Cookies, Chili, Life and Let It Snow! (Recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate)

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 Hello All:It’s an exciting time in New England with a major snowstorm on the horizon. How much will fall? Will there be school tomorrow ? When can we get out and play in it? These are major questions burning in the minds of anyone who has a child or is simply a kid at heart. A fresh blanket of snow―with its endless possibilities for play and beauty―there is nothing like it.

Here is a meal, perfect for this period of anticipation.Sunday Afternoon Chilis a hearty dish made up of a complex variety of tastes and textures. This stew will fill the house with heavenly aromas while you watch the snow fall. Enjoy it with homemadeParmesan Cheese Muffins, chilled beer or cider, and make these old-fashioned Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookiesfor dessert. A satisfying meal, one that everyone in the family can enjoy.

I so appreciate your warm responses to my recent post about my experiences at the hospital where my mother underwent surgery a couple of weeks ago. I am touched by your concern. You filled me in on similar emotions, similar experiences in your own lives. The writing of the post was cathartic but it became healing as I talked with each of you. It is often hard to find the right tone to include on these pages. My natural tendency is to try to keep things light, to protect others from what feels like dark times. But that would not be honest, that would not be real. It is the totality of human emotion that makes life worth living.

Things are still hard but my mother is safe in after care. We don’t how much she will improve.  I am trying to take things one day, one moment at a time.

Be well. Stay safe.

I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.

Dena


PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES WITH CHOCOLATE

Yield: 30 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 30 chocolate medallions, or chocolate kiss candies (unwrapped)
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl or standing mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract. Mix to combine, then add the eggs, one at a time. Beat until they are fully incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, oatmeal flakes, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry ingredients in to the peanut butter mixture.
  5. Using your hands, shape the dough in to 30 balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheets. Press one chocolate medallion or chocolate kiss candy on top of each cookie.
  6. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until they are browned and the chocolate beginning to melt, about 15 minutes.
  7. Remove them from the oven and sprinkle them immediately with a small amount of sea salt. (You want to sprinkle on the salt while they are still warm, so the granules will adhere to the chocolate before it hardens.)
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Serve and enjoy.