My contribution was my Peanut Butter Fingers cookies. Granddaughter helped me make two batches, one for the auction and one for us - because, you know, they are our favorite cookies! Don't worry, I'm sharing the recipe at the bottom of this post; they might turn out to be your favorite cookies too.
After baking them, spreading the melted chocolate chips across the top for frosting, and letting them cool, I mixed the glaze. The powdered sugar was lumpy, and I never did get all of the little tiny lumps out. I also added too much milk. I quickly decided that that batch of glaze was going on our own batch of the cookies.
When I started over with the second batch of glaze, I was wishing for a sifter for the powdered sugar. My solution was to run it through my spice grinder (an electric coffee bean grinder that was given to me by a good friend years ago). It worked great and gave me super-fine powdered sugar. I added one less teaspoon of milk, and then spooned it into a sandwich baggie. By cutting off a corner of the bag, I could squeeze the glaze out into a nice, neat cross-hatch pattern. I'm glad I did ours first so that this one looked so nice.
I cut them neatly and layered them on the glass plate I'd bought at a local thrift shop; I felt that a paper plate just wouldn't do for a fundraiser where we hoped to raise lots of dollars.
There were six tables of baked goods, and a refrigerator full of cream pies. My plate of cookies was the first item auctioned off. The auctioneer talked it up big and mentioned the nice plate too.
The final bid was $275, and when we left just before the end of the auction, it was still the highest-selling item. I'm kind of proud of that.
Oh yes, ours tasted really good. Not as pretty, perhaps - you can see the tiny white lumps of powdered sugar in the glaze - but they were really good.
The Peanut Butter Fingers recipe has been a go-to in our family for years. My youngest daughter made this for the county fair in Michigan and won Best of Show; after we moved she made it again for the 4-H Food and Craft Fair here in Oklahoma and again won Best of Show. It's a simple recipe to make and oh, so good:
Peanut Butter FingersBar and Frosting:
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
6-oz pkg (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp peanut butter
3-5 tsp milk
Heat oven to 350°. Grease 9x13" pan. In a large bowl, combine all bar and frosting ingredients except chocolate chips at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes; spread evenly.
In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients; drizzle over chocolate frosting. Cool completely; cut into bars.
From Pillsbury's Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies Cookbook, copyright 1980
What is your family's favorite cookie recipe?
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