Now that all the children are back in school, the one thing you hear most often when they arrive home is "What's to eat?" It's a natural for children to come home wanting a snack to hold them until dinnertime. The most traditional snack is cookies and milk. And since children love peanut butter, I have for you a interesting cookie that will be a hit with those that love cookies and peanut butter: "Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies".
This cookie isn't just any ordinary peanut butter cookie. This is one that is filled with peanut butter and that's the surprise! The cookie is made in an interesting way, too. Unlike most cookie recipes which require creaming butter or shortening with sugar, this one requires you to combine the dry ingredients first. To that, vegetable shortening and peanut butter are added and cut into the flour, much like making a pie crust. Then, you add light corn syrup and a small amount of milk to the mixture and mix until it forms a dough. The dough is then shaped into a roll and chilled.
After chilling the dough, it's sliced in 1/2 inch thick slices. Half of the slices are placed on baking sheets. Then each cookie is topped with peanut butter then covered with another slice of cookie dough. The edges are sealed with a fork and then, they're ready for baking. It's an easy recipe to make and makes about 2 dozen cookies.
You'll note that there are no eggs in the recipe, which is correct. It's surprising, but you won't need eggs to make this cookie. You won't even need a rolling pin, so that goes to show you that it's an easy recipe to do. And if you make these and have them ready in the afternoon with some cold milk, you'll have a happy bunch of school children!
Sometime ago, I did two articles on after-school snacks that included recipes that would please a hungry school child (or anyone else, for that matter!) To get the recipes, follow these links:
Have these ready when the children come stampeding inside, looking for a snack!
PEANUT BUTTER SURPRISE COOKIES
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup, such as Karo
- 1 tablespoon milk
- additional peanut butter for filling the cookies
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening and peanut butter until mixture resembles corn meal. Blend in the syrup and milk, combining to form a dough. Shape the dough into a 2-inch log. Wrap and chill until firm. Slice the roll into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place half of the slices on a ungreased baking sheet. Spread with 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter. Cover with remaining slices and seal edges with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Yield: about 2 dozen.