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12 Days of Christmas Cookies — Part 1

Hair appointment – check

6 mile walk — check

Cookie baking and Christmas decorating – In progress!!

I’ve really been far too productive for a Saturday, but it’s been a relaxing type of productive. I love baking cookies, especially Christmas cookies! 🙂

My mom sent me her recipe for peanut butter blossoms (you know, the ones with the Hershey kiss in the middle – so good), so I got out my mixing bowls this afternoon.

Truthfully, I had bought peanut butter and Hershey kisses a few days ago, so I may have eaten one or several Hershey kisses prior to this afternoon. I can’t help it. They’re so addictive!

The cookies are addictive too, so I need to stop eating them. They’re part of my 12 days of Christmas cookies plan, and I am either going to take them to my company’s Christmas party next Thursday or give them to the Ronald McDonald House.

If you don’t know anything about Ronald McDonald House, get on Google. They take in families who have to move far away to seek medical treatment for their children.

Anyway, here’s the cookie recipe, courtesy of More Than Easy Mac’s Mom.

Ingredients: ½ cup shortening (1 stick of butter/margarine), ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup white sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 ¾ cup flour, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp baking soda.

Directions: Cream together the shortening and peanut butter. Gradually add and cream well the white and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Finally, gradually add the flour, salt and baking soda.

Shape by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Press candy kiss into center of each. Return to oven, bake 3-5 minutes more.

OK, this is where I vary from my Mom a little bit. I tried her baking times, but it was a little much for my oven, which is stronger than hers. My first batch came out a little singed on the bottom. My magic numbers were 9 minutes and then 2 minutes with the kiss.

Hints: Get the kisses unwrapped for the first batch while it is baking. Then while your first batch is baking make the rest of the balls and put them on waxed paper. Then count out how many kisses you need and get them unwrapped.

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