Happy May Day

Today being May Day, have you surprised someone with a May basket? This is always a fun activity.

You need some flowers, which can be any kind, maybe even the little violets coming into bloom this time of year. Then you need to place them in a container which you have made out of construction paper and decorated. Add a handle for hanging on a neighbor’s door. Some like to add other small gifts besides flowers in the baskets.

The really fun part is when you go up to the door nice and quiet, ring the door bell, and run away. Then when the neighbor comes to the door, he or she finds your lovely basket of flowers, looks around, and probably says, “I wonder where these came from?” Your neighbor will be so surprised. The trick is to not let your neighbor see you! If you get caught, you are supposed to get a kiss.

For your small gift to add to the May basket, why not wrap some of the cookies from the recipe below? They will add a really special touch to your May Basket.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1’2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

In mixing bowl, place softened butter and the sugars. Beat until well creamed. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Blend in dry ingredients.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. With spoon, scoop small amount of dough and shape by hand into a ball. Place rolled dough on lightly greased baking sheet about 3 inches apart. Dip fork into flour and flatten each cookie with a crisscross pattern.

Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

You may even want to double this recipe because it is really very good!