Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

It's that time of the year when we all start thinking about COOKIES. This is not a normal Christmas cookie but are great anytime. Do you have a cookie swap you are hosting or attending this year? I have one next week and I'll share that recipe later.

These are big, chewy sugar-topped cookies for peanut butter fans of all ages.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
3 dozen large - 6 dozen regular size
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1 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Beat butter and peanut butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well. Add eggs, beating well.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Cover and chill dough 3 hours. Overnight is better.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls; place 3-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Dip fork in additional sugar; flatten cookies in a crisscross design.

4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.

NOTE: For smaller cookies, shape dough into 1-inch balls, and bake 6 to 7 minutes. Makes 6 dozen.