Monday, December 16, 2013

Cookie Day

My family always makes cookies for Christmas. It's one of my favorite traditions. This year, we ended up baking 5 batches of cookies - peanut butter, chewy chocolate chip, Black-Eyed Susans, oatmeal (minus the raisins), and chocolate chip. While that's certainly not setting any world records, we had fun without the stress (which is what happens when we try to make 12 batches in one day).
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I thought I'd share one of my favorite cookie recipes - Black-Eyed Susans (I also love the plant). They're made with peanut butter and chocolate so this is just the perfect recipe for me. They'd be great for spring parties too.
Aren't they adorable?!


Black-Eyed Susan Cookies

• 1 stick melted butter (1/2 cup)
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup creamy peanut butter
• 1 1/2 cups flour
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• chocolate chips



Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugars. Add egg, water, vanilla, and peanut butter. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture. Stir well. Chill dough for 15 - 20 minutes (more on a warm day). Add dough to cookie press. Press onto ungreased cookie sheets (discard first cookie of each batch). Bake for 7 - 8 minutes. Remove from oven and press one upside-down chocolate chip in center. Move cookies to cooling rack. Yields about 7 dozen. Enjoy!


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The only downside is that you need a cookie press to make these. Here's a detail shot of the cookie disk you need for this recipe. A similar looking one would probably work - the most important aspect is that small space in the middle for the chocolate chip.
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What are your holiday traditions? Any one else a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate?

Unrelated sidenote: My blog turns one today - yay! Thank you so much for reading! :)

18 comments:

  1. These look delish and perfect with a cup of tea.

    Love your photo bomber!

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    1. Thank you! haha, she's always around when the camera comes out!

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  2. Your recipe makes such cute cookies! I've never used a cookie press.

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    1. Thank you! I love my cookie press - it makes a ton of cookies with less effort :)

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  3. Happy Blog Birthday!

    They all look lovely!

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  4. A great tradition and these all look delish!

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    1. Yes, definitely one I'm keen to continue! Thank you! :)

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  5. On. a. diet.

    Pirags are a family tradition for the holidays.

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    1. At least looking at pictures won't affect your weight. :) I've never heard of pirags - I'll have to look them up!

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  6. Things I'm learning - there are cookie 'days', there are cookie presses. That your blog is a touch older than mine (by days). WOW! And I did google the black eyed susans, with no quick results, so thanks for the recipe toO!

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    1. That is a lot of learning for one little ol' post. I don't even know where the cookie recipe came from, it's so old.

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  7. I am jealous of your cookies! =) We made some sugar cookies to decorate but they came out of a roll.

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    1. I love decorating sugar cookies - but we ran out of time and didn't make any!

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  8. They look great! Thanks for the recipe, I love the way you have put it on a card.

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