Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Recipe and Poem for Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

I have been craving home made Peanut Butter Cookies for weeks. For me, that's pretty unusual. When requiring indulgence, I usually go for chocolate. They say your body craves what it needs. Off hand, I can't think of any reason why I should need peanut butter in any way, shape or form. And anyway, the fact is, I just can't seem to motivate myself enough to turn the oven on, not even for 10 minutes! I'm sure many of you feel the exact same way.

However, should you too get the urge for Peanut Butter cookies on National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, I thought I would drop off a recipe I found in The Peanut Butter Cookbook; from Soup to Nuts with America's Favorite Spread, by Judi & Tony Meisel, published in 1993. I also thought I'd drop off the Cooky Poem I mentioned on Gingerbread Day. It too is from the Tummy Tingles recipe booklet.

A Recipe & A Poem
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups unbleached flour
Preheat oven 375 degrees
1. Beat butter with wire whisk until soft.
2. Gradually add the two sugars until blended and creamy in texture.
3. Beat in remaining ingredients except flour.
4. Sift the flour before measuring and then mix in.
5. Let the dough rest 10 minutes, then form into balls about 3/4-inch in diameter.
6. Place balls on a greased cookie sheet.
7. flatten slightly with the back of a fork and bake 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
8. Remove from oven and let cool on racks before serving. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

I have a question for you. When I was taught how to bake cookies, I was told not to use a mixer or any other kind of appliance for that matter. Everything was done by hand. The creaming of the butter, which I still can remember squishing through my fingers, and yes the eggs and other ingredients was all done by hand. Has anyone else been shown to bake cookies by hand? Just curious...If so, is there a reason?

I'll be back on Wednesday, which is supposedly Spill the Salt Day. As for tomorrow, that's Kitchen Klutzes of America Day. You may remember, I posted about my klutzy escapades last year when I listed the weekly June Celebrations for the 13th-19th. If you're in need of a few suggestions to celebrate Flag Day on Tuesday, I did a rather thorough post of Flag Day recipes back in 2008. It includes a recipe for Betsy Ross Pound Cake. While I'm at it, I should mention National Lobster Day (13th) and National Strawberry Shortcake Day on the 14th!

This week the Carnations in my new garden, finally revealed themselves. Those Gillyflowers, they're so spicy and unpredictable!!! It's too bad National Carnation Day is celebrated in January, I'd love to do another post about them. Perhaps I will...

P.S. I'm getting all revved for International Picnic Day, June 18th. You know what that means, The Picnic Game! Start thinking about what letter you want. I can tell you already, the letters are going to go fast!!! More about that on Wednesday:) "See" ya then...Louise:)