PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES

PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES
PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES

    There’s just something soothing and homey about homemade peanut butter cookies.  Is it because your grandmother and mother used to make them?  Is it just because they’re so darn good?  I’m not sure, but whatever the reason – we love ‘em! 

     This simple recipe uses one bowl, one measuring cup and a spatula.  It’s simple enough for your beginner baker to try his or her hand.

INGREDIENTS: Yield 25 cookies

3/4 cup – honey*

1/4 cup – butter or margarine, softened

1 – egg

3/4 cup – peanut butter

1 teaspoon – vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon – salt

1/2 teaspoon – baking soda

1-1/2 cups AP unbleached flour

¾ cup chocolate chips

PREPARATION:

In mixer bowl, cream honey and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Add flour, mixing until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough, one heaping tablespoon at a time, onto well-greased baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. Remove cookies from sheet and cool on wire rack.

Please remember not to feed honey to children under one- year-old.  Read more:   http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/botulism.html

*I used local raw honey

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PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES
PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

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 I came up with this dessert one afternoon when I was thinking about chocolate and peanut butter. They’re just such natural partners. The more I thought about them, the more this cake came together in my head. I love it when an idea works! I like crunchy peanut butter, but you could use creamy if you’d rather. Personally, the extra crunch of the peanuts makes it better in my eyes.

INGREDIENTS FOR AN 8” X 8” PAN
1 small box instant cheesecake pudding (I’m sure vanilla would be awesome too)
12 oz can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
Chocolate graham crackers

PREPARATION:
In mixer bowl, beat pudding, evaporated milk, and vanilla for about 2 minutes. Add peanut butter and mix until combined. Start your layers in a cake dish beginning with a layer of chocolate graham crackers, 1/3 of filling, graham crackers, 1/3 of filling, graham crackers, filling and top with crushed chocolate graham crackers. Let chill for a few hours.

NOTE: I think if you’re using creamy peanut butter you’ll have to add 2-3 TBSP of milk or half and half. I think it will be too heavy, otherwise.

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Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Cookies

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     There’s been a new marriage in town, and I’ll bet you haven’t heard about it yet.  It was hush, hush, but I’m here to tell you all about it.  Blueberry, lemon, and zucchini cookies are melt in your mouth good!  Now, get this.  You all know what a sugar addict I am.  While the first sheet of cookies was baking, I dug out my lemon cream cheese frosting recipe and my lemon buttercream frosting recipe.  I was definitely going to use one or the other.  Guess what?  They are so good just as they are, I didn’t frost them.  Yep, they’re nekkie.  Bob and I both agreed that no frosting is necessary.  Our waistlines are thanking me.

Here’s how I made them:

INGREDIENTS:         YIELDS 32 COOKIES

1 stick salted butter, room temp

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

¾ tsp lemon extract

1 large egg

2 dashes salt

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp AP flour

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 ¼  cup fresh blueberries

 

PREPARATION:

Wash squash and peel most of it.  I always leave a few skinny strips of the skin on just because I like the looks of the dark green in whatever I’m baking.  Grate it, using a box grater.  (Takes less than a minute). Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg, vanilla extract, and lemon extract, beating another minute.

Add salt, baking soda and baking powder, giving it a quick mix.

Add grated zucchini and give it a quick mix, just until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, mixing until just incorporated. Gently fold in blueberries.

On a stoneware baking sheet (or baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone sheet), drop batter using large cookie scoop.  Bake about 12 – 12 ½ min at 375° F Cool 2 minutes and remove to cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.

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Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Zucchini cookies with cream cheese frosting

    Oh what to do with all the zucchini?  Not more bread (although I love my zucchini bread recipe).  Cookies it is!  You’ll note the addition of only 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  I want to taste it, but I do not want it to be overpowering.  Nutmeg can be strong.  I think 1/8 tsp is just right.  This recipe makes a soft cake-like cookie.  Vegetables and fiber in every bite!

INGREDIENTS:         YIELDS 30 COOKIES

1 stick salted butter, room temp

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

2 dashes salt

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp AP flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

OPTIONAL:  Dates, walnuts, chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

4 oz cream cheese , softened

4 Tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

 

PREPARATION:

Wash squash and peel most of it.  I always leave a few skinny strips of the skin on just because I like the looks of the dark green in whatever I’m baking.  Grate it, using a box grater.  (Takes less than a minute). Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla, beating another minute.

Add salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, giving it a quick mix.

Add grated zucchini and give it a quick mix, just until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, mixing until just incorporated. Stir in dates, walnuts, or chocolate chips.  Or go crazy and add them all.

On a stoneware baking sheet or baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone sheet, drop batter using large cookie scoop.  Bake about 12 min at 375° F Cool 2 minutes and remove to cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting Preparation:

In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to mix until smooth and fluffy.  Frosted cookies must be refrigerated.

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PECAN COOKIES

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 I considered calling these Pecan Surprise cookies, cause you could add different surprises every time you make them. I might go crazy next time and do white chocolate chips. They’d be great with the pecans.

       Here’s a brand new one bowl, mix, scoop ‘em on the cookie sheets and bake delicious cookie for you!  You can customize them any way you want.  Don’t you just love that?  The recipe makes a lot, so I’m NOT counting them for you.  Sorry.  Bob guesstimates 75 cookies.  I’m still not gonna count.

INGREDIENTS:    PLEASE KNOW THAT I COPIED AND PASTED THIS FROM MY FACEBOOK PAGE.  THE SPACING ON THE INGREDIENTS LIST POSTED WEIRD.  THE LIST IS  CORRECT THOUGH.  THERE IS NOTHING MISSING.

 

2 sticks salted butter

1 cup Canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioner’s sugar (sifted)
2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ tsp salt

4 cups AP flour

1 ¾  cups pecans (chopped)

1 ½ cups chopped (or whole chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

1 cup Heath bits

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 335 ° F.  (You want a relatively low baking temp so they don’t spread).
In mixer bowl, beat softened butter for 30 seconds.  Add Canola oil, and both sugars.  Beat til smooth.

Add eggs and beat until combined.  Add vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.  Beat until combined.

Add flour and beat until just combined.

Stir in chopped pecans, chopped chocolate chips, and Heath bits.  For the last sheet, I mixed in some coconut.  Holy cow!  Outstanding.

Using a large cookie scoop, place dough balls approximately 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet or stoneware sheet.  Bake for 14  – 17 minutes.

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Peach Crisp Pie

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Sum sum summertime, sum sum summertime . . . and the peaches are ripe for the pickin’!
OK, I picked nuffin. I sent Bob to the store. Now that I’m done telling fibs, let me tell you how I created this knock your socks off Fresh Peach Pie with my Apple Crisp topping. Firstly, I didn’t want a top crust, nor did I want a crumble topping, or even a streusel topping. But . . . I wanted something with texture and a bit of cinnamon flavor. So, it stands to reason that I would use my Apple Crisp topping. I also didn’t want to be mixing my beautiful peaches with flour as a thickener, I didn’t want to chance a gummy or pasty filling. So I used the Grandma standard ingredient – Tapioca. I baked mine in a Quiche/Tart pan, but a deep dish pan will work just as well.

 

INGREDIENTS:
1 unbaked deep dish pie crust
FILLING INGREDIENTS:
8 cups fresh ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
¾ cup sugar (half brown and half white)
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
4 TBSP quick-cooking (Minute) Tapioca

 

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup wheat flour
¼ cup white flour
¼ cup cold butter, chopped
2 Dashes of salt

PREPARATION:
Line a deep dish pie plate with crust and refrigerate.
In a large bowl, mix peaches and sugars. Taste it. If the peaches are good and ripe, all is well. If the peaches are a little under-ripe, add a bit more sugar. Add cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and Tapioca. Stir to blend. Pour into the pie crust.
TOPPING: In the same bowl, use a pastry blender or two butter knives to chop topping ingredients until butter is in small pieces and mixture is crumbled (Pea-sized). Sprinkle over peaches. Put a baking sheet or foil under pie before baking, just in case.
Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes. Turn oven down to 350° F and bake for approximately 35 additional minutes or until topping is browned and filling is bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

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SUMMER ICEBOX CAKE WITH BERRIES

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Feel free to make a flag design if you’d like to. I usually do, but today I just didn’t feel like it.

INGREDIENTS:
2 pkg. (3.4 oz each) Instant Cheese cake pudding
2 ¼ cups cold milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip
2 ½ cups sliced strawberries
1 ½ cups blueberries
Cinnamon graham crackers (whole)
OPTIONAL: 3 oz melted chocolate (Semi-sweet, milk chocolate or white chocolate)

PREPARATION:

Beat pudding with milk and vanilla for a good two minutes. Add cool whip and beat until just incorporated.

Place one layer whole graham crackers in bottom of 9” x 13” baking dish. You will have to break some to get them to fit evenly.

Spread half of pudding mix on top.

Put a layer of strawberries on top of pudding layer.

Place another layer of graham crackers on top. You can either fold the blueberries in the pudding mixture – OR – place the next layer of graham crackers on top and then add the pudding mixture, placing the blueberries decoratively on top. Garnish with a few strawberries.

OPTIONAL: Drizzle melted chocolate on top. Chill for four hours.

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GREEK ORZO SALAD

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Traditional flavors come together in this delicious Greek salad.  Great for a BBQ!  No mayo, and not the same ole, same ole.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/3 cups uncooked orzo
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1/3 cup red bell pepper or sweet mini peppers, diced
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 (2 oz) can sliced black olives, drained or ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives
1/3 cup green olives

Dressing :
2 TBSP lemon juice
6 TBSP olive oil
6 TBSP red wine vinegar
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ cup fresh Basil or 1 tsp dried
½ tsp pepper
¾ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp sea salt
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In large bowl combine pasta, tomato, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, feta, and olives.
Mix dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Toss and chill for 1 hour in refrigerator.

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FISH ‘N CHIPS

Pan-Fried Ocean Perch

There isn’t much easier than pan-frying a nice fish filet and serving a heaping pile of French fries on the side. Today we had Ocean Perch, but any kind will work.

INGREDIENTS:
2 Fish Filets (Your choice)
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
4 TBSP grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 egg, beaten
Seasonings: Pepper, garlic powder

PREPARATION:

In a flat bowl or on a paper plate, mix bread crumbs, grated cheese, and seasonings. Dip fish filet in beaten egg, press filet into crumb mixture and fry in a bit of butter until golden brown on both sides and fish flakes when you poke it with a fork.

Serve with lemon wedges, tartar sauce, cole slaw, and French fries.

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BLUEBERRY CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE

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It’s blueberry season! Here’s something new to try. I had blueberries in the freezer. I didn’t even thaw them. I took them out when I began making the batter and threw them in when it was time. They are great! This is my old standby coffee cake, you know . . . the one I’ve been making forever. The one with the slightly crispy edges like cornbread and brownies have. Oh yes, I need another piece.

The cake is a quick, throw together operation with a tiny little extra step of making the cinnamon swirl part. The really good news is that once you pour the thick luscious batter into the baking dish, you can use the same bowl to mix the cinnamon mixture.
INGREDIENTS: for an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan. (Feel free to double. You can make one to give away or make mini coffee cakes in a cupcake tin.) NOTE: If doubling, don’t forget to double the streusel.
¼ cup Crisco
¾ cup sugar
1 TBSP sour cream or 1 TBSP soft butter
1 egg
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla
¾ cup milk
1 ½ cup flour
½ tsp salt

STREUSEL PREPARATION:
In the same mixer bowl, mix with a pastry cutter or two forks, or two knives:
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup flour
½ tsp cinnamon
3 TBSP room temperature butter
You want to see small lumps in it. Don’t mix until it’s smooth, or you’ll ruin it.

CAKE PREPARATION:
In mixer bowl, beat Crisco and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sour cream or butter, egg, baking powder, vanilla and mix well. Alternately add milk and flour, mixing until combined. Pour the batter into a prepared baking dish, add the cinnamon mixture, swirl it and get your fork ready.

STREUSEL PREPARATION:

In the same mixer bowl, mix with a pastry cutter or two forks, or two knives:
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup flour
½ tsp cinnamon
3 TBSP room temperature butter
You want to see small lumps in it. Don’t mix until it’s smooth, or you’ll ruin it.

OPTIONAL BLUEBERRIES:
¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 TBSP flour
¼ tsp cinnamon

In small bowl, mix all ingredients and toss gently. After swirling streusel through cake, fold blueberries into cake.

BAKE at 375° F for 25 – 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

GLAZE INGREDIENTS:
This is something I’ve eyeballed for years. The measurements are approximate, but between testing to see if it’s drippy enough and dragging your finger through it for a little taste, it won’t be a problem.
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 TBSP butter
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp almond extract
Small dash salt
2 TBSP warm half and half or milk

GLAZE PREPARATION:
In mixer bowl, combine sugar, butter, vanilla and almond extracts along with a quick dash of salt. On low speed, begin adding the half and half until you have a nice drippy glaze. Then beat on medium speed for a minute. Using a large spoon, drizzle this on the cake while the cake is still a little warm, just don’t put it on a hot cake.
NOW . . . How easy was that??? Yep. Pretty easy for all this delicious, moist, cinnamon goodness.

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SMOKED BEEF ROAST SANDWICHES

Smoked Beef Roast Sandwich

   If you’ve ever tasted a melt in your mouth smoked beef roast, it’s something you haven’t forgotten. It can be served sliced or on a sandwich piled high with sautéed mushrooms and onions. Here’s how Bob did it.

INGREDIENTS
3 lb beef roast
Brine
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

PREPARATION

Brine the beef for 24 hours. Drain, season, and smoke over apple wood chunks and charcoal for 3 hours. If you use a larger cut of beef, you’ll have to cook it a little longer.

We served our sandwiches with broccoli salad, tossed salad and cole slaw. It was so good I’m even having a Westover Leftover sandwich right this minute.  French fries would have been great too.  Ohhhhhhh, I should have had French fries.  Too late now!

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