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Vanilla Salted Peanut Cookies


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I am a cookie lover, so I’m always on the look-out for new cookie recipes that inspire me and make me drool. When I was a kid, my mother never made a lot of different cookies. She had her repertoire, especially around the holidays, and it was always the same cookies. My mother loved to cook and she was a wonderful cook, but she wasn’t all that adventurous about it. She knew everybody’s favorites and stuck with them, sure to please. Sometimes I think my kids wish I would be a little less adventurous and just bake their favorites.

But I can’t help myself. I have to try new things.

I came across this recipe, chock-full of raisins and coconut, so much so that my kids would turn up their noses and roll their eyes and possibly die. I plucked out the vanilla and peanutty goodness, drawn to the opposites-attract combination of sweet and salty, to come up with this adaption that makes everyone happy.

Especially me. A little bit adventurous, and a little bit safe. A win-win!

How to make Vanilla Salted Peanut Cookies:

3/4 cup shortening
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups salted, roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 375-degrees. In a large bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.

This meant more fun with my new-old KitchenAid.

I used the whisk. Maybe I should have used the flat beater. I’m still figuring out the KitchenAid.

Add brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat again, scraping sides. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.

There is a lot of vanilla in this cookie. I love vanilla.

Add flour; beat. Stir in oats and peanuts.

There are a lot of peanuts in this cookie, too. I love peanuts. This recipe is perfect.

Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375-degrees for 7-9 minutes. Cool. Devour.

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen, depending on size.

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  1. 9-11

    Wow! Those look great! I have to try them. We like peanuts!

  2. 9-11

    Mmmm, salty and sweet. I bet they would taste good chocked full of coconut and raisins, too ūüôā

    Yes, I think the flat beater (should be called a batter beater) would work better. Use the whisk for whipping — meringues, frostings, whip cream, glazes.

  3. 9-11

    These look soooo good! I’m going to try them. Thanks CindyP for the info on the mixer, i have a kitchen aide too but the beaters/hooks/whisk part holds me back sometimes!

  4. 9-11

    Suzanne, according to my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Cookbook (it has a page on Using your KitchenAid Attachments)

    Flat Beater for normal to heavy mixtures:
    cakes, creamed frostings, candies, cookies, pie pastry, biscuits, quick breads, meat loaf, and mashed potatoes.

    Wire Whip for mixtures that need air incorporated:
    eggs, egg whites, heavy cream, boiled frostings, sponge cakes, angel food cakes, mayonnaise, some candies.

    PowerKnead Spiral Dough Hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs: breads, rolls, pizza dough, coffee cakes, buns.

    It’s a very handy little book that also includes a page on the Speed Control Guide. I use this book often. I purchased it online from the KitchenAid website, but they no longer offer it. However still DOES offer it. I found used copies as low as under $4 at:

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