Grandma's Peanut Butter Stars Cookies

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The recipe is the same as my peanut butter cookies with the delightful addition of Brach's chocolate stars**. Honestly, I can't decide which I like better!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsalted Land O'Lakes butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup Jiff creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Brachs chocolate stars**

Also need: Small bowl with white sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, brown sugar
  3. Add one egg at a time, add vanilla
  4. Add baking powder, salt, soda. Add one cup flour and lightly blend. Add another cup of flour, blend lightly again. Add the remaining 1/2 cup
  5. Put a piece of parchment paper on your cookie sheets. Using a cookie scoop, add to sugar bowl and roll around until coated. Place on sheet
  6. Place a chocolate star in the center of each cookie and press down lightly
  7. Bake for 5 minutes. Open oven and turn the sheet around. Bake for another 3 minutes*

* Note that they will look barely baked at this point. Let them sit on the pan and finish baking, another 2-3 minutes. Move to wire baking rack.

** Don't replace these with Hershey's kisses!! The tips of the kisses burn and the chocolate doesn't fully melt. They are a weak substitute for stars and frankly, I'd do without before I used kisses.

DO let these cool completely before stacking in a container or the chocolate will smear.

NUTRITION: BASED ON 48 COOKIES

156 calories per cookie, 8g total fat, 19mg cholesterol, 482mg sodium, 0mg potassium, 17g carbs, 3g protein