Monday, June 20, 2011

New Cookbook, New Lease

I won a cookbook in a blog giveaway and today was the first day to try a new recipe. The book is called, "Our Best Bites" and so far I love it. I love a cookbook with lots of pictures because they entice me to make the food. I've already got Beef Dip and Baby Back Ribs on the menu for this week.

For today, I was smart and went straight for the cookies! We're moving in a few weeks and we're having our home teachers and missionaries come over tomorrow evening to help us load our piano into the truck. So cookies seemed like good payment.

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies! (I know, quite the handle, but they taste as good as they sound)

1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup white chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time.
3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture to combine and then mix in the chips.
4. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop onto an ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Seriously yummy! Will they all last until the missionaries come for dinner tomorrow? I also set half a dozen aside for each of the ladies I visit teach, since this will probably be the last time I visit them before I move! Wow, these cookies are downers!

A new cookbook always gives me a new lease on cooking. I can't wait to try new things. My family are die-hard RIBS fans, so I found a recipe in the book that promises to be the best you've ever tasted. We'll see, come Wednesday night!