Thursday, February 14

valentine's day treat

Valentine's day isn't a big deal in our household. It's not that we don't like love but don't necessarily think that one day out of the year should represent how we feel about each other (cheesy, I know). But it also falls not to long after Jake's birthday and just before our (dating) anniversary so it's ends up feeling like just another day to spend money. So, we usually spend it doing something simple and enjoyable together. Tonight you can find us watching a lovey dovey movie at home. Although, I do love having a reason to bake and what is Valentine's day (or any day) without chocolate. Here is an easy and yummy Valentine's day treat to share!

I originally saw these on here and decided to use the delicious peanut butter blossom recipe from our family cookbook. (Have I told you about our family cookbook, yet? I'll share some more details at a later date but needless to say, it is awesome and chuck full of our families favorite recipes. You can even purchase one for yourself, just click here. I promise you will not be disappointed.) Ok, back to the cookies.

What you'll need:
1 bag of chocolate hearts
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for coating)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Start by pre-heating your oven to 375 degrees.  Next, put the shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl and mix until well blended. Then, add the sugars and beat until fluffy.

Add the egg, milk and vanilla; mix well. Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually mix into the peanut butter mixture until combined.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove from oven and immediately press the chocolate heart in the center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack and let them cool completely.

Now enjoy!

You've can substitute the chocolate heart for any of your favorite chocolate candy. They're simple and delicious. Who doesn't love peanut butter and chocolate together. But be warned, it's hard to eat just one of them.

I hope you are having a blessed Valentine's Day and remember that regardless of your relationship status, each one of you is dearly loved!

Until next time...

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