Salted Peanut Crisps

These are a cookie-but in a salty satisfying peanut way. That makes them more for grown ups than for kids in my mind. I am in a peanut mood though, so that could be why. Also, youngest shouldn’t eat peanuts with her braces-though she ignores that in some cases-I think this is one. These are super quick and not too horribly time consuming for non bar cookies. It might go over well if you are looking for a Super Bowl Dessert Type snack…easy to eat…peanuts and beer…go for it!

Heat oven to 375°

Cream together:
1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar (packed in cup)

Stir in:
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Sift together:
3 cups sifted Gold Medal Flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt

Mix together then add:

2 cups salted peanuts

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

From Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls, 1957

First Day of School

Today was the younger set of children’s first day of school. I have a few pics that their father sent but no details yet. For the first time ever, I won’t see them at all on the first day. I have been trying not to think about that, after all I have them the rest of the first week of school. (YAY!)

First day of school always brings out the June Cleaver brain in me though. I always wanted that mythical milk and cookies after school but for some reason, my mother never baked on the first day of school. Hmmm wonder why that was…oh perhaps the other million things stay at home moms do on the first day of school?

In any case, I would like to pretend that had we had a “normal” first day of school (and believe me, this wouldn’t have happened even IF they were to come here right after school, even if some time machine made us the “normal” type of family) I would have made cookies for the first day.

Chocolate chip cookies because my youngest likes them best. We confusingly (to her) call them Toll House cookies at this house. She started middle school today. My tiny baby that I am sure I could still pop into the sling and wear all day started MIDDLE SCHOOL. Yes, I knew it was coming. But, I am the mother of toddlers and a few teenagers, not mom to a tween, some teens and young adults. How did that happen?

In any case, in honor of the youngest today, her favorite:

Nestle Toll House Cookies AKA Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened (actually, I use stick margarine)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 bag (12-oz. pkg.) Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Then add dry ingredients. Mix until well blended. Drop spoon fulls on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes at 375. Let cool a tiny bit- a minute or two- before moving to wire rack. Tell children to watch fingers and not put into their mouth before cooling enough so they don’t roast their tongues on molten chocolate chip. Serve with milk.

Now, if it isn’t the first day of school, you can put the dough in a 9 x 13 pan and bake 20-25 minutes and have the much preferred BAR cookie. Ok, boy child and I (and every other sane parent who doesn’t live in a kitchen to do that 10 minute cookie dance) prefer bar cookies.

Jim Bars

These cookies are called Jim Bars in honor of the friend who got me hooked.  The children love them. My partner doesn’t agree they are a cookie and tends to call them candy or fudge.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

2 c. powdered sugar
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. peanut butter
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 c. (12 oz.) milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted.

Spray 9 x 9 in pan with Pam. Mix confectioners’ sugar, graham crackers, peanut butter and butter in medium bowl until well blended. Scrape into baking pan and press into even layer. Spread melted chocolate over top. Let sit 20 min and then slice into bars. Refrigerate until firm. Then cut again in the places you cut earlier.

Pecan Confections

These are quick and easy. They are delightful…and a perfect way to look like you were paying attention when you signed up to bring a cookie to the church social hour or the PTA coffee. They will be comforting…but a wee bit different… a wee bit trendy…they are so retro they are back. Parchment paper or waxed paper will make this easier, but don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand.

Pecan Confections

Beat 1 egg white to a stiff froth. Add gradually 1 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon flour and 1/8 tsp salt. Fold in 1 cup chopped pecans. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet. Bake in slow oven, 300 F., for 15 min. Cool a little before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 2 dozen.