Friday, February 12, 2010

Magic Peanut Butter Cookies!

It was the super bowl and TJ started a tradition of everyone joining for the festivities. The men enjoyed the game and the women the commercials with lots and lots of food throughout the process. TJ missed it this year because he moved to Utah but we held it any way (not as much shouting from the family room, kind of calm) (TJ, you should think of joining us next year) I do like to try new recipes and this one jumped way off the page calling to me. I found the recipe on the web site Tasty Kitchen (The Pioneer Woman's outlet for the cooks that follow her), posted by Karly Campbell thanks Karly . It's my new favorite cookie. The recipe follows at the bottom of the page, or click on the link and go right to the recipe.

I only changed one small way that they cookies were made and that is that she said to make 30 balls (cookies) but I found it easier to make them into 32 by dividing the dough into fourths, and then divide equally again and again until I had 32 of both the filling and the dough. I find this easier than guessing and making 30. What can I say I need structure, I'm not for much free form. OK, I have issues, but if you know me you already know that.
Dividing the dough.
Rolling the peanut butter/powdered sugar into balls for the filling. It is wonderfully yummy!
My hands don't look so wrinkly on this side just a little pink and I thought that the undertone of my skin was yellowish.

Make sure to completely cover the filling with the Chocolate/Peanut Butter cookie dough.
I then placed them seam side down on my cookie sheet. I love, love, love my silpat mats. I ordered them from ebay (huge ones, and then cut them exactly to fit my cookie sheets, all four of them) boy do they make cooking and removing cookies easy. I also use them for candy making, just pour the candy or carmel corn or whatever you don't want to stick out on the sheet, this way you save having to butter a pan and save a few calories so that you can have more cookies or candy, it's a win/win and easy.
Then I dipped a glass in granulated sugar and gently pressed down on the dough and you get great looking and tasting cookies.

Out of the oven and ready for their fate of making us smile and say yum.
Putting out the cookies for the game, see I'm leaving another spot for the other two types of cookies that I made.
One bite leads to another, and soon they are all gone. Just look at the creamy filling surrounded by a crunchy chocolate/peanut butter cookie. I know you want some!! Better get cooking, it's not too late today.
Just wanted to add this picture, it's our new glasses, yes!! we needed new glasses. I love dishes/glasses and this set was calling our name it's a Riedel, they are crystal but-- a new crystal without lead-- instead they add titanium and their feel is so light yet strong (a little on the pricy side). They are wonderful. Doesn't the milk (in the previous picture) look perfect in the glass?

Magic Peanut Butter Cookies


1-½ cup All-purpose Flour

½ cups Cocoa Powder

½ teaspoons Baking Soda

½ cups White Sugar

½ cups Packed Brown Sugar

½ cups Butter

¼ cups Peanut Butter

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 whole Egg



¾ cups Powdered Sugar

¾ cups Peanut Butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and 1/4 cup of peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg. Slowly mix in the flour mixture. Set aside.

For the peanut butter filling, combine confectioners’ sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter. Beat together well. Roll filling into 32 small balls. Try to keep the balls all the same size—around 1 inch.

For each cookie, use 1 tablespoon of chocolate dough and roll into a ball (32). Squish the ball of chocolate dough flat and place a peanut butter ball in the center. Wrap the chocolate dough up and around the peanut butter ball to completely cover. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass into white sugar and use the cup to lightly flatten the cookie balls. Bake for 7-9 minutes.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Here is the recipe that I used to create the Lassi for Connie's Indian feast a couple of weeks ago . . .

Bhanu Hajratwala’s Mango Lassi

Serves 4-6

1 big can (30oz) of sweetened mango pulp

3 cups of buttermilk

1 cup water

5 Tbsp sugar

pinch of saffron (optional, but recommended)

1. Blend all ingredients together. (note: if your blender can’t handle all the liquid at once—then put in half the mango, half the buttermilk, all the sugar and the pinch of saffron to make sure the sugar is dissolved and the saffron blended. Then you can add the rest of the mango, buttermilk and water to the blended stuff in a pitcher and just give it a good stir.)

2. Serve over ice or well chilled.

Don’t you love a simple recipe sometimes? I don’t know why every other Lassi recipe I’ve seen has been made with yogurt—the buttermilk is way better in it and the pinch of saffron is just brilliant. It gives it a little exotic aftertaste that is not really place able, but really makes the Lassi special.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Banana Brunch Cake

I (Mark) don't bake that often. I have this favorite recipe that is worth sharing: enjoy!

Banana Brunch Cake

1/2 C. butter ( I use canola oil to cut down my cholesterol)
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. mashed bananas
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla

2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar together beating constantly. Beat eggs in one at a time. Mix in banana, sour cream, and vanilla.
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold into creamed mixture just until moistened.
Sprinkle 1/2 topping into a well greased bundt pan. Spoon 1/2 batter over topping. Sprinkle remaining topping over batter, then cover with remaining batter.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
When baked let cool for about 5 minutes then turn out upside onto a plate to finish cooling.

1/2 C. chopped nuts
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon ( I always add more!)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Scott's Graduation from CSUSB in Accounting!

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Scott Mark Hendrickson walked in his commencement ceremony for his completion of his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from California State University San Bernardino. His finished his schooling in August and already has his diploma but got the opportunity to walk. He graduated with Honors!!

Scott and Amanda--both glad that this part of his schooling is done. Now his 4 CPA tests to pass!
Here he is with his money donors.
Grandparents Bill & Jean Fiet--, his sister Jodi and her husband Robby were also there being very supportive (didn't download a pic, sorry).
Also his In-laws Ken and Penny Marks, Ken's parents (oops, don't know their first names) Grandma & Grandpa Marks, and Amanda's brother Cameron were there.
And the man of the hour with a rainbow of tassels and ribbons around his honored neck. If you watch the 3 minute video you will see that he was the very first one of the day to receive his bachelors degree. (masters program went first, but he was the first undergrad to walk.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Finley's Quilt

I was a little behind on the Grandkids quilts. I finished Caleb's and then I did a mad dash to get a quilt made for Finley. Jodi helped me pick the pattern and I had a roll of "Jelly Roll" fabric by Moda so it actually went pretty quick. I agonize way to much over fabric choice when I'm working on a quilt and then when I'm finished I feel fabric retarded, so this took all of the stress out fabric choice. A Jelly Roll is 40 - 2 1/2 inch wide strips x 42 inches long of coordinating fabric sold as a roll. Already cut and matched, the easy way out, and I took it.

Here is the finished quilt, it had 5 "Braids" of alternating fabric I really tried to be random when sewing another fabric to the braid. I finished it off with a small pink 1 inch border, and then added polished cotton pink stripe with a small white lace in-between. I like the look but I don't know why with all my weirdness the border seemed a little wavy. I don't like wavy! I like straight!!
This pic is actually before it was finished and I was pinning the "sandwich" together on the parlor floor so that i could machine quilt it.
Finley with her quilt.
I hope the it brings her happiness and warmth for many years to come.
Finley even seemed to like the color choice and appears to be looking and picking out her favorite fabric in the quilt. I love you forever Finley.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Aidan at the Beach

Mark, Jodi, Robby, Aidan, Finley, and I went to the beach for Labor Day. I know it's been about three weeks, but I had to post this. The Baird's haven't even seen it yet. Aidan made friends with a girl and she was playing on the beach with him, A huge wave came up (washed alot of peoples stuff away, not ours yeah!) and it made a huge puddle (for lack of a better word) close by and the played there for quite a while. Then she had this great idea. Boy did Adian have fun, and a little fright, but they did this several times with Aidan always asking for more, she was patient. Enjoy the wild man.