Peanut Butter and Molasses Cookies
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Into a large bowl mix together all ingredients. With mixer at medium speed, beat until well mixed, occasionally scraping bowl. With hands, shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls; place 3 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Dip a fork into sugar and press deeply into the cookie, first in one direction and then in the opposite direction making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in oven for about 11 minutes, or just until cookies are lightly browned. Do not over bake.
With a spatula immediately move the cookies to a wire cooling rack. Allow to cool ; store in a tightly covered container. Makes approximately 36 cookies.
The dough itself can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in an air-tight container.......just pull out as little or as much as you want at a time and bake away.
Now the house smells as good as it looks.....If you're excited that this season is upon us I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment letting me know what you do to get your home Autumn ready.
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