Just Cookies – the old fashioned kind

I had a request for these two terrific tried and true cookie recipes:

OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER

the plate belonged to my grandmother from Ireland

the plate belonged to my grandmother from Ireland (wouldn’t you know – a Jamaican doctor bird, my favourite).  Named because they’re so pretty they make you immediately feel better.

½ cup of smooth or crunchy peanut butter

½ cup butter

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar (or fine baker’s cane sugar)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

Optional – 1 pkg (300g) semi-sweet chocolate chips (or, use Reese’s chocolate peanut butter chips)

Heat oven to 350F.  In mixing bowl, cream together peanut butter & butter.

Gradually beat in sugars.  Blend in egg & vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir into peanut butter mixture.  Stir in chips if using.

Form heaping Tablespoons of dough into balls.  Place 1-2 inches apart onto 2 greased cookie sheets.  Flatten with fork.  Bake approx.. 10 minutes or until golden.

Cool cookies slightly; then move to wire rack.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL RAISIN:

oldfashionedoatmal(formerly known as writer’s block cookies)

1 cup butter, softened

1 ½ cups dark brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. allspice

2 cups rolled oats

1-2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cream butter until light and fluffy.  Gradually add sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla and 2 tsp. water and beat until smooth.

Sift dry ingredients together.  Add to the butter mixture and mix well.  Fold in oats and raisins.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving enough space for the cookies to spread out.  Bake approx. 10 minutes, until golden.

Makes about 2 dozen good size cookies

Photos: d. king

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