I do not cook. But I bake. And, to small children at least, this is awesome.
I make cupcakes, a mean chocolate chip cookie, the occasional poppyseed cake, and Christmas Cookies. I'm really known for that last one. And by "known" I mean that every time I give someone these cookies they are like, "You made these? You?!?!"
I try not to take offense at what their shock implies. I know the cookies kick ass.
The funny thing is, when I googled this recipe, in hopes of attributing it it whatever 1960's cookbook my mom got it from...well, it apparently came off the sack of Pillsbury Flour sometime around 1970. I'm so not shocked, as my mom was a Shake 'n Bake, Cambells Soup casserole, sauce from a jar kind of gal. So anyway, here is a link to where you can find the other options, but I only make one of the cookies varieties from the base: the monumental crowd-pleaser, the Peanut Butter Blossom. Aw yeah.
Make Ahead Base
- 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
- 1 tbs salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 6 cups flour
- 2 cups base mix
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup shortening (I use Spectrum, from Whole Foods seems less gross and works fine)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Peter Pan)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg