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Show some love with these easy-to-make sweet treats

• Jan 13, 2016 at 10:15 AM

 One of my favorite memories of cooking with my Memaw are when we would make all of our tasty Christmas candies!

Every year a few days before Christmas, we would stay up all night up to our elbows in melted chocolate and sticky peanut butter. By the end, we would have a bellyache from “taste-testing” all our trays full of sweet homemade snacks!

These goodies are also perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday to show some love straight from your kitchen.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Roll up golf ball-sized cookie dough balls and place on greased pan. Take a fork with flour and make an “x” on each dough ball, pressing it down to look more like a cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Coconut Macaroons

1 bag shredded coconut
1 8 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Create small clumps of mixture and place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake until coconut starts to turn golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from paper.

Peanut Butter Cups

1/​3 cup peanut butter
1/​4 cup powder sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/​2 lb. melting chocolate
1/​2 cup peanut butter
Bon Bon cups

Blend 1/​3 cup peanut butter with powdered sugar and vanilla. Using 1/​2 tsp. for each, shape into balls. Combine melted chocolate and 1/​2 cup peanut butter. Spoon just enough mixture into each Bon Bon cup to cover bottom. Place 1 peanut butter ball into each cup. Cover each ball with remaining chocolate.

Hay Stacks

2 (11 oz.) packages butterscotch morsels
1 can chow mein noodles
1 cup salted peanuts

Melt morsels in double boiler. Remove from heat when all are melted. Stir in noodles and peanuts. Drop teaspoon fulls onto waxed paper. Let cool.

Kingsport’s Dresdan Robbins is a community columnist for the Kingsport Times-News.

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