I absolutely hate public speaking. It’s truly painful for me. With that in mind, I have the good fortune of participating in a company-wide Toastmasters’ club. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but wait, doesn’t it? What’s the best way to get over your fear or loathing of something? Do it all the time? Apparently.
It just so happens that my nearly year of lunch time speaking (with friends) offered me the opportunity to give a speech last week. And with the Christmas season upon us, I couldn’t ignore the elephant in the room: Christmas baking. Everyone I work with knows I love to bake. I’ve done my fair share to fatten them up over the past year and a half with my baked goods. So what better way to spend my speech than showing them HOW to bake one of my favorite Christmas cookies? Lucky (or maybe more accurately unluckily) for you, we also RECORDED my speech, so I get to relive my nightmare over and over again. As do you. I figured it would be fun to actually post a baking demo on my baking related site. So enjoy and cringe along with me!
I actually used the exact recipe from Hershey’s (you can find it here). But for blogging sake, I’ll write out the recipe below!
1/2 Cup Shortening
3/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Milk
1 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
Addition 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
Preheat oven to 375.
1. Mix the peanut butter and shortening until light and fluffy. (I like to use a hand mixer for this step, makes the ‘light and fluffy’ part fool proof).
2. Incorporate the sugars into the batter.
3. Add in the egg and milk and mix until combined.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix ingredients well, then slowly add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture. The dough will take on a firm form (perfect for rolling into balls).
5. Roll dough into 1 or 2inch balls (I used a tablespoon to help this process). Roll the balls in the additional sugar, then line them on a baking sheet.
6. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes (the outer edges of cookies should be ‘cracking’). As soon as they are out of the oven, stick the Hershey Kisses right in the middle.
7. Move the cookies from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool.
I hope everyone gives these a go, they truly are the easiest cookies and boy are they delish! Happy Baking!