Peanut Butter Cookies and the marathon I’m not running

I posted the recipe for these cookies a long time ago, but I think I have acquired a few new readers since then, so I wanted to re-post this.  In other words, A.Jay came over for dinner tonight and asked for the recipe for my cookies (even though she is a subscriber to my blog!).  How dare she not go back and read every one of my fabulous posts!? 

So these cookies are awesome!  Super simple, super quick, easy, affordable, delicious, gooey!  A.Jay asked me after I made them if I had already prepped the dough before they came because it was so quick.  I only missed one round of bananagrams.

So here it is…

Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (Adapted from CarrotsNCake)

Makes 6 cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

2 Tbs. Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)

1/4 cup Egg Whites

1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Mix together first three ingredients.  Add remaining ingredients and combine.  Have a taste!! yum.  Spoon 6 heaping tablespoons onto a cookie sheet.  No need to grease.  Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven. 

Best enjoyed with a friend, or a movie, or ice cream, or straight off the sheet! 

I’m sad to report that I am not running the Seattle Marathon tomorrow morning (I was never planning on it, either) but my (un)faithful running partners, my mom and Maryanne, are planning to brave the rain for 26.2!  Good luck to the best long-distance running partners a girl could ever have!  I’m so jealous my mom is running her third full tomorrow!  I’m sure I’ll have time to catch up someday!  Good luck!!! 

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Food Blogger?

There is no way I could be a food blogger.  It isn’t that I can’t cook.  I can.  It isn’t that I don’t love food blogs.  I HEART them.  The big problem is really that good food bloggers are always AMAZING photographers.  Let’s face it.  Point n’ shoot cameras kinda suck at capturing the deliciousness of food. 

My favorite food blog is Smitten Kitchen.  I went through a phase where I cooked one of her recipes pretty much every other night for a few weeks.  Delish, but it is hard for me to find recipes on fancy food blogs that aren’t completely intimidating.

When I have a specific ingredient that I want to use or a certain kind of recipe I am looking for, I always go to Foodgawker.  I really love just clicking through page after page on FG even when I’m not looking for something.  It is really inspiring.  It has also made me super aware of food trends.  You know something’s up when there are 3 “cake in a jar” recipes each day for a month.

I can sometimes just spend hours clicking from one food blog to the next, but the blog recipes that get put to use the most in my kitchen are from healthy living blogs.  I have tried a few Crockpot recipes from PBfingers and I often try salad ideas from CarrotsNCake and HealthyTippingPoint.  However, my FAVORITE blog recipe is definitely the flourless cookie recipe I found on CarrotsNCake

Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (Adapted from CarrotsNCake)DSCN0053

Makes 6 cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

2 Tbs. Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)

1/4 cup Egg Whites

1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Mix together first three ingredients.  Add remaining ingredients and combine.  Have a taste!! yum.  Spoon 6 heaping tablespoons onto a cookie sheet.  No need to grease.  Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven. 

Best enjoyed with a friend, or a movie, or ice cream, or straight off the sheet! 

I topped mine with 3 marshmallows each just for fun one night, but they are perfect without them. 

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Brendan and I have these about three times a week, or whenever we don’t go out for ice cream.  I love that the recipe only requires a bowl, measuring spoons, and the 1/4 cup measuring cup.  It makes clean-up way better, but it also makes it really easy to memorize the recipe.  I forced Brendan to memorize it early in my obsession with the recipe in hopes that he would want to make them for me.  Too bad I always start making them before he even feels like dessert! 

Try them!