I was browsing through my favorite antique shop yesterday and came across this beautiful circa 1900 Austrian floral plate. I fell in love with the gorgeous turquoise coloring of the border and of course the pink roses were a wonderful bonus. Best of all…it was on sale for half price!
As I was washing the plate this morning, I thought…hmmm…I need something to put on it. It’s been a while since I baked something from my Grandmother’s cookbooks, so I decided I would make some cookies.
Cookies…ok, got it. But what kind??? A quick look through her book “Favorite Recipes of Alabama Vocational Home Economics Teachers Third Edition”, and I had my choice…Peanut Butter Cookies.
1/2 c soft shortening (half butter)
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar (firmly packed)
1 1/4 c sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t soda
1/4 t salt
Combine the soft shortening, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg; mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Add to the peanut butter mixture and mix well. Chill for about 2 hours. Roll the dough into small balls and flatten the dough by making crisscross marks with a fork dipped in flour on each ball. Bake at 350 for about 9-10 minutes, until the cookies are set but not hard.
The recipe states it makes 3 dozen cookies, but I must have made mine a bit smaller. I actually ended up with a little over 4 dozen cookies.
These were super easy to make and the peanut butter flavor is yummilicious! My family is going to love these!