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Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Serves: 20
Prep. Time: 0:45

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped peanuts - optional

-In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
-In a separate bowl, cream together sugars and shortening; beat in peanut butter, then the egg, then the vanilla.
-Slowly beat dry mixture into wet mixture; fold in peanuts, if desired.
-Roll dough into walnut-sized balls, place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2" apart, and press tops down slightly with a fork in a criss-cross pattern.
-Bake in a 275 degree oven for 12-16 minutes; do not to overcook.
-Allow to cool on pan for 1 minute, then cool completely on a rack before storing in an airtight container.

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