Monday, December 6, 2010

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Kicking off the Courting Sparks Blog Tour at Elaine Cantrell's Blog (http:/ Check it out, then try out these cookies.  So easy even I can make them.  There were some issues with the jellies running, but I attribute that to using my mother’s homemade jam.  (See Just Like My Mother. I don’t think there was zucchini in it, but...)  

1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling dough
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 tsps. vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsps. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup strawberry jelly, or any jam, jelly or preserves of your choice
Heat oven to 375°F.
Beat together sugar, brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter. Stir until blended. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture. Beat well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool 2 minutes. Make a depression in the center of each warm cookie with your finger or the back of a teaspoon. Fill each depression with about 1/2 teaspoon jelly. Cool completely. Yield: 5 dozen.1/3 cup orange juice

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