Sweet Treat Friday – Peanut Butter Treat Cookies

This cookie works in a pinch for after school snacks or treats on weekends when you don’t have any time on your hands. Not only can you switch up what you want in the cookie, it takes less than twenty minutes to put them together bake and eat them. Just pour the glass of milk and be ready, you’ll love them and the kids will too! I’ve made these with  M&M’s before and they’re great!

Triple Treat Cookies

They taste like peanut butter cookies, but with the addition to both chocolate chips (whatever kind you want) and the peanuts it becomes a really nice change from a plain old peanut butter cookie!

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening (room temp)
1 cup sugar plus more for shaping
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup salted peanuts (optional if you don’t like nuts)
1 (6 ounce pack) chocolate chips (white, dark, peanut butter or milk chocolate)  Or mix them up together it doesn’t really matter!

Preheat the oven to 350F
In a med. bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl beat the shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy. Blend in the peanut butter, and then add the dry ingredients. Stir in your choice of chocolate chips and nuts if using. Shape into 1 inch balls and place 3 inches apart on a baking sheet. Flatten with fork (like a peanut butter cookie criss cross) dipped in sugar or simple flatten by hand and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Let them cool a couple minutes before you remove them from the baking sheet, they tend to be very fragile until the cool.
Transfer to a flat plate to cool completely, and try not to eat the ones that crumble, though that is my favorite part!

Enjoy! Happy Friday!

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