Magaily visiting me in my "room"
The first time that I made these cookies Crystal took some home to her girls, who apparently went crazy for them and declared them to be their favorites. A little bit later she was taking them shopping and was going to get some cookies from the store, and apparently Maddy started to cry because she can't get her very favorite cookies from the store--only from me! She then asked her mom if maybe I would make her some if she drew a picture for me. Well, we can do better than that! I invited her over and we baked cookies together, and she drew me a beautiful picture that is still on my fridge :)
Baking (or eating?) with Maddy
The beautiful picture!: "I Love You and I Like You"
Usually Crystal asks for these cookies for her birthday (or Christmas...or Wednesdays...), but this year she asked for strawberry cake (or cupcakes) instead. Then later she said that the girls might get mad that she didn't get any of the cookies...so I made both for her birthday.
Strawberry cupcakes iced like flowers :)
And a mountain of peanut butter cookies!
These cookies are pretty darn amazing...but I can't take credit for them. I found them in Taste of Home's Best Loved Cookies & Bars special edition around Christmas '08, and I have made them over and over! Absolutely wonderful! Unlike your average peanut butter cookie, these have a layer of peanut butter icing on top. The original recipe calls for you to drizzle some chocolate icing over the tops, but I leave that out--yep, I want pure unadulterated peanut butter please! Also, I generally shy away from using shortening over butter in my recipes, but the shortening in these really does make for the soft and chewy texture--I wouldn't substitute butter...just my opinion.
Here is the recipe in case you want to make the best peanut butter cookie in the world!
Fancy Peanut Butter Cookies
Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies & Bars 2008
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- dash salt
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
- Roll into 1 in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375' for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. (I take them out right at about 11 minutes when they are still pretty light) Remove to wire racks.
- For frosting, in a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy (i combine the fats, then add the sugar) Beat in the milk, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Frost cookies. Combine melted chips and milk, drizzle over frosting.