Friday, October 17, 2008

A Family Favorite

If you know my oldest daughter E, you know that she LOVES to cook...especially baking. At 9 years old, she is capable of doing a lot of things by herself! She is a big help in the kitchen and she loves to make yummy snacks!

A few years ago, she was a BIG RR fan! E would pretend she had her own cooking show just like RR. As she made cookies, she would talk through the steps as if she had an audience. It was so cute to see and hear her do this!
E in 2006 decked out in her apron set

Now she is older and sadly those days are over.

These days she makes cookies or banana bread or some other dish for the pure enjoyment of doing it and sharing the fruit of her labor with others!

Because of this great love of being in the kitchen, she has started collecting cookbooks. Our church made a cookbook a few years ago. She was 7 and begged for me to buy her one! So we gave her one for Christmas thus beginning the cookbook collection.

One of her cookbooks is written for kids specifically about baking. It teaches the basics to baking and is full of easy step-by-step recipes. Some are easy and some are challenging making it the perfect cookbook for someone who wants to learn about baking pies, cakes, breads and not just cookies.

A new favorite cookie recipe that she has been making from this cookbook is called Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies.

I thought I would share the recipe for you to try. It just may become one of your family favorites too.

1 1/4 cups Peanut Butter
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 lg egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
chocolate kisses with the foil removed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, beat peanut butter and brown sugar until well blended. Scrape down bowl and add egg and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Add flour. Mix on low just until blended.

Roll the cookies into balls. Place on prepared baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake 10 - 12 minutes until puffed and dry looking on top. Immediately place an unwrapped chocolate kiss in center of each cookie.

Let cool for 10 minutes before eating.

NOTE: I think they are better the next day!!! If you can wait that long! Also, they are just as good without the chocolate kiss on top. We just gently press them down the cookie with a fork when they first come out of the oven.

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