I'm giving my daughter Connie credit for this recipe because she brought it home to me one night after babysitting one of my sorority sister's children. It was during the Christmas holiday season. I understand that my sorority sister, Donna Carlson, had fresh baked cookies cooling on her kitchen counter; she told Connie that she was welcome to eat several. After the 'taste test' Connie copied the recipe and brought it home to me. I've made this recipe ever since and I now see it posted in a lot of places so many people bake these wonderful cookies too.
A little about my sorority sister. She is a very attractive blond gal whose one big goal was to own and live in a large beautiful home. The house they lived in Sioux Falls was a lovely home that they had renovated from a house with 'good bones' (so to speak) but it was a mess. Donna knew that when they sold it they would make a good profit and her plan was to continue doing that until she had the house of her dreams. I've totally lost touch with her but I think of her often and hope that she is living in that dream house!
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening (or butter)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 TBSP MILK
1 tsp. vanilla
About 48 milk chocolate candy kisses
Preheat oven to 375 degrees In large bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Add shortening (or butter) and peanut butter and mix until smooth. Add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Shape into balls (rounded teaspoon for each)
Roll balls in additional sugar
Place on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes
Remove from oven and immediately top each with unwrapped candy kiss - pressing down firmly as each cookie cracks around the edge.
Cool and enjoy.
Left: Ready to serve with a cup of Christmas Tea!
Right: Cooling on the kitchen counter.