When mixing the dough, follow a basic method for cookie making :
- 1/2 cup shortening (I like butter)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 oz. white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1+ 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
Roll dough into walnut-sized balls (unshelled walnuts), place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper leaving about an inch or two of space between them. Get a cup of hot water and a fork. Dip the fork into the hot water and shake off the excess, then flatten each cookie ball, leaving lines or criss-cross patterns on each cookie. Dip the fork into the water again if it starts to stick to the cookies.
Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes, until nicely browned. My mom doubles this recipe, and says that she uses 3/4 cup of white sugar when the recipe is doubled.