Monday, April 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Chewies

Peanut Butter Chewies

Makes about 4 dozen.

Appropriately named, these cookies are chewier than your typical peanut butter cookie. Personally, I like the addition of the chocolate chips, but do whichever you prefer!
Source: Best-Loved Cookies cookbook

1 Butter Flavor Crisco stick or 1 Butter Flavor Crisco all-vegetable shortening
1-1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1-1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 can (14-oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2 t. vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1-1/2 c. pecans OR chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine 1 cup shortening, peanut butter, and sugar in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in eggs, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix into shortening mixture at low speed until just blended. Stir in pecans or chocolate chips, if using.

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Do not overbake. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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