Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cookies and Muffins

These are actually recipes I posted on my other blog some time back, but they are family favorites so I thought I would share them here as well. The only drawback to these is that it is summer, and these require the oven, but they are so good it is just about worth working up a sweat to have them! If it weren't from these cookies, I'd still be a size 2!!

Peanut Butter Cookies

INGREDIENTS:1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened1/2 cup chunky or smooth peanut butter1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed1 egg1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt
PREPARATION:Preheat oven to 375°.Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light. Add the egg and mix until fluffy.Blend the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together well. Add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375°.
The secret to these is the timing. If you cook them even minutes too long they end up crispy rather than chewy, yet if you don't cook long enough they fall apart. Ten minutes seems just about right. When the edges just start to turn golden, pull them out! YUMMY!!!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 cup canned pumkin
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tbls ground flaxseed
1 tsp vanilla
1 2/3 cup flour
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup chocolate chips
mix together and pour batter into grease muffin pan. Top with cinnamon/sugar mixture(3/4 cup sugar and 2tsp Cinnamon, save left overs for the next few times!)
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Delicious!