Earlier this week, my husband, Alex, had to whip up a batch of cookies for the cookie exchange at the middle school where he teaches.
Naturally, he made his famous three-ingredient peanut butter cookies. They’re more peanut-buttery than any other peanut butter cookie you’ve ever had. They’re not Lenten, but they’re gluten-free and dairy-free. And they’re absolutely delicious.
The recipe makes about 30 cookies.
There are really, truly only three ingredients:
1 cup all-natural crunchy peanut butter (we use Adam’s Old-Fashioned Crunchy, with salt)
1 cup sugar
Cream the peanut butter and the sugar. Beat in the egg.
Using a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop or your hands, shape the dough into 1 tablespoon balls. Arrange the cookies on a cookie sheet covered with a sheet of parchment paper. They don’t spread much, but keep them about an inch a part for more even baking.
Press each cookie with a fork, first one direction, then at a 90 degree angle, to give flatten it and give it the classic peanut-butter-cookie look.
Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes, until most of the shiny goes away.
It really is that easy: Cream a cup of peanut butter, a cup of sugar, and an egg. Shape, smoosh, bake. Yum.
Recipes for Pascha and St. Nicholas Day: Pascha and St. Nicholas Day both call for loads of yummy home-made treats.
Coconut Cherry Cookies: These chewy little wonders are not only free of gluten and dairy, they also have no refined sugars and no artificial sweeteners. Not even honey or maple syrup!
Chocolate chip cookies: There was a time when I made these cookies often enough that I had the recipe memorized. The secret ingredient is oat bran.
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Catherine doesn’t like vegetables. She doesn’t like naps. She doesn’t like it when her mom combs her hair. She loves hot dogs, chocolate cake, and her best friend, Elizabeth. Most of all, she loves Pascha! Pascha, the Orthodox Christian Easter, is celebrated in the middle of the night, with processions and candles and bells and singing. And Catherine insists that she’s not a bit sleepy.
The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
Shoes or stockings? Horse or sleigh? Does St. Nicholas visit on December 6 or on Christmas Eve? Will a little girl’s prayer be answered? When Elizabeth has to stay at Catherine’s house, she’s worried about her grandmother, and worried that St. Nicholas won’t find her. The grownups, though, are worried about snow.