Quick Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Biscuits

It’s no newsflash that I love shortcuts. This peanut butter cookie recipe is my ultimate quick fix for that panicky feeling you get when you’ve got people arriving for a visit at late notice and you find yourself contemplating what sort of catering miracles you can conjure up with 2 bruised apples, a cheese slice and a jar of jalapenos (possibly something to consider for a future post).

In any case, these cookies have got me out of a tight spot or two.  A couple of pantry staples and 10 minutes later your house will smell delectable and you’ll look like the domestic goddess I wish I was.

Note: I’m sorry, these are no good for nut & egg allergy sufferers. You may need to work on your apple/cheese/jalapeno repertoire.

3/4 cup Peanut Butter (I use extra crunchy)

3/4 cup castor sugar

1 egg

Combine ingredients and dollop spoonfuls of mixture on a lined baking tray. Flatten slightly with a wet fork. Bake in a moderate oven until brown – about 7 minutes. Cookies will be soft when hot but will firm up on cooling. Told you it was easy!!

Peanut Butter Biscuits

This recipe is actually from a Weight Watchers cookbook. The batch is supposed to make 30 cookies (1 old-fashioned WW point each) but with my generous dolloping, I’m yet to get more than 15 out of a batch.

When you aren’t in panic mode, this is a great recipe for getting the kids to help with.  The amount of compliments I get about these little gems is rather amazing for something so simple.

So tell me, what’s your fail safe for last-minute catering? Do you have your own version of peanut butter cookies?

Baking Day

There is nothing quite like an afternoon baking with the offspring to leave me feeling vaguely homicidal.

I know kids love baking. I know it’s great for them to be involved and to learn. I’m just way too much of a control freak to be really into the whole flour going everywhere, opps the spoon went on the floor and then back in the bowl, did you just stick your finger in your nose AND THEN IN THE MIXTURE ??? type thing.

You know what I’m saying. I’m a bad mother.

The good thing about the stress and mess of this particular scenario is, of course, the end result.  Today we baked a very yummy and simple (mandatory criteria) biscuit recipe courtesy of Fat Mum Slim. You can find the recipe here. Essentially its butter, condensed milk, sugar and self-raising flour. As I said, easy!

The batter makes a zillion cookies so I halved it and used the left over condensed milk to make… ummm…caramel fudge.  What? It would have been a waste otherwise!!

Anyhoo… the other thing I love about this recipe is that you can add whatever you want. I had a heap of bits left over from various culinary projects so I let the boys go for it (as much as a control freak can) so we ended up with sprinkles, chocolate melts and rainbow choc bits, as well as couple of variations on jam drops – one with raspberry jam and one with my Pop’s homemade lemon butter.

So, it may have been a little bit traumatic while the scooping and the spreading and the slooshing was happening, but we all survived and have 30+ cookies and a slab of caramel fudge to show for it.

 All’s well that ends well.

Now where’s that fudge…

How did you spend your Sunday afternoon?