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Betty Crocker's Peanut Butter Cookies

This is my favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.  I've tried many but this is the one I always come back to.

1/2 cup shortening (can use half butter or margarine, softened or can use all softened margarine)
1/2 cup peanut butter (I prefer smooth and creamy)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
*1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
*3/4 teaspoon soda
*1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1/4 teaspoon salt

* If using self-rising flour, omit soda, baking powder and salt.

Mix thoroughly shortening, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and egg.  Blend in flour, soda, baking powder and salt.  Cover and chill.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.  With fork dipped in flour, flatten in crisscross pattern to 2 inches.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not hard.  (I sometimes dip my fork into granulated sugar instead of the flour.  It makes the cookies shine even after they are baked).

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.  I always double this recipe because they don't last long.

Instead of having a plain peanut butter cookie, I sometimes place a Hershey's Kiss on the top of the cookies or stir in chocolate chips or plain M & M's into the cookie dough.  It makes them taste more like a Reese's Peanut Butter cup.

I am Leaving Entrecard

After much consideration and thought, I am leaving Entrecard along with my husband, Chilly on October 5th. 
We do not feel Entrecard is giving enough credit to those who have worked to earn credits to place their widget on our blogs.  We also do not agree or like the fact Entrecard can put whatever kind of ad. they want there as well. 
All of you, who have placed ads on my blog. will continue to run but I will not be accepting any further new ones.  I appreciate all of you visiting my blog and leaving comments to me.  I really enjoy coming to all of your blogs as well and will continue to visit.  My blog will remain active and I will continue to add new things to it.
Thank you again and I hope to see all of you even after October 5th. 

Warm Spiced Tea

Now that the cooler weather is approaching, I really enjoy a warm drink in place of my usual glass of iced tea. Below are a couple of recipes I use in the fall and winter. They are wonderful when you have a get together with your family and friends. I really like them when I'm not feeling well.

This recipe can be made up and stored in a air tight container for the whole fall and winter season...if it lasts that long.

Instant Spiced Tea
3/4 cup instant tea with lemon
2 cups Tang
1 package sweetened lemonade KoolAid
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 3/4 cup sugar

Mix together and store in air tight container. To serve, use 2 teaspoons mix for each cup of hot water. If you want it stronger, increase to taste. Serve with a slice of orange or a cinnamon stick.

Instant Hot Chocolate
6 oz. jar powdered cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar or 2 teaspoons Sweet N Low
8 quarts size powdered milk
2 lb. box chocolate drink mix such as Nestle Quik

Mix together and store in air tight container. Use 1/3 cup mix to one cup boiling water. Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows.
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