As all my friends know, I have a voracious sweet tooth, which prompts me on many an evening to bake something to satisfy it. I also adore peanut butter, and firmly believe that anything with peanut butter included has a sufficient amount of nutrition to condone consumption in any amount.
These satisfy my peanut butter and sweet urge and are simply the easiest cookies ever. I modified a Gourmet recipe to come up with this. I monkey around with the cup of sugar: sometimes it is all brown sugar, sometimes all white sugar, sometimes a mixture, it works regardless of the combination. Although, if pressed I would say brown sugar in some quantity really makes the recipe work best.
I cup sugar
I cup crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
I egg - lightly beaten.
To the beaten egg add the other ingredients. Roll dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Do the little thingy with the fork to smush them and make a criss cross pattern. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
This weekend, I read a book called One Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi. I am not one for love stories, but I am one for food stories and this incorporates both in a stunning, mouth watering, page turning way. The story is peppered with fantastic visual analogies as well as recipes. Immediately upon completing the book (which I did within 24 hours of receipt) I tried the Pasta with Walnut sauce, which was lovely. If you are so inclined to try the recipe, add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese (Reggiano, not the fake stuff).
I am having much fun reading a blog that I just discovered: Cute Overload. If you love animals, you will love this blog.