Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Coffee Hour Favorite, Susan Price’s Peanut Butter Cookies

If you enjoy the cookies during Sunday Coffee Hours at the University Gathering chances are good that the cookies were provided by Susan Price. Nearly every Sunday Susan brings in cookies, often homemade.
Susan is one of the many volunteers who make Coffee Hour possible. Several of our members bring homemade or store bought treats each week, or make donations to the Fellowship Committee to sustain Coffee Hour. Dedicated members of the Spiffy Club stay after second service each week to clean-up. So, if you see Susan, other bearers of baked goods, or members of the Spiffy Club, please thank them for their hard work and generous donations that make the fellowship that happens during Coffee Hour possible.
Would you like to help out with Coffee Hour? You’re welcome to come early or stay late and pop into the kitchen and offer to lend a hand. Or, drop off some baked good or healthy treats to share. We provide fair trade coffee and tea each week, and welcome your contribution to offset the costs of Coffee Hour—just drop some money in the collection basket next to the coffee urns. And, if you’d like to volunteer to help prepare coffee on a regular basis, contact Heidi Magi ( Interested in joining the Spiffy Club?, drop Carol Slavic a note (
See you at Coffee Hour this Sunday! And, in the meantime, here’s Susan’s delicious recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies, adapted from the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book …one of her many specialties.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar or 1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Mix the butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. If necessary, cover and chill dough until easy to handle.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in additional granulated sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten by making crisscross marks with the tines of a fork. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Makes about 36 cookies.

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