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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Happy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!


I wasn't feeling well last night, plus I'd consumed three Central Perk-sized mugs of tea late in the evening. I found myself reading, and catching up on 'Net stuff.

I discovered that today, Tuesday, was National Peanut butter Cookie day. Well, heck; can't let that one pass me by, can I?

I was up anyway, and I'd recently blown through a book, so I was feeling a bit antsy...like doing something.

Matt loves peanut butter cookies, but as I recalled, we don't like the same kind.

I like my mom's. He likes the ones on the back of a Jif jar.

I was certain I had a Matt-approved recipe in my box, but despite checking four times (and even varying my search locations), couldn't find it.

I then turned to the many volumes of cookbooks producing groans from our bookshelves. Tried Martha. Ina. Baking-only books.


Well, no...that's not entirely true. I found recipes for Peanuty cookies. For peanut butter bars.

I found recipes requiring an extended stay in the refrigerator. It was already past four am, so they were rejected immediately.

Finally, I started pulling volumes from my "Oldies" shelf. Books which, in some cases, have been around close to ninety years.

I was starting to believe there was no such thing as a proper pb cookie recipe, when in a last-ditch effort, I grabbed a community cookbook from a small town in Wisconsin.
It's lost both covers, and presumably a few pages along the way. It's held together by a single, yet rather thick, silver ring. There's no idex page, but fortunately, chapter divisions are listed at the tops of pages.

I located the "Cookies" section, and after shuddering as I flipped past several cookies-which-shall-not-be-named recipes, found exactly what I was looking for.

Basic. Flour, sugars, vanilla, eggs, peanut butter, salt, baking powder, and (in this case) shortening. Mix things together, roll into balls, apply the familiar criss-cross pattern with a fork, bake, and sit back and enjoy the redolent pb goodness.

This being an older book (I didn't check at the time, but I believe it was published in the late fifties or early sixties), there was the implication that you knew what you were doing with these recipes. An oven temperature was given, a baking time was not. Also, size...roll into 'small' balls.

What, exactly, is small? The recipe claimed to produce 4 dozen cookies. I found myself looking at considerably more than 4 dozen around seven this morning...

But, they looked good. I used a cookie instead of the alarm clock to awaken Matt today; holding it under his nose till consciousness hit him. As mornings go, it's not a bad way to begin.

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At 3:39 PM, Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

They look really good, Steph! I've never baked with peanut butter, I should give it a go soon!

I'd be up in a second if I had these beauties waiting for me. :)

At 11:44 AM, Blogger flash said...

If you are looking for great cookie recipes, especially peanut butter just get online. I can't image wanting to bake at 4 AM. It must have been more than just tea to keep you awake and ready to bake at 4 AM.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Patricia!

You really should...pb works well in so many forms!

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Flash...if you'd been reading my post (sounds like you didn't), I'd been online for some time.

And I was up at four in the morning, not just because of tea, but because I wasn't feeling well.

I don't care for your insuation here...I'm a frakkin' veg, for crying out loud. I don't drink, and I don't TAKE anything.

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous farmgirl said...

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day--I love it. This was such fun to read, though of course I'm sorry you weren't feeling well and couldn't sleep. I'd take waking up to the scent of a freshly baked cookie over an annoying alarm clock any day! : )

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Farmgirl!! How are you?

I love 'days' like this. It's a fun excuse to make something that you might not have, otherwise.


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