Throughout the years, I’ve added recipes to the base cookies. I started adding to the baseline when I lived in Virginnia and I made cookies for some of my co-workers. I really got into it when I lived in Dallas. One year, two of my friends and I made cookies for everyone on each of our team. It even included decorated, sugar cookies (that was a lucky year for my team – I didn’t make them again). The following Christmas I was on my own and back to my Black & Decker hand mixer – the following January I purchased my Kitchen Aid…what a difference that made.
I’ve decided to break-up my additional cookie recipes into 2 blogs: One Nostalgic (this one) and One New Age (more like recent in the last 10 years – and it will give me another blog).
The 3 recipes I’m sharing with you today are Peanut Blossoms, No Bake Cookies, Sugar (not the ones from my Dallas story) and Christmas Crunchies. Each one has a memory.
Peanut Blossoms: This is my Mom-Mom’s recipe. I remember making them as a kid with her (I’m assuming around Christmas time). At some point, I got the recipe (either from my Mom or my Mom-Mom’s recipe box). Here it is (this is my Sister-in-Law’s favorite cookie). 1/2 Cup Butter, 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter, 1/2 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 1 egg (room temp), 1 tsp vanilla, 1 3/4 Cup Flour, 1 tsp baking soad, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 bag of Hershey Kisses. Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg; beat and add vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Roll rounded teaspons of dough into balls; then roll in sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, top each with a solid Hershey Kiss (I’ve even tried other Hershey Kisses) press down firmly so cookie bracks around edge. Return to oven and bake 2-5 minutes longer.
No Bake Cookies (also called stove top): I remember making these cookies at a friend’s house as a little girl (Becky Legg’s house – wow her last name just came to me…she only lived near me for about a year of so). I also think we made these cookies in Home Ec in middle school. These are my brother’s favorite. 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 TBSP Cocoa Powder, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 cups quick cooking oats. In a large, heavy saucepan mix and bring to boil sugar, cocoa, milk and butter – stirring occassionally. Boil 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter and oats; mix well. Drop by rounded tsps on wax paper or spread in a greased 9x9x1 inch pan. Cool a few hours or until firm (I sometimes put outside or in freezer to speed up the process).
Sugar Cookies: My roommate from college used to make these. The recipe came from her boyfriend (at the time) grandmother. If you read my previous post, I had the Tollhouse cookie recipe memorized – she had this one memorized. She would make these quite a bit…good thing we walked everywhere and had fast metobolisms. These are not your typical sugar cookies – you don’t roll them out – they have a sort of cake consisentency. The original recipe calls for nutmeg – I made them one time not knowing you don’t add the nutmeg…they so didn’t taste the same. 2 Cups Sugar, 1 Cup Butter, 1 Cup Milk, 3 Eggs (room temp), 3 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp vanilla, 4 Cups Sugar. Cream sugar, butter and eggs. Sift dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients alternating with milk to the creamed mixture. Baked on ungreased cookie sheet at 375. You’ll have to check on these cookies as the recipe doesn’t have the time. 🙂 These are great cookies to add sugar sprinkles or other decoration.
Christmas Crunchies: I’m not sure when I started making these cookies. I don’t think I’ve made them very oftern either. However, they have a special place in my heart as I received this recipe as a child in a Christmas card from my Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop (price on card was $0.35!). 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white (this is what is actually in the card) sugar, 1 egg (well beaten), 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp soda (baking), 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup corn flakes, 1/2 cup coconut, 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans). Cream butter, add sugars then egg and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture. Last, add corn flakes, oatmeal, coconuts and nuts. Roll into small balls and place about 2 inches apart on cookied sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes.
Do you have any favorite cookie recipes? What are they? Let me know if you try any of the recipes and what you think of them. ENJOY!!
Have a wonderful Saturday!!