Friday, August 1, 2008

Time out for some cookies

Nah—it's not time for Yellowstone pics. We need to take a break to make COOKIES.

Husband will be working over at at the MIL's this weekend with the BIL cleaning out a basement so some seismic work can be done (this is earthquake country, ya know), and I thought what could be more helpful than cookies and lemonade. Aside from my actually showing up and doing some work. Which is out of the question because and I have plans for a girl day.

I've been craving these cookies since we returned from our Montana ranch ranch vacation, where the excellent cookies tucked these into our bag lunches whenever we went on day trips. The crafty woman took advantage of the fact I wanted this recipe and the one for the outrageous bread pudding she made and sold me one of her cookbooks. I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I share a bit, given that you would only have to opportunity to buy this cookbook if you visited the ranch (not that I don't recommend you do so).

What I love about this recipe is that there are only THREE INGREDIENTS. I added a fourth and a fifth (the last two), but you can really make the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had with THREE INGREDIENTS. Here we go.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt (especially if you're using unsalted peanut butter)

Mix ingredients.

Form into little balls. Roll balls in sugar.

Flatten with a fork (peanut butter cookies wouldn't be peanut butter cookies without this little fork design, would they?).

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes on a lightly greased or Silpat sheet. Allow too cool for a minute or so before removing from baking sheet to parchment paper cool completely.
These also came in handy for an emergency gift for Sophie to take to a birthday party this afternoon. Sophie doesn't know the girl terribly well and the invitation was fairly last-minute, so we're giving her a Target gift card. But we're tucking it into a little box of cookies to avoid the gift card envelope getting lost in the paper.

And because I think it's important to carry something other than a card to a party. Like this lovely little box.

Sophie thinks I'm a little nuts, but I think she's becoming used to it and realizing it's not such a terrible thing.


Mrs.Preppy said...

Those look sooo good. They would be a great afternoon snack --- if you were in Dallas, not Cali. I would much rather be in Cali right now, vs. Dallas.

Jennifer H said...

I actually have all those ingredients! Those look so great, and I love your box. What a lovely idea.

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Those look terribly yummy! Peanut butter cookies are my all-time favorite.

I shall have to try this recipe! I suspect my elevation may require some changes, but I'll find out the hard way, I'm sure.

MMM said...

Those look so yummy! I want one right now.

Mom on the Run said...

This recipe was the first thing we ever made in 7th grade home ec.

Cindy said...

Mom: The first "dish" I had to make was oatmeal!

Fluffy Windover said...

Yay! I am totally making these pronto. PB cookies are my favorite.