If you were reading along with me last week, you know that I had one of my less than stellar moments as a parent.
While it all turned out all right in the end, it still left me feeling a little guilty. I wanted to do something special for my daughter so that she would know how sorry I was and just how much I loved her.
Ana loves cookies! The lick the beater, the bowl and the spatula kind of love! Just picking out which kind of cookie to bake is a labor of love for her.
This time, her heart settled quickly on Peanut Blossom Cookies because she thinks the little chocolate stars in the middle make them “extra special.” As since extra special was exactly how I wanted her to feel, here they are…
This particular recipe yields a light and very soft cookie, exactly the way that Ana likes them! Me too for that matter…
Peanut Blossom Cookies
Yields: About 4 dozen (unless you have problems rolling perfect 1” balls like I do)
½ c. shortening
¾ c. creamy peanut butter
⅓ c. granulated sugar
⅓ c. light brown sugar
2 tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Extra granulated sugar for rolling (optional)
½ of a 12 oz. bag Brach’s Milk Chocolate Stars*
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt until well combined, but do not over mix.
Shape dough into 1” balls. Roll balls in sugar, if desired. Place on ungreased cookies sheets.
Bake 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately place a chocolate star on each cookie, pressing down so the cookie cracks. Cool 1-2 minutes and then remove to wire racks and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
*Notes: I’ve always used Brach’s Milk Chocolate Star candies because that’s what my mom used and I love the way they look, but if you can’t find them, feel free to substitute your favorite Hershey Kiss or even a Rolos.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented on Friday. For some reason that was a really difficult piece for me to write, and I was really unsure when I clicked the Post button. It seemed to resonate with so many of you though, and I’m truly grateful for all the kind words!