Sunday, September 25, 2005

Rudolph Cookies

These cookies have always been a hit when I have brought them to any type of functions with young and old. We bring in cookies to the Education Center I work at and they are usually one of the first to go along with my sugar cookies. They take a little work but are well worth it. Just be careful about bringing them to fuctions with any children because they are peanut cookies and some people have a food allergy to peanuts. I usually mark them as peanut butter cookies. I usually double the recipe when I make these. The honey makes them a nice moist peanut- butter cookie.

Rudolph's Peanut-Butter Cookies

1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
64 small pretzels
32 small red gumdrops
Semisweet chocolate pieces

Beat margarine or butter and peanut butter for 30 seconds. Add half the flour., sugar, honey, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat till thoroughly combined. Stir in the remaining flour. Stir in peanuts. Cover and chill 1 hour or till easy to handle.

Work with half the dough at a time., keeping the rest refrigerated. Using 1 tablespoon, shape into triangle about 2 1/2 inches long and 2 inches wide at end of triangle on a ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly press pretzels antlers into sides at wide end of triangle. Add gumdrop noses and chocolate pieces for eyes.

Bake in a 375 F. degree oven 7 to 8 minutes or till bottom are lightly browned. Let cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Carefully remove to rack to cool. Makes 32.

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