Welcome to my virtual kitchen!

I hope you enjoy your visit here, whether it’s your first time or your 30th. I first started sharing my recipes as Facebook Notes, until my friends began asking how they could share them with their friends; so I gathered my courage and tiptoed into the world of blogging via Tumblr. As interest in my blog started “cooking,” my wonderful hubby set me up at WordPress with my own domain. (All the content from my previous blog moved here as well.) Let me know what you think, and be sure to bookmark it for future reference!

My other hobby, scrapbooking, is also documented at WordPress here.

Monster Cookies

This is always our first choice to order if a kid we know is selling cookie dough; I realized this week that we had all the necessary ingredients in-house (including homemade peanut butter) and that I should probably try baking some from scratch! They were surprisingly easy and quite delicious.

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, warmed
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms

Stir together first 5 ingredients until well blended. Stir in oats, flour, and baking soda until moistened; then gently fold in chips and M&Ms. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire rack and store in airtight container. (Can top with sea salt if desired.)

(Obviously, these are Christmas Monster Cookies) 🎄