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Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cup flour
1 scant teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (if you use salted butter,
omit the 1/4 tsp salt)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, room temp
1/2 cup coarsely ground salted peanuts

In a bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine butter
and sugars. Beat until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat until blended.
Mix in dry ingredients until well blended. Blend in peanut butter.
Cover bowl and place in refrigerator 15 minutes to firm. Divide dough in
thirds and form into logs 5 inches long and about 2 inches in diameter. Spread
ground peanuts on waxed paper or a rimmed baking sheet and roll logs in
peanuts, pressing them gently into dough. Wrap logs in plastic and
refrigerate 2 hours until firm. Place a rack in the middle of oven and preheat
to 325. Line 2 baking shees with parchment paper or Silpat mats. Cut logs
crosswise into 1/3 inch slices. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets.
bake 1 tray at a time until edges of cookies are lightly colored about 12-15
minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then remove wire
racks.�




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