Friday, April 22, 2011

Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Good morning! It's a 4-day weekend! I decided to sneak out of bed, brew a little fresh-ground coffee, and play some Sleepless in Seattle via Netflix while my soldier catches up on his beauty sleep. What is it with this movie, that always makes me cry? Then again, so do some dog food commercials.

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Yesterday's Workout: 5 miles treadmill

So, I have a lot to study. So much so, that the treadmill has become an extension of my desk. Yet running while trying to read all of that fine-print? Yeah, right! To avoid a fatality, I instead stomped along at 3.7 MPH at an incline of 10. It wasn't hard, but I did feel my cheeks start to burn by mile 3. Mile 4 and 5 I finished up, finally running, at 6.0 and 2 incline.

 

After slogging through hours of homework hell, I took a break for a little fun in the kitchen. :)

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I found this recipe for Sun Butter Thumbprint cookies here, and couldn't resist! I didn't have the same lovely assistant she did, but somehow, I managed. ;) These aren't quite the same, as I let my SunButter supply run out yesterday. (The only place I've been able to find it is Walmart, and I try to avoid that place like the plague.) Instead, a little sadly, I substituted Almond Butter and regular crunchy Peanut Butter.

The crunchy peanuts were awesome in the cookies!

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Nut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints

Makes about a dozen

  • 1 cup nut butter 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (I used 5 packets of Stevia) 
  • 1/3 cup or so of Jelly or Preserves
  • a few chocolate chips, chunks or shavings (optional)

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I used egg whites, as I was out of whole eggs. But, I don't recommend it, or your cookies will come out a little more crumbly.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Using just a wooden spoon, mix your sugar in with your nut butter, whip your egg and mix in. Scoop into balls on cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Go ahead, stick your finger in there to make an indention, and drop some chocolate in (if you're a chocolate monger like me) or just spoon jelly over if you have any sense of self-control.

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Bake for about 10 minutes. Let cool. If you can resist and save a few, they taste even better the next day.

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I just snuck into the kitchen to munch on another while I type this ...



We saw Hanna last night, too, and it was nothing short of amazing. There is so much more to it than its advertised teenage assassin plot, the movie is a grim fairy tale about a girl's coming-of-age that's also terribly entertaining. Cinematography was crisp and thrilling and the music by the Chemical Brothers will soon be all over my iPod. If you're into action and enjoy a nicely filmed ass-whooping, go see it.

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The soldier is up. And guess what he just offered to do? Make breakfast! :) I'm off to enjoy more Sleepless in Seattle and make sure the kitchen doesn't burn down ...

3 comments:

  1. Awwww you are the sweetest!!! Happy Easter love!

    I have to say these look amazing! I hope your man didn't see the yummyness on my blog! But he has these cookies you made on here to eat anyways!!!

    xoxo <3

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  2. Glad you liked our recipe - I love the idea of adding chocolate!
    The Kid Can Cook (http://thekidcancook.blogspot.com)

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  3. Made these yesterday, dark chocolate plus strawberry in the middle. Sooo delicious!

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