Well, we have almost made it through our first week of middle school. Eeeekkkk! How did he get so big? Each year, we make cookies for the first week of school. It is a welcomed treat after the first day of school. Nothing says welcome home like warm cookies and cold milk. This gives me time to talk about his day and hear about all his adventures. Also, my kid likes to bring his lunch. He enjoys having his first week of school cookies in his lunch box.
This year we tried to cram all his favorites into one cookie. Chocolate chips, M&Ms, peanut butter, and oatmeal made these cookies extra yummy. Simple and tasted amazing.
Here’s to a great school year and lots of singing and dancing in the kitchen!
First Day of School Cookies
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 t vanilla extract
1 whole egg
¾ cup all purpose flour
¼ t salt
1 t baking soda
1½ cups old fashioned oats
1 cup M & M’s
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Then add in peanut butter. Add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the batter. Mix for a little less than a minute. Do not over mix. Fold in old fashioned oats, M & M’s and chocolate chips.
Make teaspoons of dough and place on prepared cookie sheets. I prepare my cookie sheets with parchment paper. Bake cookies for 11ish minutes or until lightly golden brown and firm on the edges. Remove from the oven and let set for 3-4 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once completely cooked, keep cookies in an airtight container. Cookies (if not all eaten) will last up to a week.
It would not be the holidays if you didn’t try a new recipe. This year my mom whipped up these little treats. The recipe comes from Trisha Yearwood. Trisha has become known as a sassy little thing in the kitchen. These little chocolate and peanut butter treats are dreamy and the pretzel bottom gives a complete tasty finish. And come on- no baking needed. Enjoy!- Amanda
Squares of Happiness (No-Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Squares)
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2 cups pretzel rods or sticks, crushed into crumbs
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup plus 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, add the melted butter, pretzel crumbs, confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup of the peanut butter and stir together until well combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish.
Combine the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted and smooth; two times should be enough. Mix to blend, then spread over the peanut butter-pretzel layer. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.
Oh my goodness! It’s clear that my house loves peanut butter and chocolate. The combination of these two heavenly ingredients turn this dessert into a rich, decadent treat. I will admit it was hard not to devour the complete pan while the boys were out. Sorry! No one needs that visual! Seriously, enjoy your delicious square of goodness and then do 100 push-ups (on your toes) or just say you did. -AF
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
1 (18.25) package plain yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 T butter, melted
2 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine cake mix, butter, peanut butter, and eggs in a large bowl using a mixer or spoon. Press this into a 9X13 pan reserving 1 1/2 cup of the mixture to crumble on top. In a small pan, melt chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Spread chocolate mixture over the mixture pressed in the pan and then crumble the 1 1/2 cups of reserved cake mixture on top evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Look at that pan of goodness
The smell of cookies… Today the Fuller home was seasoned by Monster Cookies. The only thing that is scary about these cookies is the amount you may consume. Personalize your cookies with colorful M&Ms. Today I used V-Day M&Ms but how fun to use your favorite team colors for the Super Bowl. Pour a cold glass of milk and you are set!
For the Cookie Monster in all of us!- AF
Can you feel the LOVE?
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup and 2 T brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups peanut butter
1 t corn syrup
1/4 t vanilla
4 1/2 cups regular oats, uncooked
2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 cup M&Ms (get crazy with your colors)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Begin to add sugars, beating well. Add peanut butter, eggs, syrup and vanilla. Mix well. Add oats, soda, and salt; stir well. Now stir in M&Ms and chocolate chips. Dough will be stiff.
Pack dough into a 1/4 cup measuring cup. Drop dough 4 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Lightly press each cookie with fingertips into a 3 1/2-inch circle.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes (the center of cookies should be slightly soft). Cool slightly on cookie sheet. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.