Seven Days of Holiday Cookies: Day 1

It's official.  Christmas is ONE WEEK away!  I love this time of year, despite the stress that can often accompany it. It can be easy to feel frantic this time of year -- too much advertising, shopping, and rushing around -- when we should just be focusing on what's really important: family, friends and cookies...lots and lots of cookies!

Each day until the 25th, we will feature a new cookie recipe -- some including our nut butters and others that just sounded delicious! Luckily, we have friends who love receiving plates of cookies, or else we'll be full to the brim with cookies by the 25th :)

First up...

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from Deb at Smitten Kitchen 

Whenever I want to make a foolproof delicious recipe, I go to Smitten Kitchen.  She has oodles of beautiful photos and recipes that are classics with a twist!  And the best part about her blog is that all of the magic happens in a tiny little kitchen, just like ours!

1 1/4 all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup Wild Squirrel Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter (or any of our flavors!)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and the salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy.  Add the sugars and beat until smooth.  Add the egg and mix well.  Add the milk and the vanilla extract.  Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly.  Stir in Wild Squirrel Peanut Butter and chocolate chips.  Place 1 TBS sugar for sprinkling on a plate.  Drop the rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar and roll until coated.  Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving room for the cookies to expand!

Now the fun part...use a fork and lightly indent with a criss-cross pattern, but do not overly flatten the cookies!  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  The cookies may appear underdone, but don't worry they aren't!

Cool the cookies on the sheet and then remove to a rack to cool completely.


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