Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

This was a fun, easy cookie recipe. And I can console myself that despite the sugar and butter, it has a good deal of protein from the peanut butter. Right?

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter -- we used the grind-it-yourself peanut butter from Whole Foods.
1 cup light brown sugar -- we substituted vegan sugar with no problem.
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of bashed up pretzels
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. 
Cream together butter, peanut butter, and sugar until well combined. Add egg and vanilla. Mix until well combined. In separate bowl, sift together flour and baking soda. Stir to mix. Slowly add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture, stirring until smooth and well blended. (Note: Do not overmix.) Add pretzels (and any other add-in's you want). 
Form golf-ball size balls and place evenly on the prepared cookie sheet -- about 3 inches apart. Chill the dough for approximately 10 minutes ( you could definitely skip this step if it's winter or if you live somewhere cooler than Texas!) Using back of fork press flat.(Note: Each cookie should be 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick.) 

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes (10 to 12 minutes for soft, chewy cookies) or until golden brown. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes on baking sheets. Remove to baking rack. Cool completely.

Optional add-in's: Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks. Chopped peanuts. Toffee bits. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Morning in Edom

I spent a fun hour or so in Edom, Texas this morning. I love these tiny towns that seem to be bursting with artists. One is the man who makes these AMAZING birdhouses/fairy houses. You can see other examples here... I hate myself for saying this, but there are days I'd like to be able to make something like this so much I'd be willing to trade my writing for it. Of course, then I shake myself and remind myself to be thankful for what I have and thankful that there are such amazing artists out there making things simply because they are beautiful. 

I love that. Art just to make art. 

That is what I keep telling myself today. I will make art for art's sake.