Wednesday, December 22

25 Days of Christmas in Cookies

Day 22: Heath Bits Peanut Butter Cookies
      Recipe found in Favorite Brand Name Baking

     1/2 cup shortening
     3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
     1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
     3 Tbsp milk
     1 Tbsp vanilla extract
     1 egg
     1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
     3/4 tsp baking soda
     3/4 tsp salt
     1 8oz package Heath Bits, divided

   Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
   Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
   In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla until well blended.  
   Gradually beat the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture.
   Stir in 1 cup of the Heath bits and reserve the rest for topping.
   Drop by heaping teaspoons about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Top each with the reserved bits. 
   Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 to 8 minutes or until set. Do not over-bake these cookies. Cool on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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