Day 360 ~ asterisks

Day 360 ~ asterisks

My Christmas asterisks. As in, I never got around to decorating the sugar cookies. But I will.

I look at that number “360″ and can’t believe I’m this close to wrapping up my 365 project.

Day 352 ~ little soldiers

Day 352 ~ little soldiers

These are my mom’s delicious peanut butter blossoms.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
More granulated sugar for dipping
24 Hershey kisses

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the sugars, butters, and shortening. Add the egg and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients just until blended.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the granulated sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place a kiss in the center of each cookie. Move to cooling rack, and cool until the kisses cool completely.

Makes 24 cookies.

(The recipe originally called for removing the cookies from the oven about halfway through, placing the kisses in the center of the cookies, and returning them to the oven for the remaining baking time, but my mom stopped doing that a long time ago. They turn out just fine using the new method.)