Sunday, October 30, 2005


on top of everything else i got accomplished today, the biggest was some halloween baking. i think when everything was said and done, i made six dozen cookies in three different varieties.

the kitchen with a ton of baking stuff all over the place. cooling cookies everywhere.

irrestible peanut butter cookies w/ reeces pieces

got this recipe from jif. very good cookie. love the texture.


3/4 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening

1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

3 Tablespoons milk

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 egg

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda


1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2. Place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling cookies.

3. Combine Jif peanut butter, Crisco® Shortening, light brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl.

4. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.

5. Add egg. Beat just until blended.

6.Combine flour, salt and baking soda.

7. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.

8. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.

9. Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with tines of fork.

10. Bake at 375ºF for 7 to 8 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

oatmeal/pumpkin cookies

i took this recipe that i got over at baking sheet and tweeked it a lil bit to add some fall flavor to it.

2 cups ap flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
quite a few good shakes of pumpkin pie spice (i like a can adjust this)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark), firmly packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs (large, extra or jumbo)
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup of canned pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350F.
Sift together flour, soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl.
Cream butter and sugars in a large bowl until well combined. Beat in vanilla, canned pumpkin and eggs until light, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour mixture. Add oat. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 11 minutes at 350F. Cookies will be lightly browned.
Let cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, then move to a wire rack until completely cooled.

oatmeal/pumpkin/walnut cookies with cream cheese frosting

same recipe as above except add some chopped walnuts. once cookies have cooled, spread with the following cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with more chopped walnuts.

cream cheese frosting
recipe from recipezaar

1 (8 oz) pkg. of cream cheese,softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cups powder sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla

mix with handmixer until smooth.

note: i made a half batch of this recipe and it frosted two dozen cookies!

hope everyone's hungry :)

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