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       Title: Peanut Butter Cookies - Part 2
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 60 servings
  
            See directions
  
   Recipe by: St. Louis Post-Dispatch 10/21/96
      Place 2 oven racks in upper and lower third of oven.
      To prepare cookies: Sift together flour, baking soda and salt into small
   bowl. Whisk to combine well. Set aside.
      Beat sugars in mixing bowl until well-mixed. Add butter and peanut
   butter and beat several minutes until very smooth. Add egg and vanilla and
   beat until incorporated, scraping sides of bowl. Gradually beat in flour
   mixture at low speed until just incorporated. Scrape dough into a clean
   bowl; cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
     Preheat oven to 375 degrees at least 15 minutes before baking. Measure
   dough by using 1 1/4-inch cookie scoop or 2 level teaspoons dough. Roll
   between palms to form 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 1/2 inches apart on
   ungreased baking sheets. As soon as each ball is rolled, use index finger
   or wooden spoon handle to make a depression going down almost to baking
   sheet in center of each ball.
      Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and set. For even baking,
   rotate baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through
   baking period. Let cool on sheets for a few minutes or until firm enough to
   lift. Use small-angled metal spatula or pancake turner to transfer cookies
   to wire racks to cool completely. If necessary, while cookies are still
   hot, use greased wooden spoon handle to deepen depressions.
     Fill centers with milk chocolate topping or cherry preserves.
     To prepare chocolate topping: Melt chocolates in upper container of
   double boiler set over hot, not simmering, water on low heat. Remove upper
   container from heat before chocolate is fully melted and stir until
   blended. (Or microwave on High power, stirring every 10 seconds.)Whisk in
   softened butter. Mixture will thicken immediately. Do not overwhisk. Use
   resealable quart-size freezer bag with 1 corner cut off to pipe chocolate
   into cookie centers, or use small metal spatula to spread 1 dollop. Allow
   chocolate to set until firm before storing cookies in airtight containers.
   To prepare cherry preserves topping: In microwave oven or saucepan, heat
   preserves until boiling, about 3 minutes on the stove, stirring constantly.
   Strain jelly into small heavy saucepan. Place cherries that remain in
   strainer in centers of cookies. Boil jelly over medium heat about 5
   minutes, stirring constantly until, when dropped from spoon, last drops
   gather to form 1 large sticky drop that hangs from spoon. Jelly will reduce
   to about 3/4 cup. Allow jelly to cool about 1 minute or until bubbling
   stops. Spoon heaping 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon over each cherry.
  
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