There's my father's southern drawl in me ;) I've never been down south, but I definitely would love to visit. First of all, it's my father's birthplace as well as my grandfather's. It would be nice to see their home towns. I also heard the people down south are very warm and hospitable. And apparently they're known for their fried chicken, too ;)
Well, as a girl from the Midwest, I'm not really too good at frying chicken (or frying anything for that matter), but I do enjoy baking! Maybe one day I'll try to tackle fried chicken, but for now I'll stick with my good ol' cookies. Recently I found a great recipe from Chef in Training. I'm telling you right now that I don't like sugar cookies (GASP!). I know - crazy... But this, guys, is amazing! The peanut butter really gives your typical sugar cookie recipe a pop of perfection. It's a great recipe for beginners - simple ingredients and easy to make.
Of course, when I bake I just have to take pictures of my work - I mean, come on! After all that work you need something to show off even after the cookies are devoured ;) Aren't they pretty? ⭐
Here's a little tip even before we get started - prepare the dough in advance (you can keep it in the refrigerator or freezer). This way, if you want to serve them fresh but won't have time to do all the prep that day, you'll be prepared. Just take the dough out of the fridge, let it soften just a bit, cut out some shapes and put it in the oven. Another great idea, which will both take some stress off of you and make a great party activity, is to prepare the dough in advance and have your guests cut them into whatever shapes they choose. When the cookies come out of the oven, let them decorate their own cookies with chocolate glaze and sprinkles! What a blast!
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