Monday, September 1, 2008

Our Labor Day

- Mike labored changing the oil in both cars, and the battery cables in the Focus.

I love a man workin' on a car... hmmm... maybe THAT'S why we spend so much time working on our cars. :)

- I labored in the kitchen baking some cookies for Mike's co-workers and FHE.

They are incredible. Especially straight-out-of-the-oven-warm. See the recipe below.

- Adam and Grace labored, er, "tested" Mike's camping cot while watching some Curious George.

And, Grace (obviously) labored perfecting her mascara skills. Again.

- Then after all that labor, we cooled off in the pool. Life can be rough. :)

Not the most restful, or productive, day. But, we had fun anyways.

Happy Labor Day, everyone!

Peanut Butter Fancies
makes 10-12 cookies (they're large)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups quartered miniature peanut butter cups (about 30 cups)
1/2 cup melted milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips for drizzling

1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
2. Cream the peanut butter and butter in a mixer. Add the sugars and beat until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until just combined. Stir in the peanut butter cups. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until firm enough to handle.
3. Roll into large balls (about 1/3 cup each) and flatten on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, until just turning golden. Do not overbake! Cool slightly and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
4. Drizzle cookies with melted chocolate.

Recipe courtesy Stephanie at Stephanie's Kitchen

1 comment:

Suzzy Rice aka Grammy Gingerbread said...

You make the best looking cookies, Allison...I just can't believe it! Maybe I'll try to make some when the Power Nazi goes to India later this week.