One of the great things about Christmas and New Years’ celebrations is the food. Typically shared with close friends and family, most of us take time to relax, forget about dietary restrictions, and eat hearty, homemade, delicious fare.
Christmas cookies are one of the season’s favourite treats. The following recipes never fail to produce delicious cookies.
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk or cream
- 40 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cups
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
Beat the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy. Then beat in the egg, vanilla and milk or cream. Mix in the flour mixture and shape into 40 balls, placing each into a mini muffin pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for around 8 minutes. Removing the pan from the oven, proceed to immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.
Once they’re cool, carefully remove them from the pan.
- 1 ½ cups butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar (put some extra sugar aside)
- 2 eggs ½ cup molasses
- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses.
Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Refrigerate for around 1 hour (or until dough is easy to handle).
Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar you set apart at the beginning. Place them, 4 to 6 centimetres apart, on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees F (176 C) for 8-12 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.
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