Slice and Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe comes from one of my all time favorite cookbooks, More Make a Mix Cookery by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover. The recipes makes 4 "logs" that when baked yields 3 dozen wonderful cookies. These are great for gift giving and can be a real time saver around the holidays.
- Ready In:
- 2 cups vegetable shortening
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter or 2 cups chunky peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- cinnamon sugar (optional)
- Cut four 14 inch by 12 inch pieces of waxed paper and four sheets of aluminum foil the same size and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, sugars and peanut butter; beat in vanilla and eggs until light and fluffy.
- In a seperate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda; gradually beat flour into the creamed mixture until combined.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and shape each into an 8 to 10 inch roll.
- Wrap each individually in wax paper and then in aluminum foil; label, date and freeze for up to 6 months.
- To prepare the cookies: Place the dough in refrigerator and thaw overnight. Slice the dough into 1 inch thick slices and cut each slice in fourths; form into a ball and if desired roll in cinnamon sugar.
- Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets, flatten in a crisscross pattern with fork tines and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
- Remove from oven and allow to stand for a few minutes, move the cookies to cooling racks and allow to cool completely.
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I used a brown sugar substitute for this recipe, but other than that I followed the recipe as written. The cookies turned out perfectly. I froze three of the rolls and baked the fourth one. The cookies were light, not too sweet and goes great with a cup of tea or coffee. I have plenty of cookies from the one roll. The bonus is I have three more rolls in the freezer and can have yummy cookies any time I am in the mood. :) Thanks for another wonderful recipe, Paula. This one is going straight into the keeper file. Made for October 2012 Aus/NZ Swap.1Reply