I realized in planning out my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies that precisely because of the fact that all of my recipes are stolen from her, I would be absolutely remise if I didn’t feature my own mother! As the woman who taught me to bake, and the brains behind the entire cookie operation at our house, we need to hear from the master!
Within a few readings of Emily’s blog, one immediately notices that this girl loves to bake! She comes by it honestly as both sisters and her mom are happiest when we are baking – particularly when we get to give it away! Molly’s cakes are blue ribbon worthy and Merry Grace’s banana bread is “I’ll just have one more piece” delicious, but the real crème de la crème is our cookies!
Is there anything quite like a freshly baked cookie? Not only does the taste knock your socks off, but when you bring a friend or neighbor your cookies, the message is always clear: You matter, your friendship is important to me, please enjoy! However, Christmas cookies are in a league of their own at our house. Usually, these cyclops cookies are baked only during the holiday season and that is what makes them oh so special.
Way back in the “olden days” when I taught third grade at St. Luke’s Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas and children did not have peanut allergies, one of my moms brought these cookies to share with the class for her son Carl’s birthday. Needless to say, I walked Carl out to his car that afternoon to beg Mrs. Brown for the recipe! These cookies do not disappoint and it’s also a fun (and tasty) activity unwrapping all the chocolate kisses. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
In a large mixer bowl beat butter and peanut butter with electric mixer on medium speed about 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar an brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat well.
In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. With mixer on low speed gradually add the flour mixture to peanut butter mixture, beating well. If necessary, cover and chill about 1 hour for easier handling.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in additional sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheets.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees until edges are firm or about 12 minutes. Immediately press a chocolate kiss atop each cookie.
Makes 60 cookies.