Peanut Butter Cookies & A Few GigglesChildren have such a natural joy within them. Just being around them you can see it constantly bubbling to the surface in smiles and giggles and silly jokes. Sometimes they burst into spontaneous song about My little ponies, what they had for breakfast, or nothing at all. Makes me smile just to think about it. The joy of a child is entirely unhindered.
They keep us young, but mostly they remind us that the very same joy they have is still present in us. Its just that over the years it gets buried beneath responsibilities and concerns, all the seriousness of life that draws our attention away from that little bubbling well where giggles are born. When was the last time you burst into song or giggled with a friend? Some folks have a natural ability to bring this out in us and chances are you have someone like that in your life. I hope you read this and think of them, call them up, and set a date to get together and regress really soon.
Just in case you don’t have that option, I hope you’ll enjoy the giggles i’m going to share in this post today and then add a few of your own. Because, for a lot of us today, you are going to be the friend that makes us giggle.
This is a recipe that I’ve wanted to bring you for a while. I’ve been making these for close to ten years now and though I’ve tried other peanut butter cookie recipes, I always come back to this as my standard – my husband’s all time favorite. I like to make a big batch of them if we’re going on a weekend trip to do double duty as filling snacks and treats for whoever it is we’re visiting with. I hope you get to give them a try and if you have any little people in your life, invite them to bake these with you because kids make everything taste better.
Now to start us off, I found the following little joke and couldn’t help but laugh – thought you’d enjoy it, too!
A little boy decided to surprise his grandmother and make her a cup of coffee. He was so proud as he brought it to her in bed and although it was quite possibly the worst cup of coffee she’d ever had, she raved on and on about it. Beaming with pride, he waited patiently for her to drink it all, giving her no choice but to force it down. Once she reached the bottom she was surprised to find two little green army men in the bottom of her cup.
“Honey, why are your little army men in the bottom of my cup?”
He replied, “You know grandma, it’s like on TV. ‘The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup’.”
You’ll need: Shortening, all purpose flour,white sugar, eggs, brown sugar, peanut butter, baking soda, flour, and a little white pony with pink hair*.
*Katy added that last ingredient, it is entirely optional.
In this post I’m going to be making a double batch but I’m showing you the ingredients here for a single recipe. If you get to wondering why there appears to be twice as much in the rest of the photos, that’s because I don’t know the last time I made a single batch of cookies. I’ll make a single batch when I run out of folks who like treats.
I’m gonna do a tutorial on my canisters soon, I promise!
So what we’re gonna do is dump everything except the flour into a large bowl, or in my case my old trusty red dishpan.
Mix that up really well with an electric mixer – unless you have massively muscled arms. I’ll be using a mixer…
I added my eggs, honest. They were just a little camera shy. Eggs are like that sometimes but its a little secret only food bloggers know about. See? You’re in the circle of trust now…
Patient: “Doc, you have to help me. Some days I think I’m Mickey Mouse, some days I think I’m Donald Duck”
Doctor: “How long have you had these Disney spells?”
Remember that you forgot your vanilla..
(that sentence is a bit strange but work with me here)
Add in flour, mix again.
I ran five miles today. Finally, I had to say, “OK Lady, here’s your purse back.”
Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Katy asked me the other day “Mama, I think I might be a doctor when I grow up, but can I still be a Mama, too?” I assured her that a lot of people are Mamas and other things as well. With that fear assuaged she moved on to the next, which was apparently much more pressing judging by the look of anxiety on her face when she asked “But whose going to help get me dressed in the mornings?”
Your dough will be a little crumbly looking like this. Use a cookie scoop or just your hands and make balls that are about an inch and a half in size and place on cookie sheets about two inches apart.
Now y’all know I don’t care for kitchen gadgets all that much and normally I’d say “Why use a dough scoop when your hands work perfectly well?” but after making three and four hundred peanut butter balls at at time, I’m a believer in the dough scoop. I actually own two of them because Katy likes to help and my kids really love peanut butter balls!
I read a book on helium once. I couldn’t put it down!
Take a bowl and put a little extra granulated sugar in it.
Here is where most folks just use a fork but if you have a potato masher like I do, it works like a charm. Dip it in sugar…
Boy Scouts from the city were on a camping trip. The mosquitoes were so fierce, the boys had to hide under their blankets to avoid being bitten. One of them saw some lightning bugs and said to his friend, “We might as well give up. They are coming after us with flashlights.”
and mash down slightly on a dough ball..
Then dip in sugar again
This one reminds me of my longtime friend, Michael, so I couldn’t resist…
Father: I hear you skipped school to play football
Son: No I didn’t, and I have the fish to prove it!
and repeat, continuing to dip in sugar in between each one.
You don’t want to completely smoosh them, just mash them down a bit to get a nice criss cross design.
You can also do this with a long tined fork, mash one way and turn your fork and mash the second.
Remove them from cookie sheet and place on cooling racks or just a plate (or clean countertop) to cool. Eat at least one warm though!
Eat one with a glass of milk and see if you can giggle enough to shoot milk out your nose ~grins~
Hey, we all gotta have goals in life.
Do you have any cute or silly jokes to share?
How about something your kids (or grandkids) said that just tickled you?
We’d love for you to share below! *
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