Today I was excited to have my Mom from Iowa and my Aunt helping me bake. I hosted a Cookie Bake/Exchange where we spent the day baking several different types of cookies that we later divided between us. This was a great start to our Christmas baking!
We had a pretty good system down, one of us scooped out cookies, one ran the oven and the other frosting. It is amazing how much you can get accomplished with several people in the kitchen! This is a new tradition that I hope to continue every year and hopefully more of our family will join.
I decided to put together a little gift for my Mom and Aunt and thought that an oven mit, hand towel, Recipe cards and stickers that say “from the kitchen of” were a perfect Cooking Baking gift. This would make a fun teacher, friend, or hostess gift even.
Today for our 20 Days of Christmas Cookies I am sharing the cookie that my Mom brought the ingredients to make today. It is one of my families all time favorites so we made 13 dozen of them today!
- 2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 75 Brach's Milk Chocolate Stars
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- Beat together butter, peanut butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla until well blended. Scrape bowl.
- Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
- Form dough into 1” balls, and roll in ¾ cup sugar to coat.
- Place on prepared baking sheets, 1” apart; bake for 8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and quickly press 1 Milk Chocolate Star into center of each cookie.
- Return to oven; bake for 3-4 minutes (or longer if you prefer crispier cookies).
- Let cool completely on wire racks. Store, tightly covered, up to four days.