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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

My mom made these all the time when I was younger, and I still love them!

If you like peanut butter, you will love these. And that is the reason why my best friend Teo would NOT love these…she’s not a peanut butter gal. As for me, I could eat them all!

When I was in high school, I would make 2 batches of them, put them in a big Tupperware, and bring them to school to share with all my friends and teachers. Yep. I was THAT girl. 


Here’s what you need:
 2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter*
3 cups rolled oats

*I prefer to use smooth peanut butter, but I have used crunchy before. Even some of both!

Here’s what you do:
1. Boil sugar, milk, butter, and salt for 1 minute
2. Remove from heat
3. Add vanilla and peanut butter
4. Stir until smooth
5. Add oats
6. Stir
7. Cool until it holds shape
8. Drop onto wax paper
9. Let them cool for about an hour

Makes 35-45 cookies, depending on how big you make them.

Store in an airtight container, with wax paper between each layer of cookies. 

Stirring process…


All out to cool…


The leftovers…I get a little rubber spatula and eat it all with some milk to drink!


And then, enjoy!



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Thick, Soft Sugar Cookies

I have officially found the PERFECT sugar cookie recipe!!!
They seriously melt in your mouth!

And it’s so easy! And it doesn’t need to chill!
If  you like thick, soft sugar cookies, then this is the only recipe you need.
The trick is to roll them out thick and bake them for less time than you think they need.
As far as how many cookies this makes, it really depends on how big your cookie cutters are. Mine were really varied, and each batch made about 40 or 45 cookies.


Even the icing recipe is perfect!

But we’ll start with the cookie recipe…

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar

2 eggs
3 teaspoons extract
*for classic sugar cookies, use 3 tsp vanilla extract 

*for vanilla-almond cookies, use 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp almond extract
*for peppermint cookies, use 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
5 1/2 cups flour

Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In mixer, cream butter and sugar
3. Add eggs
4. Add vanilla
5. Beat well
6. Mix in the sour cream
7. In a different bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
8. Mix flour mixture into butter mixture (if it is too sticky to roll out, add more flour…1/4 cup at a time, until it’s good enough to roll out)
It was at this point that I really wanted a Kitchen Aid, because my wooden spoon broke! I couldn’t believe it! I mean, it was getting old, but seriously?! Luckily I have other wooden spoons…but I still want a Kitchen Aid really badly…
DSC080939. Roll out on floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Really.
DSC0809110. Place on cookie sheet. You can put them pretty close…mine were probably between an inch and 1/4 inch apart…
11. Bake for 7-8 minutes.THEY WILL NOT LOOK DONE! But don’t give in to your temptation to cook “just a little bit longer” or you will get crunchy cookies instead of soft, pillow-like cookies.
This is what mine looked like when I took them out of the oven:

They are still very pale and have no browning anywhere. If you have a golden brown color along the edges then you have baked them too long.

12. Wait about 5 minutes and then transfer carefully to a cooling rack. If you wait longer they will get soggy on the bottom.
13. Frost with icing (see recipe below) and decorate with sprinkles!

Now it’s time to make the icing!
I used a handheld electric mixer, because that’s what I have. My cooking buddy and best friend Michelle made this recipe, and said she used her Kitchen Aid and whipped the icing for 5 minutes and it turned out delicious. So it just depends on if you want whipped icing or regular! I prefer regular, but if you want whipped, then whip away!

Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons extract
*for classic sugar cookies, use 2 tsp vanilla extract.
*for vanilla-almond cookies, use 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp almond extract
*for peppermint cookies, use 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp peppermint extract

1/4 to 1/3 cup milk

Here’s what you do:
1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter.
2. Mix in the vanilla
3. Mix in the sugar until crumbly.
It will look something like this…
4. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency
5. Add food coloring of your choice, if you so desire.
6. Frost your cookies!

I collect sprinkles…I seriously LOVE them. If you are feeling generous, but you can’t afford to buy me a Kitchen Aid, then sprinkles will always make me happy! (Update: I have a Kitchen Aid now! Read about it here!)
Its really that simple! And they turn out perfect every time. TRUST ME…I MADE THREE BATCHES IN FOUR DAYS.

I know, that’s a lot! But I made them last Sunday just to try out the recipe. My friend Jacey and I baked them, and then my friend Cara and I decorated them. And then I made them on Tuesday so I could bring them to my ASL class on Wednesday…and I made them again on Wednesday so I could bring them to my CPSE 463 (Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities) class on Thursday….so there you have it…3 times in 4 days! They’re just so good, I want everyone to have some!!!

If you bake as much as I do, then you will definitely want tons of flour from Costco…I also get my powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and butter from Costco…things I always use when cooking!
DSC08092Here’s some personal favorites….Cara and I had so much fun decorating!


If you make some, please let me know how yours turned out!


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If I ever mention “Luke-friendly” this is what it means…anything that is soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, fish-free, and dust-free.

Lucas is allergic to all that…..so, obviously, he can only have “Luke-friendly” things.

HE LOVES TO BAKE! Today we made Luke-friendly sugar cookies. They were so delicious! It was so funny when we were cutting them out because i had him bang on the cookie cutter, then he’d stick his fingers right into the cookie….so we had a lot of holes to patch up before they could go in the oven.

AND when I’d turn around to put the cookies on the cookie sheet, he stuffed dough into his mouth….good for him! lol

When it came time to make the icing, he quite enjoyed getting THAT all over his face also.

I need to make him a little apron!

But I really do love baking with him. An 18-month old boy that loves to bake…and is a clean freak…and loves grooming himself…*sigh*


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Church was great today. My brother Ethan spoke in Sacrament meeting. The topic for the speakers was “the Love of God”. Here’s some highlights…

The best way to express love is service

Satan is constantly trying to take away happiness

Be a tool that God can use

God does not need us to love Him; but oh, how we need to love God

God loves every one of us

Some of our blessings will not be noticed or understood until we leave our earthly lives


Since it’s the second sunday of the month…which means it was my turn to teach Relief Society! I’d say it went quite well. And I made my delicious lemon cookies to share with everyone there…they were a hit.


Once again I had a great time with the Nicholi


Samantha picked out my colors for tomorrow…pink and green…I’ll take a pic.


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So it turns out my printer doesn’t come with a USB cable. LAME! So needless to say I couldn’t set it up today. =(

BUT I did make my delicious lemon cookies today!

And tomorrow I teach the lesson in Relief Society.

And right now I’m really tired.



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