Our Top 5 Recipes for Cookie Exchange Season!

Our Top 5 Recipes for Cookie Exchange Season!

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Tis the season of holiday cookie exchanges. A wonderful time of year! If you are still on the lookout for cookies to bake, checkout some of our favorite cookie recipes.


Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe is from one of our grandma’s cookbooks and the cookies are soft and chewy! Perfect to satisfy those sweet and salty cravings.

All Time Favorite Mini M&M Cookies
Whenever we crave chocolate chip cookies, this is the recipe we turn to. We have been making them for years and they are delicious.

Oatmeal Apple Cookies
If you love oatmeal cookies but not the traditional raisin variety, give these cookies a try. The apples in these cookies keep them moist, while the oatmeal plumps up to give them a chewy texture.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin spice has overtaken the food market, and we’re joining the trend. The spice mix in this recipe is perfection. The addition of mini chocolate chips make these cookies extra sweet and warming.

Date Pecan Cookies
Pecans add a delightful crunch to these cookies. The chopped dates are marvelous morsels that add moisture and soak up the warm spice flavors.

We hope you give these cookie recipes a try! Let us know how they turn out!

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Peanut Butter Cookies (GIFT #7)

Peanut Butter Cookies (GIFT #7)

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We have loved peanut butter cookies since we were little. They are salty and sweet and they always have that lovely crosshatch pattern across the top. When our grandparents lived in a separate state, they would mail us a box about every 6-8 weeks. This was always exciting. Our grandma would include lots of different things in her shipments: interesting newspaper clippings, new recipes she thought we might like that she found in a magazine or the newspaper, some of her tomatoes if they were ripe. But the best part of her boxes, were the baked goods. She loved her sweets and loved sharing them with us. One of her favorite cookies was peanut butter cookies.

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We have tried making all kinds of recipes for peanut butter cookies, but they never were satisfactory. They would taste great fresh out of the oven, but the next day, they would be hard as rocks. Always a disappointment! Eventually, we kind of gave up on the perfect peanut butter cookie and perfected the mini M&M cookie to satisfy our cookie needs.

After we started our series of Grandma Inspired Fantastic Treats, we were flipping through one of our grandma’s recipe books and found a recipe she had modified for peanut butter cookies. Could this be the recipe she used when we were little? Most likely yes, but who knows, we prefer to think yes. In the original recipe, it called for 2 teaspoons baking soda, but she had crossed it out and wrote down 1/2 teaspoon baking powder plus 1 teaspoon baking soda. Maybe this was the secret to great peanut butter cookies! We had to give it a try.

First, mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
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Cream softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy.
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Add eggs and mix, making the mixture even more creamy!
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Add a cup of creamy or crunchy peanut butter to the batter.
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Incorporate the flour mixture into the batter.
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The batter is ready!
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Dollop out batter with a small ice cream scoop.
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Smoosh the cookies with a large fork to create the classic peanut butter cookie cross-hatching.
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Bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
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The resulting cookies are the best peanut butter cookies ever. They are excellent coming out of the oven and still soft a couple of days later too!
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Peanut Butter Cookies GIFT

Peanut Butter Cookies GIFT

Ingredients

  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda, then set aside.
  3. Cream both sugars and softened butter together.
  4. Add eggs and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add peanut butter and mix until incorporated.
  6. Mix in flour mixture.
  7. Scoop balls onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  8. Use fork tines to mark the cookies with a crosshatch pattern.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes, until lightly brown.
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Best After-School Snack: PB and A

Best After-School Snack: PB and A

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In this morning’s post, we harvested some apples at Apple Annie’s in Willcox, now we can put them to good use! Move over PB and J, get ready for PB and A. Peanut butter and apples are a wonderful combination, perfect for an after school snack. Or in our case, a mid-afternoon snack that has nothing to do with school.

To cut up the apples, we use this style of apple slicer.

Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Slicer

The main advantage to a slicer like this is speed. You can get eight slices in one fell swoop. But watch your fingers! The slicer can be hard to get started, but once you have momentum, it will cut everything in its path.

The main disadvantage to the slicer is its style of cutting. If you want your apple slices more dainty, you need a knife. You can only get 8 rather chunky slices out of it. You’re also stuck with that bit of core at the center of the slice. You can these features in the apple slices below. Most days it is a non-issue since we are so HANGRY by that time of the day.

Start by cutting your apples and getting out your peanut butter tub.

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Dole out about 2 tablespoons of PB into a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 15 seconds on high.


Now it’s time for the secret ingredient: Cinnamon Sugar. It was a staple during our childhood, a simple mix of warmth and sweetness that pairs ridiculously well with the salty fatty peanut butter. Eat this mix of PB and Cinnamon Sugar on toast, waffles, tortillas – all the carbs really – for a delicious snack.

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Stir to mix then devour your snack!

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The type of apple we used for this recipe was Gala, but we also enjoy McIntosh, Braeburn, and when we’re feeling sassy, Granny Smith. The Kitchn.com has compiled lists of the best apples for eating, cooking, and baking that are definitely worth checking out.

Peanut Butter and Apples

Peanut Butter and Apples

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

  1. Carefully slice apple with knife or apple slicer.
  2. Heat the peanut butter in small microwave safe bowl in microwave for about 15 seconds on high.
  3. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on the peanut butter.
  4. Devour this yummy snack.
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Grandma’s Sweet and Savory Teriyaki Chicken (GIFT #2)

Grandma’s Sweet and Savory Teriyaki Chicken (GIFT #2)

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This is the second post in our blog series, Grandma-Inspired Fantastic Treats (GIFTs). Today’s treat is our Grandma’s recipe for teriyaki chicken.

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She would make this dish for special Japanese holidays including New Year’s, Boy’s Day and Girl’s Day. For this recipe, you can use any cut of meat. This time we used chicken breast, however, when our grandma made it, she always used chicken thighs. The dark meat takes on the marinade really well.

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This teriyaki sauce is delectable, sweet and salty. A hint of umami. So good. It might be the Karo syrup… ?

I remember seeing that stuff in the cupboard when I was a kid, before the whole anti-corn syrup movement, and wondering what is that goo? I had no idea it was made from actual corn! Ha. In case you’re interested in corn and food, here’s an informative article from the Washington Post: How corn made its way into just about everything we eat.

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After boiling, the ingredients come together to this wonderfully thick and shiny sauce. Cool marinade to room temperature and add to cut up chicken.

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We do all our marinating in gallon size ziploc bags. Stand the bag up in a large bowl to avoid spills.

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Ready to go in the fridge overnight.

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After baking at 325°F for an hour, you get… Grandma’s Sweet and Savory Teriyaki Chicken!!!

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While Grandma loved making Teriyaki Chicken, her favorite fast food joint was… you guessed it, Panda Express. Both our grandparents loved their orange sauce and mandarin teriyaki sauce. Panda Express is still a wonderful guilty pleasure for us, and while it is neither healthy nor artisanal, there is still something very comforting about sliding your tray down the line, drooling over greasy noodles and crab rangoons.

 

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Grandma's Sweet and Savory Teriyaki Chicken

Grandma's Sweet and Savory Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Karo Light
  • 1/8 cup mirin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 t ginger powder
  • 2-3 pounds chicken breast

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients EXCEPT the chicken in a medium saucepan
  2. Boil for 10 minutes
  3. Let cool
  4. Cut chicken into about 1 inch cubes
  5. Place chicken into gallon ziploc and pour sauce in
  6. Press air out of bag and massage so marinade is touching all sides of chicken
  7. Marinate overnight
  8. Preheat oven to 325°F
  9. Pour chicken into a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil
  10. Bake 30 minutes, turn pieces, bake another 30 minutes
  11. Chicken will be done when internal temperature reaches 165°F
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