Peanut Butter Cookies

*Peanut Butter Cookies*
Makes 4 dozen, but they freeze very well

This is the peanutbutter cookie recipe that I have been making for years and years.  The perfect after school treat with a glass of cold milk.  They are also very good sandwiched together in pairs with strawberry or raspberry jam or nutella!  Oh so scrummy!

6 1/2 ounces vegetable shortening (1 cup)
7 ounces caster sugar (1 cup)
8 ounces soft light brown sugar (1 cup, packed)
2 large free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
9 1/2 ounces peanut butter (smooth or crunchy) (1 cup)
12 3/4 ounces plain flour (3 cups)
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
granulated sugar for rolling

Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Line a couple of baking sheets with some baking parchment.  Set aside.

Cream together the shortening, caster sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and peanut butter, until well mixed and fluffy.  Whisk together the flour, salt and  bicarbonage of soda.  Stir this into the creamed mixture, mixing it in well.  Put some granulated sugar into a bowl.  (You'll only need about 4 TBS)  Roll spoonful's of the batter into balls  and then roll them in the granulated sugar.  Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least an inch in between.  Using a fork, press them down in a criss cross design.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.