Formed Cookies Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

posted by Connie 01-21-100 11:33 AM

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookues

2 1/2 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup margarine
1 cup creamy or chunk peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 F

Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In large bowl with mixer at medium speed beat margarine and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in sugars until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture; beat well until blended. If necessary chill dough.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with fork dipped in sugar making crisscross pattern.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until very lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool on rack. Yields 6 dozen.

Variations:
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies: Follow basic
recipe. Stir in 1 package (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate pieces into batter. Bake as directed. Makes about 7 dozen.

Peanut Butter Crackles: Follow basic recipe. Shape
into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Do not flatten. Bake as directed 15 to 18 minutes. Immediately press chocolate candy kiss firmly into top of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges).

Peanut Butter Spritz Cookies: Follow basic recipe. Put
dough through cookie press. Place red or green candied cherry in center of each cookie. Bake as directed. Makes 8 dozen.

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