Choco Peanut Butter Dreams

Choco Peanut Butter Dreams
Makes about 6 dozen cookies

1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy or chunk-style peanut butter
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) margarine, softened
1/3 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
4 teaspoons vegetable shortening
1/3 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat brown sugar, peanut butter and margarine until fluffy. Blend in water, egg and vanilla. Add combined oats, flour and baking soda; mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Using bottom of glass dipped in sugar, press into 1/4-inch thick circles. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

In saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate pieces and shortening, stirring until smooth.* Top each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon melted chocolate; sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Chill until set. Store tightly covered.

NOTE: *Microwave Directions: Place chocolate pieces and shortening in microwavable bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute and then every 30 seconds until smooth.