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I may never pick up a mixer again. Seriously.
(Ok, maybe not that seriously. But I’m pretty sure the mixer will try to run away if I do.)
I have never in my life performed a baking marathon, but yet, Saturday morning, (and um, Saturday afternoon, and oh yes, Saturday evening) there I was in my (well, my mother-in-law’s) kitchen, BAKING!
Only problem I ran into was that my MIL is not a baker. (I think it’s because she does not like messes, and baking can get a little messy. At least when I’m doing it. Which is probably why I did it while she’s out of town.) There just aren’t a lot of baking things available. Such as a lot of baking pans. Or mixing bowls. Specifically BIG mixing bowls. Because for just one cookie alone, I knew I was going to make over a hundred (mainly because my son had already requested I bake some for his Christmas party at school). The few baking items I own (mainly big plastic mixing bowls I think I got from my mom) are in storage. And if you were to see our storage unit, you would totally understand that there’s no way I was getting a spoon out of there, let alone a bowl. So, I had to improvise. The cheap plastic storage containers you buy at the grocery store quickly became my friends.
All in all, it was a good day, and Caleb even helped off and on. The end result was this.
Now, before you think I am absolutely crazy, this was something I really wanted to do to send gifts to family and friends. The last several years, especially during our unemployment time, I just didn’t do this kind of thing. Made a lot of excuses. And this year, I still haven’t done Christmas cards (and probably won’t). But at least I have done cookies. So… these cookies are going to my dad, my brother and his fiancé, my husband’s aunt and family (and where my inlaws are at the moment), some are going to our church, I dropped some off at the school this morning, gave some to our friends yesterday at church… I call it Christmas Cheer by Cookie. God has taught me so much about the importance of relationships and while it’s a lesson I’m still learning, I am trying to actively try to put relationship before activity, and people over projects.
And so we have cookies. Baby steps, people.
Speaking of cookies… let’s get to our first cookie already!
My husband LOVES peanut butter cookies. For several years I’ve always tried to bake these for him at Christmas time. But not this recipe. The recipe I have is in a white binder that is (you guessed it) in storage. And so AllRecipe.com has become my recipe binder away from home.
I found this recipe and thought it sounded good, and it IS! Even better than the one I’ve been using, I think.
A couple of tips – I always use a fork to make the crisscrosses, and I dip it in sugar before I do, which seems to help the fork not stick to the dough, and then I go back and sprinkle a little more sugar on each one (Caleb likes to help with this part). I baked these at 12 minutes each batch and let them cool before transferring them to foil. I’m not a fan of crispy – I like cookies soft and chewy so I always tend to under-bake (I learned that lesson first from my friend Lisa in Nashville – she always seemed to make great cookies, and I finally figured out that was the secret).
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 (18 ounce) jar peanut butter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped peanuts (NOTE: I left these out)
- In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, yolks, and vanilla; mix until fluffy. Stir in peanut butter. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture. Finally, stir in the peanuts. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
- Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Place on the prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies should look dry on top. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to cool completely on a rack. These cookies taste great when slightly undercooked.
GIVEAWAY – So, don’t want to forget about the giveaway! Share your own favorite cookie recipes (peanut butter or otherwise!) and I’ll draw a winner tonight for a copy of my book, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife!
TOMORROW’S COOKIE: Monster Cookies, a recipe I got from my friend Heather, who got it from her mom, who got it from Ms. Teri. Yes, one of those kind of recipes. Which usually make them really good.