Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 Blizzard Cookies

To make these cookies you will need:
 1 cup of granulated sugar
 1 cup of peanut butter (I used a natural one, smooth, but feel free to use your favorite)
 1 large egg
 1 bag of Hershey's Kisses

Optional: a helper to unwrap said Kisses and attempt egg cracking. Did you know, says l.o., that eggs come from birds? Just thought I'd drop a little knowledge on ya, 3 yo style.

Spoonula (shallow spoon-shaped spatula)
Large bowl
1/2 oz cookie scoop (if you don't have one, buy one! They are awesome, treat yourself!) to make things easier, and keep your hands free of cookie dough
Cookie sheet

Preheat oven to 350
Add egg, use your spoonula to scoop about half of the peanut butter from the jar (a cup is 8oz, jars are usually 16oz) the cup of sugar,

 and mix with the spoonula until the mixture looks like, well peanut butter with sugar and egg mixed in (ie: smooth)

Use your 1/2 oz scoop to make your little puffer bellies all in a row on your cookie sheet. Bake for

 8-10 minutes. They will not spread out much, and will barely look cooked. While they are baking, count and unwrap a corresponding number of Kisses. Pull out the
cookies and immediately push one   kiss in each cookie, like this:
When they have cooled for about two-three minutes, transfer to a cooling rack. Don't get Little Red Hen Syndrome and slam the cookies down, cause that chocolate is still warm, and will smoosh a little.
And that's all there is to it! Try to let them harden back to room temperature. 
This is a pretty popular recipe, and I have by no means created this from my head! But if you have seen these at bake sales and said,"how'd they do that?", well now you know.
Oh, and here is how much help my "Helper" gave me:
 At least he didn't eat them after he unwrapped them, lol!

Have a cookie day,
Mama Leen 

Midwest Blizzard of 2011

You may have heard it on the news. We have/are getting more than 12 inches of snow. Drifts up to 5 feet! Omgosh, there are plows stuck! Hubby braved the roads, and got sent back home. I am thankful that my work gave us the day off with no repercussions. Soooooo me and little boy were stuck home to bounce off of each other's egos. He's three. I am thirty... and he has me wrapped around his finger.
We finally settled into our Saturday routine, even though it is Tuesday. That consists of me tuning out his DVD's while I knit on the sofa.
Finally, we got bored and braved the snow. I felt compelled to shovel (even though we don't own a snow shovel) a path from our front door to the driveway for my love's return. And l.o. wanted to put his trains in the snow. So we bundled up, and stepped outside. 
All I had to shovel with was a plastic saucer from Christmas. I made a zig-zag path to the driveway, before the thing broke. Ah well! Back inside we went. Blew our noses, shed our wet layers, and back to the routine. I should get my grey triangle scarf done today. I have the prettiest button to put on  it! And I think I will give away the pattern  here as a prize next month? Or just be super generous and publish it? Hmmmm.
Well, I have another post to..um post. :-)
Have a great day, stay warm and safe!