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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

In my opinion, it's very difficult to beat a perfectly-made homemade chocolate chip cookie.  A close second, though, is a perfectly made homemade peanut butter cookie.  Bland store-bought versions rarely do it for me.  I like the homemade peanutty confections which just scream "Jif" or "Skippy."  Lovina's mother had a delicious peanut butter cookie recipe.  I'm not sure why it is so good since it really is a very basic recipe. Anyway, if you want an awesome cookie, try this:

1 cup shortening

1 1 /2 cups sugar

1 cup peanut butter

2 1 /2 cups all-purpose flour

1 /2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Blend shortening, sugar, and peanut butter.  Beat eggs in well. Stir together flour, soda, and salt.  Add to dry ingredients along with vanilla and stir to make a stiff cookie dough.  Drop by teaspoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Criss-cross each drop of dough with a fork.  Bake at 370 for 12 minutes.


Re: Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

All I can say about these cookies is yummmmmm! There were so many good recipes posted today that I just had to cook something and these cookies were it! My only complaint is that they only made 4 dozen!Tongue out

I think I'll try the coffee cake tomorrow!Wink


Divinity Candy

Would love to have the recipe for this, as mentioned elsewhere on the site.  Kevin, would you be able to put it here?    Have bought some now & then, but it's never the same as was sent to me at Christmas from a farm in IL, & later, from 'town,' when they moved off the farm.  I know the fat/sugar can't be squeezed out of this one, but it would be great to make for gift-giving,  even tho I could just have a teeny taste.  If you can't, then please post the cookbook title.   Thankyou.  CS

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My family has a divinity recipe that my gma always made.  She would usually tint it pink or green with some food coloring.  And she always made it on a sunny day, as she said she didn't have good luck with it on cloudy days.  Usually, they would stick a pecan half on top of the "blob" of the candy.  Is this similar to what you are looking for?  It is almost marshmallowy but also drier than a marshmallow. Very light.  I will try to get the recipe from my mom and post it.

Now that my grandmas are all gone, I have been trying to collect my favorite recipes of theirs to pass along to my daughters.

Re: Divinity

From your description, it sounds like the one-----or close to it.  Thanks for thinking of it.  CS

Re: P.B. Cookies

Must admit that I use the mix which comes in a bag.  When fresh, they are a pretty close second in flavor-----better than the readymade ones in both flavor & texture----even the small ones I make for church coffee hour.  Why make them small?   So people can taste more than one thing from the table.  CS

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