cookies, Uncategorized

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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Every year Santa sends our elf to visit. He’s a rotten mess. He get’s into our stuff, he runs the house, he dirties stuff up. I’ll tell ya’ll now though, he’s the kindest, sweetest, thoughtful elf ever. This morning when my little guy woke up the ingredients were sitting on the counter with a note that says that we need to  make them. Obviously, we jumped at that chance. This recipe comes from my book called The Amish Cookbook. We got it from PA during our vacation you guys read about from earlier in the year. Cooper is an amazing child. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such a special and sweet child. If I’m feeling down and out, he can cheer me up. He is so full of life. I’m just so lucky.

When we were baking, I kept thinking about when he was little. He never enjoyed a pacifier or sucked his thumb….he had a love for blankets. I always have to giggle because he always carried around a blanket. He loved them. He had probably 100 of them. I’d say Cooper put down that blanket and help mommy. He’d say “no…my blanklet.” Yes you read right…blanklet! He’d hide it behind his back and smile and run over to me and give me kisses. I’ll tell you…now that my baby is a preteen almost, I can tell you that I miss those days so much. I miss having babies and toddlers in my home.

1 Cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups flour

3 cups oatmeal

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup peanut butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream together sugar and shortening. Add peanut butter and eggs. Next add all the dry ingredients.  Bake 10-12 minutes on 350.

NOTE: Cooper and I learned that you have to use a fork and pat them down otherwise they don’t cook well. The don’t spread really so, use a small scoop and pat down. When they are finished they’ll be brown around the edges. Cool completely.

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Dessert, Uncategorized

Easy Peanut Butter Bars

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I’m always looking for new things for my group of boys. Everyone of them loves peanut butter and chocolate anything, pretty much. I’m always excited to make new things for them. I have to watch though, because when the boys really, really like something, then they will eat it all within a short time. This is one of those recipes. I came home from the store the day after and half of what was left, was gone. Says something…

1 3/4 Cup Flour

1 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar

3/4 Cup peanut butter

1 stick of butter, softened

3 Tablespoons milk

1 Large egg

1 Tablespoon vanilla

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 Cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. Spray bottom and sides of a pan lined with parchment paper or foil with some cooking spray. Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then add in wet ingredients.  Fold in chocolate chips. evenly spread in the pan. Bake until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. About 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before you cut.

Stays good covered at room temp for up to 5 days.