Saturday, August 29, 2015

Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies!

Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and a friend gave me a delicious recipe for peanut butter and jelly cookies. I make peanut butter cookies about every three years so i was little skeptical on how great these could be. But she promised they weren't too hard, weren't too sweet, and were perfect right out of the oven. So, we had to try!
(We used our little cookie press on a few. So cute!)
 1 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1.2 cups flour

 Blend the eggs, sugar, vanilla, butter, and peanut butter together. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add to the egg and sugar mixture. Form balls and bake at 350F for six to eight minutes. Any longer and they start to get crispy, which is fine if you want crispy... but these are supposed to be like a PB&J sandwich.
 When the cookies have cooled a little but are still warm, fill the indentations with jam or jelly. We used our strawberry jelly (from a previous post!).
 The smelled amazing and tasted even better! A real treat!
 The morning glory in our garden is blooming. I had no idea this was considered a weed in some places! Here, we try to get the seeds started inside in the spring and then carefully transplant them outside. Facebook friends told me they take over the property in some regions and have to be ripped out!
 And our seedless champagne grapes are ready. Maybe I already posted about it. Well, they're super yummy and I can't post about them enough. Grape season is so short here that we revel in it while it lasts.
 My neighbors zinnias! Really, they just had to be on the post. Too pretty not to share!
 And my polydactyl kitty is helping me with my new book. He's a great content editor! He goes to sleep if it's too boring...
And have to share this funny shot of our other kitty. He was yawning, I swear, but it looks like he's yelling, "M-om! He's TOUCHING ME!" 
I hope everyone has a wonderful last weekend in August! I can't believe it's almost September already!! Summer has just flown by!
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  1. I love jelly-filled cookies. Why is that? They're just so stinkin' delicious and I love them....

    But I love the cat more, LOL! That's like the funniest picture ever! Hahahahahahahahah.

    Cats are so weird.

    We have three new baby kittens in our garage.


    And life goes on.

  2. I think I've had jelly filled cookies once or twice in my life. Now, those peanut butter cookies with Hershey's kisses are all the rage here. I could probably measure my life in those 30 a year?
    And now I want to make some....

  3. Oh, those cookies really do look delicious!

    And wish Hershey's kisses - oh yes, that would be good.

    But but but... I've been trying to be good and eat grapes not cookies.
    Really not a hardship. They are so delicious and crisp.

    We had a morning glory last year that grew along the fence by the sidewalk. It was pretty amazing. A seed must have blown from the window box. This morning glory grew like crazy and twined its way around the wrought iron fence. It was a big conversation starter.

    1. It's funny. I posted on facebook how excited I was about our morning glory and probably half the comments were how they always pull it up because it's a weed! That made me laugh since I try to cultivate the seeds inside and SOMETIMES we'll get a good vine. Goes to show that one woman's weed is another woman's garden glory. :)

    2. P.S. eating a lot of sugar makes me feel sick, so I don't usually eat cookies or cake, etc. I love the grapes, but they have a lot of sugar, too. Even apple juice makes me sick sometimes.
      I like something a little bit sweet, like crepes or zucchini bread. Just enough sweet that it's a dessert, but not so sweet I feel like I need a nap!

  4. Those are scary looking teeth on that cat

    *says she who was bitten by a kitten

    1. Oh, yikes. I've never been bitten by a cat. And he's a very mellow kitty. We got him when he was only about 4 weeks old and definitely thinks we're his people.

  5. I love peanut butter cookies!! I can't believe I've never thought to add the jelly. Thanks for the recipe!!

    I love the photos. And like usual, I'm jealous. This time over the grapes. I bet they're delicious! I get addicted to grapes when they're in season and at their sweetest. Of course, mine are store bought. I can only imagine fresh.

    Your kitty looks like a tiger roaring. LOL

    1. I like store bought grapes, too, but they don't have that tang that grapes off the vine do. :) Sort of like late fall apples. When they're from the store, they all taste the same. Cold stored apples or apples left on the tree have that cider flavor. Mmmmm. I can't wait for apple season!
      That picture cracks me up. He's such a mellow cat. It's like a picture the cat paparazzi might use to blackmail a good-hearted kitty. LOL.