To remember Grandma Val today, Olivia (who turned 8 last week), asked to make cookies. Phil took this opportunity to bake with the girls while I got the last of my weekend homework done. At first, they followed a recipe they picked up in the grocery store last night. That one turned out way too salty, so they tried again with a recipe I've used over and over from "Cookies for a Year of Celebrations", a cookbook I got from my own Grandmother before I got married.
While Phil was mixing up the second batch of dough, the girls got tired of helping and went to go watch a movie. Before she left the room, Olivia said "you got this dad?". She wanted to make sure he could handle it without her, I guess. The second batch turned out great and I am happily munching on a huge plate of my favorite cookies right now.
|The aprons the girls are wearing were made for their grandma by her mom when she was small. Phil's apron was also made by Grandma Rose for Val when she was an adult.|
1 1/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
3 T. milk
1 T. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 t. baking soda
1/4 c. sugar
48 unwrapped Hershey's Kisses
Heat oven to 375. Mix together brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until will blended. Add egg, then beat until blended. Combine flour and soda, then add to shortening mixture, beating a low speed until just blended. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in the sugar. Place on baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes. Immediately after removing from oven, place one Hershey's kiss in the middle of each cookie, then move the cookies to foil or wax paper to cool.
This is one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes, but of course, it can be enjoyed all year 'round. Happy eating!