All aboard the baking train. Woo woo - I've been busy today. I'll start with a favourite - ah, who am I kidding, they're all favourites!
When I was back in Canada, I picked up a large jar of Kraft peanut butter, among other Canadian favourites. And although you can use any peanut butter for this recipe, for me, this is the best. These cookies remind me of our school packed lunches as children, as my mom used to bake them for us quite a lot. Not traditionally a Christmas cookie per say, I do like to add them to the collection purely for the memories.
Another oldie but a goodie from the mom (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, no doubt) I give you:
Peanut Butter Cookies
3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, beat butter for about 1 minute. Add both sugars and cream together until smooth (it goes crumbly before it gets smooth). Beat in vanilla, egg and peanut butter. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly stir in the flour mixture until incorporated.
Roll into balls (I weighed them at 20 grams each) and coat with white sugar. Place on a baking tray about 2 cm apart and press with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Makes approximately 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
So, tell me - what do you include in you Christmas baking? Stick to the same things every year or switch it up?