One Down…One to Go

The turkey has been carved, the stuffing stuffed and the leftovers have been stuffed into Tupperware and sealed. The dishes have been cleaned, the pots scrubbed and everything put in its proper place. The family is smiling and groaning in over-stuffed contentedness on the couch and armchairs. Thanksgiving is over and done for another year.

One down…one to go…

Maybe your family is one of those that yanks out the Christmas décor immediately after thanksgiving dinner, or maybe, like me, you wait until the 1st of December. Either way, there’s no denying that “the Big One” is coming up. Everyone has their lists of things they want the Jolly Fat man to bring them and leave under the tree, from the newest console gaming system to (my favorite) boxes of socks. 39867-Bringing-Home-The-Tree

The stores are stocked up with everything, the online stores are also geared up. (personally I prefer online shopping) Rolls of festively festooned wrapping papers can be found everywhere, and even gas station have the “Last minute gift” selection for those who have NO idea what to get someone.  It’s that time of year again…

Years ago I recall this time of year being fun. Now, as an adult I find it stressful and hectic. Driving around from house to house, family to family, stretching myself thin and finding myself more tired than festive. “It’s only once a year.” I keep telling myself, and somehow get through it.

I have found one thing that makes the season so much easier to bear…its one of my favorite things EVER.

COOKIES.

I find something fundamentally wrong with people who say “oh I don’t like cookies.”

GET THEE BEHIND ME DEMON!!!!

the December holidays are the mother lode for cookies…sugar cookies, peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, gingerbread, butter cookies, oh the list could go on and on and on. I love cookies. LOVE THEM. Give me a handful of cookies ( I have big hands so it works to my benefit) and a huge glass of milk, and I will sit on the couch with a huge grin watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” swinging my feet like a toddler. And VERY recently I have found, much to my joy, my favorite cookie…

Peanut butter and Bacon.

WHAT? you say….peanut butter and bacon?

Yes, my friends…peanut butter and bacon. I type this with a hesitant hand for letting this information out into the general public is tantamount to opening Pandora’ s box. Presented here for the first time, is Chef Deb Hummer’s recipe for Peanut butter and bacon cookies.

  • 3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extractIMG_1017
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
  1. Cream together the peanut butter, shortening, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
  2. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture
  3. Add bacon pieces.
  4. Cover and chill dough
  5. Drop by spoonfulls onto baking sheet. Flatten tops slightly with a fork in a criss- cross pattern. Dip fork in white granulated sugar between uses to keep from sticking.
  6. Bake at 375 F. for about 7 to 8 minutes, until cookies are done. They should be soft, very lightly browned and no longer shiny.

 

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