Peanut Butter Apology Cookies

I need to share something – I can be a real brat sometimes.  Today was one of those days. 

I got all mad at The Dude for things that completely weren’t his fault, called and woke him up after a late night at his high-pressure job, and was super-bratty while he tried to be sweet to me.  BRAT.

I felt bad pretty much as soon as we hung up.  An apology text was sent and all was well, but I still felt like a jerk.  For good reason.  I wanted to do something nice for The Dude, which can be difficult since we live in different states.  Enter the apology cookies.  The Dude loves peanut butter more than just about anything, so these cookies from Jessica at How Sweet It Is fit the bill perfectly.

I…may or may not have dipped a spoon into the buttery peanut butter mixture once or twice.  I’m bad like that.





I only had dark brown sugar on hand…I don’t think it’s an issue. 

I don’t know about anyone else but I love my Kitchen Aid mixer so much I could make out with it.  Is that weird?

Hello, mix-y goodness. 

Chocolate chips make pretty much everything better.  I know this.  A spoonful of peanut butter dipped in chocolate chips is a snack some people enjoy.  So I’ve heard…it’s certainly something I’d never do.  Please ignore the peanut butter smeared spoons in my sink.

Are these golf ball sized?  I don’t think I’ve seen a golf ball in years.  I’m sheltered like that.  Close enough, I guess…


Brody loves peanut butter.  He’s trying REALLY hard to be good and wait for a bite.

Um…Brody?  Since when is this allowed?  Brody…???

These would definitely make me forget about someone’s bratty behavior.  I promise Brody didn’t lick them!

How beautiful is this cookie?  It’s seriously taking every meager ounce of willpower I have to put these in a bag and ship them off to The Dude.  I’d kind of like to shovel them all into my face while watching DVR’d episodes of Pan Am and The Playboy Club, hoping in vain that one of them will fill the void left by Mad Men. 

There are 24 cookies as of right now.  Bets on how many actually make it to The Dude?




Weekend Baking and an Introduction

Hi there.  I’m Riann.  I like being in the kitchen and I’m learning what I’m doing bit by bit.  

My dog Brody is the best dog in the world.  He’s my sous chef.  Don’t worry – I don’t let him touch the food.

This is Brody today, after my bread came out of the oven.  Earlier, he stood between my legs and the cabinets while I punched the dough down, occasionally whimpering for a bite.  I tried explaining how bad yeast dough is for dogs, but he wasn’t interested.  The kitchen was full of the smell of rising bread dough and he was intoxicated!

I used this recipe and it was absolute perfection!  I only had 8×4 pans, so I ended up with two regular loaves and a smaller, free-form loaf.  As a first-time bread baker, I found the recipe really easy to follow and the bread was amazing – soft, slightly sweet and basically everything you want in a loaf of fresh-baked bread.  Beautiful.

Just look at that golden, buttery top!

Warm bread fresh from the oven with a liberal smear of real butter – heaven!

While I was waiting for my bread to rise, I did a little more futzing around in the kitchen.  When doubt, cookies are always a good bet, so I got started on a batch of nice, reliable chocolate chips.  While scraping down the bowl and helping myself to liberal “tastes” of the dough, I came to the conclusion that the last thing I needed was an entire batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, begging me to eat them.

I decided to follow the advice of the amazing Joy the Baker.  I mixed up the dough, scooped it into cute little balls and plopped it on a baking tray.  Then I put the whole tray in the freezer.  After about half an hour, I took the tray out of the freezer and threw all the dough balls into a freezer bag.  Now, I have a little stash in case of a cookie emergency!  Check it out – I even managed to do a little thinking ahead and labeled the bag with the contents AND baking directions!  I’m set!

Aren’t they cute?  Hopefully, these will actually be baked instead of just being pulled out of the freezer for snacking purposes.  We’ll see how that goes.  I’ll be sure to post updates on that.