Peanut Butter Cookies 3 ways

In the beginning of this year I had made the decision to go back to work at the daycare I’d worked at before working at home. One of the best changes that happened was that I’ve been baking a lot of cookies.

One of the easiest cookies that I have made is peanut butter cookies. I can’t remember where I this recipe originally came from, but I’ve been using it for years.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg

Pre-heat your oven to 350. Combine all three ingredients in a medium size bowl. I find that it works best when you use a Wooden spoon instead of a mixer. Once your ingredients are fully mixed together take about a tablespoon of the dough and roll it into a ball  then on either a greased cookie tin or one lined with parchment paper flatten a bit it using a fork. Bake for 10-15 minutes

Sandwich Penut Butter Cookies

My mom’s favorite version of this is the sandwich cookies.  After making the cookie dough instead of making individual cookies I put all of the cookie dough on the tin and flattened it out by pressing another tin on top. You can use a rolling pin but I couldn’t find mine. This one because it’s all as one had to bake a lot longer I think it was for 30 minutes. While the cookie was cooling I mixed up some peanut butter frosting. Then using a cookie cutter I cut the small shapes out of the dough and frosted half of the cookies then covered it with an unfrosted cookie. When making these you might want to double the recipe.

M&M

For a bright and colorful mix you can fold in a few handfuls of M&M to your cookie dough.  The kids really seem to like these ones.

Reece’s

Another way I makes these is to add some mini Reece’s peanutbutter cups inside.  I chopped a handful of these in half before mixing them into the cookie dough

Let me know if you’ve made any of these before. I could also use some suggestions for other cookies to make because I’m sure at work they’re getting tired of peanut butter cookies.

Try also: Nutella Cookies


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Mug Brownies

Hey guys,

I can’t cook.  I mean, I can, but just enough to feed toddlers lunch. I am great at PB&J picnic lunches. I do like to bake though. The only problem is that most of the time I end up with too many treats and they get wasted.  I do usually feed them to the kids, and I cut a lot of recipes in half.  However now I’ve found the perfect treat, just for one.

The best part about these brownies, is it’s all basic ingredients that I keep in the house anyway. Well I guess to be fair I don’t always have cocoa powder. Another great thing about this is that from start to finish it probably takes about five minutes. It’s so easy I let the kiddos make them for themselves. Which one of the little ones did prefer to eat the batter instead of waiting for it to be microwaved (there is no egg so it was totally safe.) Any way lets get started. The first thing you need to do is to pick out your favorite microwave safe coffee mug, and melt the butter.  If you want to keep the brownie from sticking to the side of the cup I tipped the cup so the butter coats the walls of the cup. Then add everything else and stir it up real well till everything is mixed together. Then pop it into the microwave for 60 seconds, Then let it cool and enjoy.

You can do all kinds of things with recipe. I added some of the Andies mints, because mint and chocolate is the best.  When I made them with the kids we added Mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.  You could Even turn these into great gifts. You could fill a sandwich bag with the all of the dry ingredients, a put it in the perfect mug, and tie a note with the wet ingredients telling them how to finish on it. 

I loved making this mostly because it’s so quick and simple. I don’t love chocolate, when I want something sweet I usually go for candy, but these brownies taste amazing. The best part, is I don’t have to throw any away.

I think you should definitely try making these and let me know what you think.




Baking Nutella Cookies

I think my favorite cookies are nutella cookies. I made some for the first time not to  long ago.  They turned out great.

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For these cookies you’re going to need to gather up the ingredients .  So you will need

  • 2 1/2 Cups of Flour
  • 1/4   Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp  of salt
  • 1 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups of Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 2 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of Nutella
  • Powdered Sugar(optional)

The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit .  Now that you’re ovens heating up whisk together your flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set that aside. Next you’re going to want to cream the butter with both the brown and white sugar until it’s smooth. Then mix in the eggs, and after that the vanilla and Nutella.  Once that’s all mixed together add your flour mixture, probably about  a third at a time. Now suggest stirring it in with a whisk before turning your mixer on, to contain the mess of flour that goes everywhere from the mixer.

Once it’s all mixed in, with a tablespoon, drop the cookie dough on to a greased cookie sheet, and bake for about 12-15 minutes. Once they’re done you can Sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on top. (It didn’t do much to the taste but it looked pretty)

These cookies go great with hot chocolate.nutella-cookies

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Happy Birthday… to the sun?

Ok let me explain, I watch the sweetest and weirdest kids ever.  One day last week while we were walking home from the park one of the four year olds noticed a banner/flag thing on the side of someone’s house.  Assuming it was a birthday banner she asked, Who’s birthday it was.  I had told her that it wasn’t for someone’s birthday, that it was for the sun.  From that she got that it was the sun’s birthday, a little bit later, she decided that the sun needed a cake.  So I told her next week we’d make cup cakes for the sun.

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The banner looked similar to this

So we did. Because I am made this with the little ones, I measured every thing out first, then they added the ingredients  You will need

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  • 1 1/2 Cups of flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 Eggs at Room Temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of milk at Room Temperature

Preheat the oven to 350 ° F.
Whisk in the Baking Soda, and Salt into the Flour and set it aside.  Now Cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla.  When everything is mixed in well, add the milk and flour in parts and mix in between. I’m gonna suggest stirring in the flour before turning on the mixer.. Unless you want a big floury mess.

Once your little helpers (or you if you’re baking it you’re self) counts out 12 cupcake liners, and fills pan it’s time to pour in the batter, and bake them for about 35-40 minutes.

After they are done baking and while they are cooling it’s time to make the frosting. and for that You will needHBD Sun 2

  • 3 cups of powderd/confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cups of butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla
  • a small amount of milk

Cream the butter and the vanilla until it’s well blended, then start adding the powder sugar.  Again I suggest that you carefully stir it in before turning on the mixer, you can add  milk (in tiny amounts at a time) if your frosting is too thick, but you don’t have to.  I added yellow and orange food coloring to make the cupcakes look like the sun.  Even if they look a bit flowerlike.Cupcake

After picking the big girls up from school, they decided we needed to have snack out side and even sing happy birthday to the sun.  We have started to give the sun emotions, when last year they asked who I had a crush on and couldn’t think of anything and said the sun.  So it made sense to them, to have a cake for the sun, I did, however, draw the line at them wanting to throw one up to the sun.

I do a lot of silly things for these kids,  I think that’s one of my favorite things about babysitting.  What types of silly/nonsense things have you done for kids?

XO Johnnielynn,

Peppermint Brownies

I can’t cook.  I mean, yes,  I can manage to make breakfast and lunch every day for the kids, but it’s a miricale if I can get them to eat anything but cereal in the mornings, and lunch is easy to cook.  However I love baking. I don’t know why I just do.  I cant tell you why I don’t mind getting egg on my hands, but if I have to touch raw chicken I want to cry.

Any way; I was at the store one day and I had seen a string of mini candy canes, and I thought they’d be great on borwnies. So I bought them and decided I was going to make some.

Ok now brownies are quite easy to make.

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You will need.

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 4 mini candy canes. More or less depending on taste

A spatula, two bowls, and an electric hand mixer are handy to have as well

So first things first, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Then you’re going to need to pop the butter into the microwave for about 30 seconds, and then mix the butter into the sugar, and add the eggs, vanilla.
Next your going to want to mix in a separate bowl the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder, and slowly add the powders to the butter/sugar mix I like to first stir it together with spatula so there is less powder going every where then the mixers are turned on, then with an electric mixer, beat until the batter is a  smooth.
Now you’re going to pour the batter into a baking dish and bake for about 25-30 minutes. I like to cook brownies at the lesser time, so that they would be goey and a tiny bit undercooked.

While that’s baking, it’s a good time to crush the candy canes.  using a spoon I just hit the mini candy canes until they were small enough for the brownie toppings, and when it comes out of the oven sprinkle the candy cane bits on top. I only put the candy canes on half of the brownies, since no one else likes peppermint.IMG_0460

I think brownies are the easiest thing to make, and they have always come out good… at least I think they do, unlike cupcakes which occasionally come out still good but kind of dry.  Also I saw this link saved to my computer with the same recipe so I’m going say it’s save to assume find all of my new recipes from. this one also comes with directions for frosting as well. Which I would suggest using because I tried to make my own by melting some chocolate chips, with butter and mixing in powdered sugar.  It tasted alright, but I could not get it to spread, and it doesn’t look very pretty.

Do you have a favorite thing to bake/cook? Leave it in the comments below. I’d love to find new things to make

XO Johnnielynn