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Peanut Butter Cookies

26 May

When I was in seventh grade, I had to take a sewing class and a cooking class. The idea was to get kids back to the basics. The sewing class was probably the hardest class of my life. My hands are not meant to sew. They just aren’t. We made the most challenging things, too—like pillowcases. OK, so I know what you’re thinking. A pillowcase? Are you serious? That’s just two pieces of fabric sewn together. Well listen Mister Judgey Pants, it might be simple if you didn’t have to sew the pieces together. But apparently you do.

If you needed help, classmates were allowed to assist. I took “assist” to a whole new level when we moved from pillowcases and onto duffel bags. I convinced a nimble-handed girl to practice and assist on mine until it was finished.

Those were stressful days.

So let’s go back to the basics. (No, not the sewing basics, because those basic skills were never actually acquired.) This recipe hails from my seventh grade cooking class. It truly is easy enough for twelve- and thirteen-year-old kids (not like cursed pillowcases).

Did I mention this recipe has three ingredients? Yup, just THREE. If that isn’t incentive enough for you to grab a bowl and start mixing, I don’t know what is.

Start by getting out your list of ingredients. All three of ’em.

Mix the sugar and peanut butter. It will be nice and crumbly.

Add the egg and mix again. Your dough will be very shiny. Form into little balls.

Next make those cute little crosshatch marks.

Bake for 10 minutes, then eat, eat, eat!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 May

Shortening. There, I said it. If you are too scared to keep reading, I understand. I know some people ban shortening from their houses, but sometimes, just sometimes, I think it makes food taste better. (Traitor! Witch! Dummy!)

You may still be skeptical. Chocolate chip cookies? I already have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and I make them with butter, and I’ve made them 100 times, and they taste just fine. Well…true. But because chocolate chip cookies are part of my food pyramid, I like to mix things up a bit so I’m not eating the same cookie every week.

The shortening really does make these cookies taste like a new chocolate chip cookie. These cookies are still delicious when cooled and even for days to come. I like to flatten them a bit before baking. This gives them a simple look and makes it easy to smash a scoop of ice cream between two little disks for a smart cookie sandwich.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

16 Apr

There is something about Mondays that just makes you want to be healthy. It’s the start of the workweek—well, basically, the start of a new life! Try to look at each week like a fresh start. Like today is the day you’ll cross off that to-do list 1. Get out of bed. 2. Go to work. 3.  Come home. 4. Watch something uplifting like Dancing with the Stars. Or today is the day you’ll start exercising again. (Or preferably watch other people exercise on a show like DWTS.) Or hopefully today is the day you’ll be healthy…starting with these cookies. They have oatmeal in them, so they must be healthy, right? (more…)

Milk and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 Apr

People love these cookies. I don’t really know what it is about them, but people just love them. I like the combination of white and milk chocolate chips. It’s simple, yet smart. The chocolates complement each other very well in this cookie. (more…)