When say “proper”, I am not talking about a healthy snack. Most of the time, I try to make good nutritional choices and eat healthy snacks during the week. But on the weekend when you are “power crafting” and trying to get your projects done – you need a naughty snack or two. One of my favorite semi-naughty snacks are peanut butter cookies! A house filled with the smell of home baked cookies is a very inspiring thing! Occasionally I play a game with myself: get ________ more done on a quilt and you can go have (another) cookie. I just have to remember to power walk all those cookies off from my power crafting!
Here is my favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe (it came with my beloved KitchenAid stand mixer)
- 1⁄2 cup peanut butter
- 1⁄2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- Place peanut butter and butter in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to Speed 6 and beat until mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl. Add sugars, egg and vanilla. Turn to Speed 4 and beat about 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl.
- Turn to Stir Speed. Gradually add all remaining ingredients to sugar mixture and mix about 30 seconds. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press fl at with fork in a criss-cross pattern to 1⁄4-inch thickness.
- Bake at 375°F until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool on wire racks.
Happy “power crafting”,