Thursday, August 20, 2009

Peanut Butter Crisscross Cookies - 100th POST!!!

This is a special post.

Happy 100th post to me!!

I could've done a big ole cake to celebrate...or I could've done ice cream or cupcakes or something. But no. I chose Peanut Butter Crisscross Cookies

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Why? Well, this was the first recipe I was known for. This was my first "signature" recipe. When I was a young girl...middle school age, this is what I baked.

I don't remember the first time I baked them. I'm sure they turned out good and / or I received lots of praise, otherwise I might not have ever made them again.

Dad liked them. And it made me feel good to make something that he enjoyed. It was that certain reward that someone who cooks and bakes loves.... That look of joy and the mmm's and oooh's.

The realization that you can make something that tastes good. And the thrill in watching others enjoy what you've made.

So this post is dedicated to nostalgia. To memories and beginnings. And to all things good that have been created since then!

And maybe even a little thanks to Better Homes and Garden for a great recipe that has lasted years and years in my family.

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1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 beaten eggs
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups sifted enriched flour
2 teaspoons soda
Dash salt

Preheat oven to 375'

Real quick here....I don't think my mom ever had shortening in the house. I'm pretty sure I used margarine instead. Tonight I used 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter. And the soda must mean baking soda. Did I mention that this cookbook is as old as I am?

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugars, and vanilla. Add eggs; beat thoroughly.

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Stir in peanut butter.

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(I just love playing with my food!)

Sift dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture.

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Form into tiny balls; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

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Press with back of a fork to make crisscross.

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When I'm ready to make my crisscrosses, I get a little bowl of water and have it handy. Dip the fork into the water every so often to keep the dough from sticking to the fork.

Dough may also be rolled and cut if desired.
Bake in moderate oven (375') 10 minutes.

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Makes 8 dozen cookies.

Now, I don't have any cool prizes or gifts to hand out as party favors. But maybe you can share with me what your first "signature" recipe was or maybe the first thing you remember cooking.

12 comments:

  1. Awesome...congrats on 100!!! I adore a delicious pb cookie...w/ crisscross! These are something I loved making at a young age, too! These and TollHouse CC Cookies!

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  2. Ha! My first recipe was from BH&G too. It was the busy day cake, I'm sure you know the story. I've talked about it everywhere. :D

    Happy 100th post! Isn't it exciting?

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  3. Congratulations on your 100th post!
    Wonderful cookies!

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  4. Those are probably my most favorite cookie every. My mom's were always so perfect.

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  5. Congrats on your 100th post! I was thinking the other day about the PB cookies I used to make when I was a kid - I think this is the same recipe. It is from one of my Mom's old cookbooks with a red cover. What sweet memories! These look so yummy - I want to go make a batch.

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  6. Girli - you are sooo right! I grew up on PB and TollHouse!! YUM!!! hm...what do you think would happen if you added chocolate liquor instead of milk?

    Bob - OMG!! ok, I decided to look up your Busy Day Cake to see if my version had it...and waddaya know! There is it....page 118!

    Erica - Thank you! :)

    Chris...I know, right? They melt in your mouth even though they have texture! these babies rock!

    Reeni - Hi! Welcome and thank you for stopping by! yep...red checker cookbook! this book is way older than I am...1953 copyright. I think you need to make a batch and freeze some of the dough for later so you can have some whenever you need to

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  7. The Better Homes and Gardens cookbook is my bible! I even had the kid's version when I was little--still have it somewhere. You can't beat a good peanut butter cookie. Classic!

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  8. Congrats on your 100th. PB cookies are a staple here. I LOVE the BHG cookbook too!

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  9. Congrats on post#100! Peanut butter cookies are my favorites, esp when they are soft and chewy.!

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  10. Happy Hot 100!!!! Delicious cookies too, I luv me some good Peanut Butter Cookies!

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  11. Cathy - BHG is awesome...at least the older versions are. I bought a new one a couple years back...not as good. :(

    Donna, Deb and Shane - why don't you all come over this weekend and help me finish off the cookies....I froze the remainder of the dough for another time :)

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  12. congrats on the 100th,

    I think I started baking cakes from an Ann Pillsbury book... but my most memorable recipe is this: http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2007/10/apple-pie.html

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