Cookies, cookies and more cookies. Starting around Thanksgiving I start stocking up for my cookie marathon for Christmas. It’s a tradition to bake at least six different kinds and mix it up with chocolate covered pretzels and chex mix.
For 25 years I’ve made cookies to share and give as gifts. It’s what my kids know and have come to depend on during the holidays. This was especially evident in the excitement I heard as my youngest Marine Corp opened his care package the week before Christmas.
I took a full container to work (Hamilton Color Lab) everyday the week before Christmas to and shared them with my co-workers and customers. Every night I came home with an empty container. I swear some customers came in just for the cookies. Which made my day!
This is the easiest recipe you will find, and I should really make them year round, but then they wouldn’t be so special around the holidays.
Ingredients (I believe this is even gluten free)
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- Hershey kisses
- Combine the peanut butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well.
- Mixture will will thicken as it sits but can be refrigerated to ease handling
- Roll into 1″ balls
- Bake at 350F for 8 minutes (this results in a really nice soft cookie)
- Remove from oven and press a Hershey Kiss into the middle
- Let set on cookie pan and remove to rack to cool
- The chocolate will soften from the heat of the cookie but will return to it’s normal consistency within a few hours so give them some time before packaging or bagging.
Some of my favorites over the years include (it’s my goal to include recipes for all of these)
- Cake Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Chip
- Double Chocolate Chip
- Molasses spice cookies
- Oatmeal chocolate chip
- Candy Cane
- Lemon Sugar Cake Cookie
- Chocolate Peppermint
- Butter Spritz Cookies
- 5 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes (faithfulprovisions.com)
- 11th Day of Christmas: Homemade Peanut Cookie Candy Bars (thiscountrygirlcooks.com)
- Favorite Finds 12.22.12 // Cookie Coma (lifesabowl.com)
- Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies (collegiateculinaire.wordpress.com)
- Loaded Chewy Chocolate Cookies (backforsecondsblog.com)
- Christmas Cookies #3…Bar Cookies (foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com)