Tuesday, May 5, 2009


When the girls were in school, I did a lot of baking. I was home fulltime, so I baked bread every week; and we always had cookies in the house for lunches and snacks. After Julie started kindergarten and I got a job, I usually baked on Saturdays although there were some evenings I was baking cookies after supper so that those lunch bags would have a treat in them.

On Sunday while Audrey and I were stitching and gabbing a mile a minute, she suggested printing a cookie recipe every week. Hey, who doesn't love a cookie! I mean we all talk about cutting back on sweets, dieting, and exercise; and I'm a work in progress on all of those. But put me in front of a plate a cookies, and it's hard to hold back.

Mom had cookie recipes that she used only at Christmastime and then there were everyday cookie recipes. There were days when I'd come home from school, and she would have warm cookies from the oven on the kitchen shelf. Mom was the type to do her housework in the morning and spend the afternoon on fun stuff, so it was a treat that she would mess up the kitchen so that we could have warm cookies after school. Anyway, this is a recipe that I tried last Christmas; but I think it's one that I would use as an everyday cookie. It's too good to wait for once a year.

Chocolate Thumbprints
1/2 cup butter-flavor Crisco
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk
1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened baking chocolate melted and cooled
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Cream Filling
2 tablespoons butter-flavor Crisco
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For cookies, combine shortening, sugar, milk vanilla, egg yolk; beat until well blended. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Combine flour and salt and mix in; add chips. Shape dough into 1" balls and place 2" apart on greased baking sheet. Press thumb gently in center of each cookie. Bake at 350° for about 8 minutes. Press center again with small measuring spoon. Remove to cooling rack.

For filling, combine Crisco and peanut butter; add confectioner's sugar and stir well. Add milk and vanilla and stir until smooth. Fill cooled cookies. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

And here's food for thought from Audrey: When things go from bad to worse, keep a cookie in your purse.


Sue said...

I agree! Who doesn't love a good cookie recipe! This one looks great too. Thank you so much for sharing and for sharing the memories of when you were a kid!

Shakerwood said...

I am in the same pickle. I love cookies and making them for my family....something just so warm and inviting about the smell of fresh cookies BUT we are trying to cut out most carbs and sugar. I guess once in a while wouldn't hurt.

Melanie said...

I'm definitely a cookie girl. Neat memories to share of your Mom. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Mandi @ Sweetly Home said...

Haha, I love the thought from Audrey. I can definatly see her saying that. And I can attest to the fact that you are a world class baker. One of my favorite memories is Valentine's Day my first year of Masters. You sent me a big package of frosted pink heart cookies. I was definatly the hit that day!

Lea said...

Mmmmmm... sounds very yummy. I might need to try this recipe for my very hungry 11 years old son.

Jennifer said...

I think this is a great idea. I can't wait to see what you pick each week.

Kim said...

Thanks for the recipe! I like making cookies also, so I will definitely be trying these. I like Audrey's thought, sounds good to me!

cammy said...

Chocolate and peanut butter.....two of my favorite things. This is one I will definitely try. Thanks for sharing.