Peanut butter and wheat germ lace this flavorful cookie with rich nutrients.
Beat first 6 ingredients at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Combine flour and remaining 3 ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten cookie balls with the back of a fork, forming a crisscross pattern. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks, and cool completely.
Kissy Cookies: Shape cookies as directed, but do not flatten with a fork. Place a chocolate kiss in each cookie while it cools on cookie sheet. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Peanut Butter Fingers: Roll 1 inch balls of dough into 2 1/2 inch logs. Bake as directed. When logs are cool, dip 1 end of each cookie inot 1 1/2 cups melted semisweet chocolate morsels. Return cookies to wire racks, and let stand until chocolate is firm.
Note: A teaspoon measure gives you enough dough to shape into a 1 inch ball or a 2 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch log.
Christmas with Southern Living 1999