Dear Readers, I simply must confess something here.
I have a long standing, torrid love affair with peanut butter.
When you combine it with a fabulous baked goodie (or chocolate) then it's simply swoon-worthy at that point, in my opinion. (but you all knew this, didn't you.)
This pre-Halloween season sees me busier than a one armed hunter in a swamp full of ducks.
Perhaps this has to do with the fact that I'm literally going to be in that swamp full of ducks, in Manitoba, in less than a week.
So between prepping for this trip, trying to plan recipes, writing for all the various places I write, I feel like that one armed hunter quite literally; one arm hooked to my laptop trying desperately to write everything I need to get done before I go on my trip, one packing my gear to go.
I also have one hand busy making sure there is food for Mike and the kids to eat while I am gone. Which, as we all know, will be ignored in favor of take-out and restaurants no matter what I prep.
I think I just became an octopus somewhere in those last sentences, rather than trying to explain that I'm busy with the one-armed analogy.
You really want to know what this is all about?
My being lazy.
That's right. I took a favorite recipe of mine for cookies, made it a sandwich and then rolled it in orange sprinkled sugar.
And I ate it and thought hot dang, this lazy recipe rocks my socks.
And you're going to love these cookies, whether I'm lazy or not.
Because it's freaking fabulous.
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- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Ã¢Â…Â“ teaspoon salt 1/2 cup of salted butter at room temperature 3/4 cup crunchy natural peanut butter 1/2 cup of white sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar1 large egg1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 Pieces package mini Reese's baking bitsVanilla ice cream Orange candy sprinkles
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees F.At first glance you might see that the word â€œsaltâ€ leaps out at you twice with this recipe. You actually need the extra salt in the butter because you lose salt that would usually be in a normal peanut butter. You are replacing one salted product with another. Just as you can't really control the salt amount in your peanut butter you can't control it in your butter, but knowing that it is good to the â€œtasteâ€, you can safely use it.To make, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy.Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in the Reese's Pieces.Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet if you want a cookie sized for ice cream sandwiches, otherwise heaping teaspoons for smaller cookies.Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and then remove from the oven. You will need to cook these for a good 5 minutes, then you need to remove them from the sheet and onto a wire rack. Peanut butter cookies are infamous for falling apart when you transfer them too soon!Cool.Take two large cookies, place vanilla ice cream between them. Gently squish them together (watch the cookies!) to make an ice cream sandwich.Place the orange sprinkles on a plate then roll the cookie in the sprinkles, the ice cream will pick them up.
Now in order to save you time, I'm going to hook you up with another couple of time saving recipes from the Life Made Delicious Website.
Peanut butter spider cookies – this uses a cookie mix then you get all crafty with licorice and caramels. Fabulous. Even I have time for these.
Halloween Chex Mix. Why haven't I made this yet? In the microwave? How could I have missed this? I'm so making this.
Cheesy Crescent Ghosts. This is what I'm talking about. Pre-made dough and cheese. Love the time saved here.
These cookies of mine can be made ahead of time and put together right at your soiree and I plan on having these at my annual open house for sure this year.
I still haven't sent out the invitations for my open house.
Where's my fourth arm?
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