Charlie brown's peanut cookies

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Double-acting baking powder
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
½ pounds (2 sticks) butter
1 cup Dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 \N Eggs (leave 1 egg whole and separate the other) 1 tsp. water 10 ounces

(2-¼ cups) salted peanuts (dry roasted), chopped medium fine Scant ¾ cup smooth (not chunky) peanut butter 4 ounces (⅔ cup) semisweet chocolate morsels

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon and set aside.

In the large bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter. Add the sugar and beat to mix. Beat in 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk. On low speed gradually add the sifted dry ingredients, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula and beating only until thoroughly mixed.

Place a long piece os wax paper on the work surface. Divide the dough into 36 equal mounds on the wax paper. Use a heaping teaspoonful for each mound. Flour your hands and roll each mound into a round ball.

Place on waxed paper.

Preheat the oven to 375. Cut aluminum foil to fit cookie sheets.

In a small, shallow bowl, beat the reserved egg white with the water, beating until foamy.

Place the chopped peanuts on a long piece of aluminum foil or wax paper. Pick up a cookie and use your fingers to roll it around in the egg white and then place it on the chopped nuts. Roll it around and coat thoroughly. Coat 4 or 5 cookies at a time. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on the cut aluminum foil.

Form a depression in the top of each cookie, either with the handle of a large wooden spoon or your thumb. Make the depression rather deep and wide but not so deep that you make the bottom of the cookie too thin.

Place a generous ½ tsp. of the peanut butter in each indentation.

Place about 5 or 6 chocolate morsels on the top of each cookie, pressing them slightly.

Bake for 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool 1 to 2 minutes on sheet. When at room temperature refrigerate briefly to set the chocolate.

From: Maida Heatter's Book of Great Cookies Shared By: Pat Stockett

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