Peanut Blossom Cookies

Peanut Blossom Cookies

It’s just not Christmas without some Peanut Blossom Cookies. I’ll say right off the bat that I have no claim to this recipe other than the fact that I’ve eaten my weight in them over the years. Any combination of chocolate and peanut butter in the form of a cookie makes this southern boy very… [read more]

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