Goodbye goodies, wine and shopping and hello yogurt, fruit and saving. It’s that time of year again when most of us resolve to change something in our lives. Eat healthier, exercise more or spend less. Whatever your resolution one thing is for sure. Most of us will fail miserably. Or at least that’s how we’ll feel when we eat that cookie, skip the gym or buy those boots we just couldn’t pass up.
So this year I decided to forego my annual aggravation at an attempt to change myself physically, and try something new. This year I will find one thing to be happy about in my life everyday, no matter my mood. I’m not sure where this will lead, and I’m not looking for anything other than really seeing my life as it is. Along the way, maybe I will find something I’ve been missing or
just haven’t seen. I’ll keep you posted. So here’s to being happy with what we have instead of conforming to what we think we should be.
Today I’m happy to share this super easy peanut butter cookie recipe with you—one of my all time favorite comfort foods.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar (plus extra for dipping)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Stir together flour salt and baking soda, set aside.
Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, peanut butter and vanilla and mix well.
Mix in flour mixture and chill dough for 15 minutes.
Shape dough into 3/4 oz balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet (or spray sheet with a little cooking spray) about 2 inches apart.
Dip a fork into sugar and flatten balls with crisscross marks.
Bake at 300 degrees for 7-10 minutes. Enjoy.
Have a Happy and Healthy 2012!
Cindy Coligan, a native of Houston, Texas, is the chef/owner of Lanie Lou’s Cafe at 135 East Erie Street (just off Route 303) in Blauvelt, NY. Reach her at (845) 680-6199.