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peanut butter and chocolate

You will love this recipe for these cookies if you do.

cooling cookies

I remember first eating peanut butter cookies in elementary school.  My memory of them is that they tasted heavenly and melted in my mouth.

In this recipe I added another step once they are baked. They look pretty and taste divine. Enjoy!

This recipe was taken from our newspaper many years ago and  is one of my favorites.

cookie recipe pb and choco

When the cookies are baked and cooled, I dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate using melted chocolate chips.

Merry Christmas!❤️💜❤️💜

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, I’m a little late, but managed to bake my first batch of cookies yesterday.

I used a recipe that I cut out of a C and H box of sugar many years ago and you can tell by the stains on the card that it was used many times.

cookie recipe card

These little delights are very easy and you don’t need very many ingredients, although I did add one additional ingredient to make it my own.

I added a 1/2 tsp. of Abuelita granulated Mexican chocolate mix to the flour mixture and 1/2 tsp. of the chocolate mix to the sugar and cinnamon mixture just to give it a  little punch of extra flavor.

mexican cinnamon cookies

Although the recipe calls for 10 minutes of bake time, you might want to try 9 min.  The 10 minutes gave my cookies a toasted bottom.

These would be good with some Canela ( a Mexian drink made from cinnamon sticks.)

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Many years ago when our kids were youngsters, I did a lot of baking at Christmas time.

c & h sugar cookbook

 

I would start on December 1st  and continue baking until the 23rd.  My plan was to bake a batch of cookies every day and then freeze them.

cokie cookbook

All our relatives would receive a plate of cookies for the holidays.  They all enjoyed the goodies and I think they actually looked forward to receiving them.

Our son confessed that he would sneak into the freezer and take a few of his favorites  out to eat secretly.

Our oldest daughter has taken over now and bakes as much as she can.  This year, I feel like baking and plan on taking a few of  my favorite cook books out to use.

I’ll be posting some favorite recipes and hope that some of you will try them out.

hershey cookie

It’s still a little early for baking but I’m getting myself ready for sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, Mexican wedding cookies, chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies, chocolate crinkles, gingerbread cookies…………..

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Hope you had a great Easter.

Our Easter is always a fun time with family.  We always have great food and lots of fun with our confetti filled eggs, which make quite a mess.

This year our oldest daughter made a fruit pizza, that looked like a decorated Easter egg and was quite good.  She did a wonderful job of decorating the  pizza with all the different fruit.

 

fruit pizza

Our youngest daughter and her hubby made our favorite banana pudding.

And of course we had our annual egg decorating contest, which made all of us very competitive.  We asked our Facebook friends to vote for their favorite egg.

2 eggs decorated

And the first  place winner was:lamb 2017

the little lamb, done by our oldest daughter.

Second place winner was the:

2nd place

gumball egg, done by our youngest daughter.

Hope you can use some of these ideas for your next Easter celebration.💜💜❤️❤️


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I have been feeling very nostalgic for my mom’s cooking and baking lately.  It might be   because of my age that I long for those “good ole days”.

She would bake delicious cookies never having to use a recipe. One cookie that I loved was her Anise cookies which I have not eaten since I was a child.

I searched for a recipe that I thought my mom would use, something simple, but tasty.

Most of the recipes I found asked for rum or brandy…….no that would not do.  We never had fancy liquor in our house, nor would my parents be able to afford to purchase liquor just to use in a recipe.

Luckily, I found a simple recipe on http://www.cooks.com.

1 c. butter (softened)                                  1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c.sugar                                                      1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. anise seed

And to make it my own I added about 1/2 tsp. of orange zest.

With mixer beat butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in flour, anise seed, and orange zest. Refrigerate 60 minutes.  Roll flat and cut with cookie cutter. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.  Cool and then  roll in cinnamon and powdered sugar after baking.

♥Love this recipe. The cookies were more of a shortbread type cookie and very good.

I truly don’t remember what my mom’s cookies tasted like, I just know that I loved them.

By the way my hubby , my oldest grandson, and my oldest daughter gave me a 5 star rating on the cookies. My son-in-law, Aaron gave me a 4.7 rating…. hmmm.

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strawberry pie

I hardly ever bake anymore because there’s only two of us now and we usually have to eat the whole shebang.

I’ve always wanted to make a strawberry pie, but only if it was super easy.

So I searched and found a recipe on the Mr. Food site.  It’s easy, tastes good and hubby liked it.

Besides being easy, the glaze is not overly sweet and it sets nicely, plus, when sliced the pie does not fall apart like some of the pies I’ve had.

slice of pie

 

Recipe:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup strawberry gelatin

5 cups fresh strawberries, halved.

1  (9-inch) pie crust ( I used a ready made crust)

Whipped cream or frozen whipped topping

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, water, and cornstarch to a boil; cook 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly.
  2. Stir in gelatin until dissolved.  Remove from heat; let cool 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Place strawberries in a large bowl and pour glaze over them. Toss gently until evenly coated, then spoon evenly into baked pie crust. Cover and chill 4 hours.  Serve with whipped cream or topping of your choice.

I know I’ll make this again!❤️❤️❤️❤️


peaches mixed

Back in late May and early June our peach tree gave us plenty of fruit.  Although small in size they were pretty good.

I prepared some for the freezer, hoping to use them at a later date, which I finally was able to do.

First I made a smoothie for our grandson and hubby, who were hard at work in our yard last week.  I figured they would enjoy a cold drink early in the morning.

If you recall my smoothie recipe from my post https://laflor5233.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/ I added strawberries, but this time I added some frozen peaches and it turned out very refreshing.

I also found a peach cobbler recipe on allrecipes.com, which I plan on using from now on.

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler:

8 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced.–I used about 6 or 7 cups of my peaches.

1/4 cup  white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg—I didn’t have any, so left it out.

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp cornstarch

1 cup flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces.

1/4 cup boiling water

Mix together 3 tbs white sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon for the topping

Preheat oven to 425 ℉

In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice. and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish.  Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend in butter with finger tips or pastry blender, until mixture resembles course meal.  Stir in water until just combined.

peach cobbler

Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them.  Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

cobbler

I didn’t put all the sugar and cinnamon topping on because I felt it would be sweet enough and I was right.♥️❤️♥️♥️



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