"I'm not a glutton - I'm an explorer of food."
- Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

1 C. white sugar
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. Jif creamy peanut butter
1 C. butter
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 C. flour

Mix sugars, butter and peanut butter. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add dry ingredients, then roll into balls. (Add enough flour so the dough doesn't stick to your hands when you roll them.) Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes or until they start to crack on top. Push an unwrapped Hershey's chocolate kiss (or star) firmly in the middle and bake one minute more. Makes 6 dozen.

NOTE: Sometimes I use a mixture of half butter/half Crisco instead of using all butter. Push the chocolate firmly into the baked cooked - not all the way through, but not just resting on top either. If it's not in far enough, they fall out easily when cooled. And I suppose if they're pushed in too far, the chocolate will come out the bottom.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Single Serving Hot Cider

Don't be thinking I'm going to take you step-by-step through the whole laborious process of making apple cider, because I'm not. I would never dream of doing that myself, although it would be fascinating to watch. LOL This is my version of a quick and easy recipe for just one mug of steaming appley/orangey/spicey goodness.

Start with your favorite mug and fill it 2/3 full of apple cider. Fill it the rest of the way with orange juice. Add one cinnamon stick, 3 whole cloves, and a few teaspoons of brown sugar. Heat in the microwave, then stir to combine everything good. Discard the cloves, but leave the cinnamon stick in - the flavor comes out more and more the longer it steeps. You can actually rinse it off and keep it for your next cup or two, or five. =)