Toasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint cookies

Last weekend, we had the Santa clause parade in Toronto!!

While it seems so early – I suppose it’s not, and as cliché as it sounds I feel like the year just flew by!!

I still remember trying to get ready for last Christmas, here I am now … beginning to think about this one – it’s tres tres cray-cray!!

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Even with the stores flooded with Christmas decorations, Christmas music playing, and cookies in every crevice of Pinterest – I just wasn’t in the holiday mood … yet. Don’t get me wrong Christmas is my FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR … I get excited and giddy – buddy the elf style!! But it all just seemed soo early.

And then last Sunday. My family and I went to the parade – it was cold – the snow fell – live bands played carols …. It was Christmas time in the city. It was all I needed to get me in the mood. And now, the countdown is on!!

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34 more days and we’ll all be ho-ho-hoing around town ( … I read that, and re-ready it … I mean that statement in the most innocent way possible).

And just because Christmas means nothing in the LTSL household without cookies – I have something extra special for you!!

Toasted PBJ Thumbprint Cookies.

Have we ever discussed my obsession with peanut butter ?!?! Mmmm … remember when I celebrated National Peanut Butter Month?!?

I LOVE THE STUFF.

Also, toasted taste better.

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 Toasted PBJ Thumbprint cookies 

Ingredients

1/2 cup margarine, Softened

1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

1/3 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1 whole Egg

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Strawberry jam

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Directions: 

1.       In large cast iron pot, add flour to low heat. Toast until lightly brown – stir often to not burn flour. Approx 7 mins.

2.       Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

3.       Combine egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamed, Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.

4.       Roll into balls and  make an indent, using the back of a 1 Tsp measuring spoon.

6.       Bake 10 minutes.

7.       Remove from the oven and redefine the indent, again using the back of a 1 TSP spoon. While still warm, fill each cookie intent with jam

8.        Allow to cool completely and enjoy!!

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Happy Cookie-ing darlings … and for those who are having heart palpitations over the holiday season, not to worry – I still have one more fall recipe up my sleeve!!

Sunday’s With Joy : Extra Peanut Buttery Chocolate Brown Butter Cereal Squares

That title, it’s long. I know. What I really want to call these babies are OMG-SO-STINKIN-YUMMY peanut butter bars.

Peanut butter and chocolate addicts – unite! Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Brown butter all in one punch of yuuummm! Come my children .. welcome to the dark and delicious side.

As soon as I read Joy’s recipe for her Brown Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice treats, I knew I was in trouble. I knew instantly she was talking my language, I was about to put down my pb spoon and create something kind of wonderful.

And so, I did. And ate every single morsel of it. Addictive – yes, but in the BEST.WAY.POSSIBLE.

Before I show you what I did, can we have a little heart to heart.

Have you kids seen this little sucker :

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HOLYCRAPOMGGETINMABELLY …

Yep. That was my expression exactly. General Mills / Cheerios people – I love you.

Marry me.

… And then I added chocolate.

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You’re welcome …. and sorry; all at the same time. After munching, you’ll get it. You’ll both hate and love me.

I get it – I really do.

Extra Peanut Buttery Chocolate Brown Butter Cereal Squares

Alterations:

  • Peanut Butter Cheerios used instead of rice cereal 
  • 2 Cups Mini Reese Pieces added to the top
  • 1 cup melted chocolate chips to drizzle.

Ready, to get your peanut butter pants rocked?

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Add your cups

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Drizzle

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Yum.

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Go ahead, no one is looking … it’s okay if you don’t share. I didn’t – there wasn’t enough time ;)

Also, if you thought today’s remix of joy’s recipe was nuts. Wait til you see what I have for your tomorrow. One word: Bourbon.

Stay Sweet!!

xox