|Exhibit A. Attempt to create a festive Christmas card (see Exhibit B).|
I hope everyone is having fun getting ready for Christmas!
Yields 4 dozen
For the cookies:
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tbsp. milk (I used 2%)
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
Small chocolate chips
Regular-sized red M&M's
Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl or in the bowl of a standing mixer. Beat at low to medium speed until well blended. Add egg, and beat until just lightly blended.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the peanut butter mixture at low speed. After dough is combined, wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1.5-inch balls. To make the cookies reindeer-shaped, pinch the bottom of the dough ball slightly to form a point, and then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 1.5-inches to 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet, and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set and beginning to lightly brown.
Remove from oven, and immediately gently press two pretzels into the cookies for the reindeer's antlers. Press two chocolate chips pointy side down for the eyes, and then add a M&M for the nose.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Source: Adapted from Baker Girl and Jif