Friday, June 26, 2009
I found another great way to get rid of an excess of milk. Cookies! If you leave a plate of these little goodies out on the table, your family members will be reaching for a glass of milk in no time flat.
This is the ultimate cookie recipe, with something for everyone. It has peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips all rolled into one delicious recipe, which I found in The Ultimate Cookie Book by Better Homes and Gardens. (Thanks, Mom!)
The cookbook has more than 500 cookie recipes and it includes tips for how to make better cookies, which comes in handy for people like me who are a tad bit cookie challenged. One of the things I don’t like about cookies is how long it takes to bake them. This recipe was easy, but it must make a billion cookies. Actually the recipe says it makes 48 (!!!), but I wouldn’t know because I gave up after 24 because we were heading out to the movies and I ran out of time. So I put the remaining dough in the fridge and the next day, I let it come to room temperature and then pressed it into an ungreased 8 by 11 inch pan and baked it at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
The cookies were fabulous, but the bars were even better! So moist and chewy and full of flavor. Pass the milk, please… Chick update: The girls are finally outside! The Kitchen Genius has built them a wonderful home that includes a 8 by 12 foot pen.
My reluctant chicken farmer now loves his chicklets and built them a play set made out of a sawhorse and a corner roost that's about 4 feet high. Of course, we had to teach them how to use their new toys.
It didn’t take them any time at all to figure out how to climb up onto their new playground.
I was pretty darn nervous on their first night outside and sat on my back deck reading and listening for predators for hours. So far, so good (knock on wood). I was told that the chickens would automatically go into their coop as soon as the sun went down, but our chicks perched on their corner roost instead.
We’ve been tucking them into bed by hand ever since they first began going outside in their mobile pen and they needed me to do that the first couple of nights. Buttercup and Rosie figured it out first and I swear they stood at the doorway calling the others up, until one by one they figured it out.
Now at 7:30 every night, they all climb their little ladder and when I go out to close up the coop, they are all happily perched side by side on their roosting bar. I can't believe how big they are now...
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Drops
(slightly adapted from The Ultimate Cookie Book by Better Homes and Gardens)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup of creamy or chunky peanut butter (I used creamy)
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 package chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, baking power and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let stand for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer to wire rack and cool.
For a printable recipe click here