Friday, February 6, 2009

In the kitchen with my 2

Grace is a Brownie for the first time, technically she's called a 'Daisy.' She loves being a Daisy scout and it's been very fun for her. This week it was her turn to bring a treat so the 3 of us made cookies on Monday. Grace is here unwrapping all the chocolate kisses. I think for every 4 kisses she unwrapped, she ate 1.
I enjoy cooking but LOVE to bake and would everyday if I could. Grace seems to also love it as much as I do, from the time she was quite young I've included her in the kitchen. It helps with math skills as far as measuring amounts and seeing how much a cup or half a cup or a tablespoon really is. At age 6 she gets all of the ingredients ready and puts them in the bowl of the mixer. Of course she has to take a break to lick the peanut butter off the spatula. Above are our finished cookies, a classic recipe that I remember my mother making, in fact I know she still makes them.


Now little Will's way of assisting is to jam 2 kisses in his mouth, below you can see how much he enjoyed them!


Peanut Butter Blossoms:
48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar
Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. 2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. 3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet. 4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Enjoy the weekend! We have a busy one coming up with more CNY get togethers.


21 kind words:

Ashley said...

oh my those cookies look yummy! And your baking helpers are adorable!

Felicia said...

You sure have 2 cute helpers and those cookies look delish!

Kimi said...

Love the photos of your beautiful helpers. Thanks for the recipe my 2 will love those cookies!

Kim

OH MY #6 said...

Looks yummy! I have copied the recipe. Have a great weekend!

lea
xo

Jboo said...

What great little helpers you have there -- so sweet! I'm afraid I have bought Hershey Kisses to make those cookies, but eaten all the kisses first. Your cookies look so yummy!

Have a fun weekend!
Janet

The Morris Family said...

Yummo! What great pictures of your 2 pastry chefs! Have fun celebrating CNY.
Thanks for all of your kind thoughts and prayers Gail.

Margaret M said...

Thanks for the recipe. We may have to try those. The pictures are beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your CNY celebrations.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Can I use your two ADORABLE helpers....Love the photos..
And Grace's little skirt is tooo cute..
Love the recipe.. I will have to try..
Have a great weekend...
Hugs..

Super Mommy said...

Gail those look YUMMY! We will have to try them!

Jade is in her second year of Daisy Scouts (first year was Kindy - the council has decided now K and 1st are Daisy's) . . . we even sold cookies this year. Jade sold 125 boxes . . . not bad for a first timer ;0)

I hope Grace is enjoying scouting as much as Jade is . .. Jasmine will be a Daisy next year!

Alyson and Ford said...

Yummy and fun! I can't wait until AA stays still long enough to learn to bake. That is my favorite cooking to do too!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Steffie B. said...

I just want my boy......seeing William just brings me to tears....so glad Miss Grace is loving Daisy's....but William.....oh Gail.......

Hugs,
Steffie

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Those cookies look so good....that is Nick's favortie recipe...he is a huge PB and Chocolate fan!!

What cute helpers you have......Grace looks sounds like she already knows her way around the kitchen and Will.....well, he is just as cute as can be with those kisses in his mouth!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa

amy said...

Yummy..Love the pics too!

Missy said...

Those cookies look so yummy, but Grace and Will look yummier : ) Oh, how I love looking at pics of those two!!! Have a fun weekend!

Jennifer said...

These look so yummy! Landree would like making them too :)

Paula said...

Those cookies look YUM-O. I could just eat one right now. Congrats on your 3ooth post, darn I missed out on the giveaway. Sure is a cute necklace.

kris said...

they are both so cute- i never baked with my mom, wish i had, but with 2 older sisters, i think she was tired when she got to # 3!!

Chris and Deb said...

Those cookies sure look yummy! You sure do have cute helpers too!

Gail said...

Gail!
Thanks for the recipe. I have always wanted to know how to make these!

Your "Baker" and "Taster" are adorable!!

Michelle said...

I have taken a few days off from blogging, so I'm getting caught up on your recent posts. All of the pictures are great, as usual. Your kitchen helpers look adorable. And Grace and I have a lot in common, except that I'm more of a 3:1 ratio kind of gal. I love baking, too, but I tend to eat way too much, so I have to limit my time in the kitchen. Your cookies look yummy!

Have a great week!

Lori said...

Thanks for the kind words, yes, of course you may link if you still want to, I'd be thrilled, thank you!
Those cookies look SO AWESOME!! What fun in the kitchen you all had! Love your banners too!

 
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