Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Hardcore domestication

The older I become, the more I enjoy creating things. My love of cooking developed as a single gal in my 20s and has grown over the years. I like the challenge of a recipe, especially of a dish I've enjoyed in restaurants (mmm, homemade Vietnamese hoagies) and I will admit failure when a dish bombs (damn you, fish cakes). I also like making things though I tend to get discourage (I'm looking at you, unfinished sock), but I keep trying. I finished the skirt I started in my sewing class and wear it to work with pride. I'm working on zabutons (floor cushions) and need some stuffing and a good zipper to continue. A couple of Sundays ago, I ripped apart a pair of old, holey jeans and made a rocking jean skirt. I feel so satisfied when something turns out right and always hopeful when I try something new. I'm now knitting something on circular needles, a first for me. I will definitely show it off no matter how it turns out.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on these beautiful cookies. Drool at their splendor! Bask in their golden hue. Now, here's the recipe and replicate them youself.

1 cup unsalted butter at room temp.
1.5 cups of creamy peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars with a hand held mixer until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time.

2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and powder and salt.

3. Slowly stir flour mixture into batter, a bit at a time so you don't overheat your mixer like I did the last time I made the cookies. Put batter in the fridge for a minimum of an hour. I usually make the batter in the morning and bake the cookies in the afternoon.

4. Roll batter into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets.

5. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or when the yummy goodness of peanut butter balls turn a golden colour.

Bonne chance!

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