Each of us put our own artistic touch on the sweet treats (and it isn’t too awful when you have left over noses that have to be eaten).  We still had fun as a family and here are the results . . .  . 


If you’re interested, here’s the recipe. . . .

In a bowl mix together with a fork

  • 1 TBL. softened butter (not margarine)
  • 1TBL. light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. mint extract

Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar (I usually sift first).  When dough becomes too stiff to stir, knead with hands.

Make 12 snowmen with 3/4 of dough by forming 2 or 3 marble-size balls for each one.  Divide rest of dough in half.  Knead 1 drop blue food coloring into one half.  WASH HANDS.  Knead 1 drop red and 2 drops yellow food coloring into other half. WASH HANDS.  For each snowman, press on candy sprinkles for mouth, eyes, and buttons.  Form a scarf, hat, earmuffs, and nose out of colored dough.  Press features in place.  Store in refrigerator.

Have fun, I know we did.  (They taste pretty good too!) ;0)

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