I have been feeling under the weather the last several days but as many know, there are no sick days when you have small children.
This evening I bargained with my son that if we forego our nightly two-mile circuit to the park, I would uphold my earlier promise to make peanut butter cookies. This seemed like a reasonable compromise and I am sure he did not wallow in swapping one healthy activity for one, not so healthy backup. Note to self: avoid making promises the night before especially when sick. Also, in general, avoid making promises you can’t keep because there is no surer way to void a trusting relationship.
We made the cookies and I set my smallest helper to work pressing the fork design into each ball of dough before ushering the baking tray into the oven. If you are looking for an activity to keep them interested throughout, this is a good option. I often find that my littlest helpers tend to be fair-weather bakers. They’re down for the mixing and the bowl licking but rarely see the project through to the end. The tedious parts. That’s best left up to the person in charge of the operation apparently.
1 cup butter (softened)
1 and ½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and ½ cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy depending on your preference)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups flour (leveled)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (call me crazy but it works)
Bake that goodness up
Mix butter brown sugar and granulated sugar together. Then add your “wet” ingredients (eggs and vanilla). Next, add the peanut butter. Finally, add the remainder, or your “dry” ingredients (salt, baking soda, flour, cinnamon).
Place onto dark, non-stick cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes. I don’t roll my peanut butter cookies in sugar and simply finish with a fork to create the criss-cross pattern before baking. Recipe makes about 48 cookies.
What We’re Listening To
I like to listen to music during almost any given activity and cooking is no different. Here’s a peek at what we’re listening to. Also, because it’s never too early to start talking about consent and cookies go great with consent. “No, you can’t have four cookies,” and “no means no.”
…it’s never too early to start talking about consent…Tweet
Bonus: if you like cookies as much as consent, check out The Real “Best Ever” Chocolate Chip Cookies here.