Peanut Butter Pleasure Cookies
Begin the angelic Christmas Carols….
In a perfect world…all cookies turn out perfect. (Peanut Butter Pleasure Cookies aren’t a stand in…. ) They’re fluffy and just perfectly crumbly…but not too crumbly, because you don’t want them falling apart in your milk. In our heads, where sugar cookies dance, they have the perfect ratio of chocolate chips, to pecans, to cookie. They are perfectly browned…just a little darker on the outside edges…where they are supposed to be slightly crunchy…but still soft in the middle. In this perfect world June Cleaver, always had her hair fixed, and looked perfectly made up with her dress and fluffy little apron when Ward came home from work. She, apparently had already had her Valium washed down with a mai tai. Her cookies never stuck to her thighs like she had super glue running through her veins either!
Que the record scratch sound………
In the K family’s world…the sugar plums are pretty much prunes and the music playing in the background is the theme song to Uncle Buck. Apparently, SOMEONE forget to read the manual for Leave it to Beaver. SOMEONE, drove 22 hours to see her hubby in a travel trailer…where there isn’t enough room to sling a cat. She forgot that she had to make cookies for a Christmas Cookie Exchange, and that she didn’t even have a baking sheet at the Montana Home. SOMEONE, didn’t have her Valium and Mai tai making ingredients.
I dawned my best pair of sweats…cause that’s mostly what I brought with me (And, because it’s socially unacceptable to go to the grocery store in Jammie bottoms with house shoes…. We don’t have a Wal-Mart)… and threw my hair up in its usual sloppy bun and headed to the over-priced grocery store in this tiny little town. I found a whopping ONE choice for a cookie sheet…and I had the pleasure of paying $16 for it. WHOOP…so with my bargain supplies and cookie sheet, apparently made of gold…I headed to the travel trailer to get busy…. I began mixing up my recipe….and realized…I didn’t have a mixer either…..so back out in the first snow of the year for this area. $35 for a hand mixer! (It was 80 degrees when I left Texas….what was I thinking?) WOO HOO another bargain basement special…oh, did I forget to mention…it was on sale! Lucky me!
I finished my mix, and threw the first batch in the oven….and sat down to check my emails. Somewhere between the spammy pharmacy mail and Facebook….I got distracted. Something June would NEVER recommend. But June, very obviously, didn’t have the internet or Pinterest. She apparently didn’t have anything else to do while HER cookies baked.
No matter how I styled them…these weren’t going in any magazine!
They were flat and burned…and No amount of ribbon was gonna make that look appetizing. We had thought about going skeet shooting this weekend…AH….the perfect target! Oops…bullets would ricochet off of these bad boys.
Back to the drawing board. Something, the altitude, the distractions, the something…..just simply wasn’t in the cards for my “better than sex cookies” today. It wasn’t happening. Maybe I should have bought the ingredients for my drinky treats instead.
Just about the third batch of lead cookies that came out of the oven…I realized that I was gonna have to change my strategy. Back to the store………..
When my “Ward” Got home….I looked perfectly covered from head to toe in flour….had a already cramped camper, flipped on its nose. Every dish we had in the place, piled up on the two feet of counter top. I’m pretty sure I used the entire winter stipend of propane! There was a big pile of burned flat cookies on the table! Behind me, the oven still baking that first batch of my second recipe. “Dear Lord…. I promise to be a good girl for the….(wait a minute…be careful….you know how this turned out last time)….rest of the time I’m baking.”
Dave…being the “Ward” that he is….gently hugs me…obviously, I looked as though I could use some pity. Heedfully, he opens the oven door….and I swear…right there in the kitchen from a baking fiasco….was a thing of beauty! Cookies…that were fluffy and golden brown.
“Hurry….Grab the oven mitt and get them out!” I yelled at him. He looked at me pretty odd…but he did as I told him, and he pulled them out. So, with a lunchbox in one hand and a cookie sheet of Peanut Butter Pleasure Cookies, in the other….he turns…and turns…looking for a place to sit them. I opened the microwave door and he smiles and delicately places them in…still looking a bit bewildered by the appearance of the trailer..and the fact that the only spot in the place to set a sheet of freshly baked cookies was in the microwave.
He walks over to the table and sets his lunchbox down…picks up one of the flattened, rigid, dark brown/black discs and takes a bite….he stretched his neck to get the audible bite down. “They sure do TASTE good!” he said. What an angel!
This, my friends, is why today….I’m sharing this recipe for Peanut Butter Pleasure Cookies, rather than my “Better than sex chocolate chip cookies” Apparently, the cookie Gods didn’t appreciate my situation. I hope you enjoy these…they were a big pain in the bootayyy to make for Y’all! lol AND….they’re really good. In fact, they’ve kinda replaced the chocolate chip recipe in my family’s list of favorites anyway! So…maybe the cookie Gods DID have my back! Enjoy!
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Shortening
1/4 Cup Butter or Margarine Softened
1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1-3/4 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
Mix sugars, peanut butter, shortening butter and egg in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or till firm.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Shape dough into 1 1/4″ balls. Place about 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in a crisscross pattern with a fork.
Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool five minutes on the baking sheet…and then place on a rack to finish cooling.
Now…head on over and see the other gals’ recipes for today…and remember…this exchange is going to be going on all week…so come back and see all the other sites’ yummy recipes too! AND….NO…you aren’t hullucinating…or maybe you are if you had your Valium and mai tais…but YES…this is the second story today…YUP…I got myself into TWO tours today. ENJOY my crazy life!
Please visit the following blogs to see what cookies
they have “brought” to the Christmas Cookie Exchange…
Monday, Dec. 9th
Tuesday, Dec. 10th
Wednesday, Dec. 11th
Thursday, Dec. 12th
Friday, Dec. 13th