Joe's favorite peanut butter cookies Yield: 48 cookies A super-easy-to-make, very tender cookie. You can freeze half the dough to take out later and bake. Joe, 7, is crazy over anything made with peanut butter. From sandwiches to cookies, if it has peanut butter on it, he'll eat it. -- Patrick Judd 1 cup vegetable shortening 1 cup smooth peanut butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together the shortening, peanut butter, vanilla extract, granulated sugar, brown sugar and eggs. 2. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed. 3. Form dough with your hands to make a smooth mass. Pinch off enough dough to make 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Press each dough ball with a fork to make a crisscross pattern. 4. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly colored. Remove from pan onto cooling racks.
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