Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I adore baking! It’s therapeutic and it brings me great joy. One of my all-time favorite things to make are these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies. 2014-09-29 11.28.14 They are soft with just the right amount of peanut butter and chocolate. A glass of milk are these cookies’ best friend.

I discovered this recipe in high school, I think, and had it tweaked to perfection by the time my freshman year of college rolled around. These babies secured me with bodyguards all through my IWU days! ;-) They make great gifts and because the recipe turns out four dozen, one batch goes a long way for a carry-in.

Warning: If you make these for a bunch of teens you should probably make a second batch and hide them in your house because the first batch will disappear!

I have been asked over and over for this recipe. So, here you go, friends:

Jessica’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla and mix well. Next, mix in chocolate chips. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. I prefer to spray my pans with Baker’s Joy (the flour and spray in one).
Bake for 10 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for a minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Jess’s notes: I sift the flour, soda and salt together. Also, please notice that I add the chocolate chips in before the flour mixture. Sounds weird, but they mix in better. The batter is lighter and fluffier than the typical cookie dough. Pop it into the fridge in between bake times. Don’t add extra flour or you will not have a soft cookie. Resist the urge. The batter looks different and these cookies TASTE BETTER than your momma’s. You know they do! So, trust me!

**Adapted from this original recipe here.

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap (Product Review)

Strep Throat. It took me down hard!Dial Deep Cleansing Water Blossoms I feel like I’ve been lost all week just trying to recover now that the antibiotic has been in my system for five days. When you’re sick you and your entire household do a lot of extra hand washing. I found it rather fitting that I had just been sent some Deep Cleansing Hand Soap by Dial to review. I enjoy being a Purex Insider where I get to review fun products that the whole family can benefit from. We’ve been using the Coconut Lime Verbena and Water Blossoms scents in our bathrooms. At first, both were in our bathroom but our kids begged to have the Water Blossoms in their bathroom after they had tried out both kinds a few times. The Water Blossoms has a very pleasant scent but I prefer the Coconut Lime Verbena. Dial Deep Cleansing Coconut Lime Verbena It has that citrus-y zing that I associate with being clean. This deep cleansing hand soap has these micro-scrubbing beads in them, yet they are very moisturizing at the same time. My hands haven’t felt overly dried out upon switching my hand soaps. The scents really are wonderful and I’m glad I was sent the Coconut Lime Verbena scent, especially. It comes in one other scent that we haven’t tried, yet–Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar. I’m curious as to what that scent would smell like. The next time that I’m in the hand soap aisle I will have to find out. Dial just put these products on the shelf last month so you should be able to find them in a soap aisle near you! :-)

What is YOUR favorite hand soap? Better yet, what’s the funniest reason you’ve had to wash your hands?? Do share in the comment section below.

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Blessed By My Husband

I am extremely thankful for my husband.
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He is more than I could ask for in a partner in this adventure of life! The kids and I all get excited when he walks in the door after leaving the office. Why? Because he is fun and kind and gentle and HILARIOUS! Our family is complete when he enters a room. He is also intentional. He loves with all that he has even when he is exhausted with his never-ending workload that he puts to the back of his mind while playing with his kids. I truly respect him for this. He also gives me time. I don’t have to beg for it. No, I won’t go all of Song of Songs on you (you can read it here), but I just needed the world to know that I am truly blessed to be loved by Stevan Sheets! :-) I thank my God for him daily. May I not take him for granted.

*By the way, if you ever observe me and think I am taking him for granted–call me on it! I’ll appreciate the accountability.1560406_10151805402476196_1334342636_n

This is the way to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

autumn-free-wallpaper-autumn-path_2560x1600_93197Autumn is here…and so are my allergies! Ugh! But I just stumbled upon a brilliant way to enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home. I’m sure you’re thinking, “There are tons of recipes on pinterest already for these fall beverages.” This is true, but this is the first recipe that I have seen that makes a batch for the week! That’s why I think it’s brilliant! I pinned this, of course, but for those of you who’d like a link, go visit A Farmgirl’s Dabbles and try out her Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. Let me know what you think! I’m going to go make it myself!!!

UPDATE: I just made this and it is marvelous! I added more spices than called for and didn’t have whole milk so I used 1 1/2 cups skim milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream. I also had lowfat condensed milk on hand so I used that. I added a bit more brown sugar after tasting the first time, but not much. I’m sure the exact recipe is great, too! I just really like cinnamon and nutmeg. I didn’t even add the whipped cream and chocolate shavings and it is scrumptious! Enjoy!

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