Peanut Butter Cookies

As much as I love spending time with my kiddos without a schedule or care in the world, I have found myself craving that schedule again. Christmas Break has come to and end and the kids are back in school. Zach (11yr old) mentioned last night that he doesn't want to go back, he'd rather play board games with the family some more, Caden (9) couldn't wait to see friends, and Hadley (6) was so worried that her gal pal Ruby wouldn't even remember who she was because it had been too long- funny girl! None the less, they are off and I am here. I do feel as though I finally have a minute or two to do some blogging (...while my Christmas decor sits in piles waiting to be put away...yes, I'm stalling).  To celebrate the new semester and ring in the first day of school in 2016, we made some peanut butter cookies last night...a little something to look forward to for after school snack if you will. A good after school snack usually brings out all sorts of info about how the day went- grades, friends, the latest..bake and gather and learn the scoop. It's the secret for success in this department.
Enough of my babbling, here's the recipe, it comes from the Lion House Classics cook book.

5 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter

3/4 cup shortening

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups brown sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup peanut butter

Pre-heat oven to 350

Line your cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper

Cream together butter, shortening, sugars & vanilla 

Add eggs and mix well

Stir in peanut butter

Add all other ingredients and mix until incorporated

Scoop dough to cookie sheet

Using a fork dipped in flour, flatten each cookie slightly making a crisscross pattern.

Bake 8-9 minutes (whatever you do, don't over bake)

Makes about 5 dozen or so.

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