Peanut Brittle Cookies

Don't bother with a cookie cutter. Break these cookies apart just like peanut brittle. This recipe can be doubled easily.
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped, salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
Preheat oven to 325°F.

Sift together the sifted flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg, mixing well. Gradually add the flour mixture and the 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts. Mix well.

Pat out the dough on a greased baking sheet to a 14x10-inch rectangle. Brush dough with the remaining beaten egg. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup peanuts evenly over the dough and gently press them into the surface of the dough.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Before cookies are cool, break into pieces.

Makes about 2 dozen medium-size cookies.

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