Saturday, December 09, 2006

Beyond sugar and spice...

I went missing the past couple of days, not that far- just to my laundry space. Poor Bella hasn't been feeling very sugary or spicy the last few days, and because of that, I am in the middle of my 15th load of laundry in three days. I'm telling you- nothing takes the 'spirit' out of the festive holiday season like a little influenza. Seems she's beginning to perk up, and I've got some cookie baking on my list of things I'd rather do today.
With my butter softening on the counter, I am deciding whether to begin making my gingerbread dough for our village this year, or to instead make my hubby's favorite...Peanut Butter/Chocolate Kiss Cookies. Funny note. We've been married 11 years, and just this year I found out that this is his favorite cookie. I should maybe spend more time with him and less with my washing machine, huh?! =)
Since my sister (thanks, Steph!) just sent me the recipe to these Holiday Classics, I will post it for you. And at some point I'll get that Spritz one up here too. I promise! Someday.
Here's to more of the 'goodness of the season'...and less laundry to keep me from the all-important Christmas cards that keep getting backed up further and further on my list of things to do. Hopefully I'll have them out by New Year's! Enjoy.

Peanut Butter/Chocolate Kiss Cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
48 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped

Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and salt; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. (If dough is too soft, refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes.) Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until very lightly golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate kiss in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets; cool completely on wire racks.
By the way, the cookie photo was not taken by me, and I don't know who to credit for it...same goes for the recipe. Still, I will take full responsibility for how your cookies do or don't turn out. I mean really, they've got a big candy on top- so how bad could they turn out!


Sarah said...

Thanks for posting that recipe! It is my favorite one, too!!

(And, one of the joys of marriage is learning new things about your spouse each year! I didn't know my husband liked pie better than cake until last year (year 8), and I found out that he can quote the entire Wizard of Oz during our 7th year ...who knew?)

Anonymous said...

That is so funny. I have had one of those moments in the past 17 years,but I wont mention mine Those cookie are my families favorite too. We have already made to batches and they have eaten them all. Have fun baking.

Anonymous said...

Those are some of my favortite cookies too! :) Mmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with getting the ick out. I feel for you. It is times like these you need 3 washers and dryers.

Maybe Chip will help with Mt.Laundry and you can learn some other interesting details about him you have missed or forgotten while sorting and folding :)

Anonymous said...

Love those cookies... make em every year. Last year I found kisses with carmel inside... a fun little surprise when you bite into the cookie!

Christal said...

Hi Jody,

I hope that poor little Bella is feeling MUCH better and she is full of spice again! Hope that everyone else is healthy and full of energy! Maybe they can help with other household chores! LOL! Cookies sound good, thank you for the reciepe. Christal

julia said...

I'm with you in a laundry room on the other side of the world! Only thing is I have a car to clean too (YUK - I'm sure you didn't want to know that).

Carrie said...

I love that recipe! It makes me think of winters with my grandparents back in Gaylord. Hope the kids feel better soon!