Nutty for Christmas Cookies

It’s the 9th day before Christmas and this is one of the ones I was looking forward to the most. Peanut butter is one of my all-time favorite flavors (perfect for anytime of the year!). I’m a day late on getting this post up and it might happen more than this once. Life always gets a little crazy, in a good way, around Christmas for me. Balancing life already and the addition of cookie making daily can be a challenge but it’s also one of the most rewarding additions to my life this time of year. Cookie making is a comfort to me. It’s a warm hug of traditions and a way of focusing on the joys of sugar instead of stress.

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For real, peanut butter is amazing. The gooey salty mix is used in our house from anything to a quick snack with apples to cookies. Our tried and true peanut butter cookie recipe contains peanut butter in the dough while this recipe (found in Taste of Home Magazine’s Christmas Cookies) has chopped peanuts in the dough and peanut butter in the frosting. Our family loved the additional texture with the peanuts and the frosting added an additional fudgy layer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped lightly salted peanuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Gradually add flour and baking powder; mix well. Fold in oats and peanuts (we like to add additions such as peanuts or chocolate chips by hand to avoid overmixing).

Focus on the joys of sugar instead of stress

Drop by teaspoonful onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on edges. We turn ours halfway through to make sure they are cooked evenly but this will vary on the oven being used.

Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost using the recipe below.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 to ½ cup milk

Frosting Directions:

Beat peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, and 1/3 cup milk. Add milk until desired consistency is reached.

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