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!!

IMG_2480

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!!

IMG_2460

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.

IMG_2484

 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

IMG_2456 IMG_2463 IMG_2468

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!!

IMG_2481

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!!

Advertisements

Strawberrytastic Cornmeal Cookies

Annually the LTSL family goes strawberry picking, we’ve been doing it forever and will probably continue doing it until I’m old, grey, and speeding around in a motor scooter ( Mr. LTSL and I promise to buy each other matching ones … *sigh* I love that man and how “mature” we are 😉 )

This year was no different; we woke up each to a bright sunny day – loaded into the car – drove about 25 minutes to our local farm and arrived to what can only be described as

a sea of ruby-red deliciousness.

Of course, we left with more than we actually needed – – and our lips were glowing with the amount of fresh strawberries we gobbled down. But summer traditions like this have a special place in my heart.

Our annual trip also means 3 things:

1)      Tonight’s desert will be ice cream sundaes with fresh strawberries

2)      Tomorrow morning we will be having crepes with honey, lemon and strawberries

3)      There’s lots of jam in the near future

Home-made jam =   pies, crumbles, cakes and cookies = one goooood time.

We made jam.

And I made cookies. With cornmeal.

And they had a perfect dense outer edge created by the crunch of the corn meal, with a fantastically cake-like centre.

These cookies scream summer and I have a little inkling that you’d love them (plus they’re pretty 😀 )

Strawberrytastic Cornmeal Cookies

¾ Cup Brown Sugar

½ Cup Butter ~ at room temperature

½ Cup Strawberry Greek Yogurt

1 Tsp. Almond Extract

1 Tbsp. Strawberry Jam

1 Cup Flour

¾ Cup Cornmeal

½ tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a cookie sheet ( I used a muffin top pan 😀 )

In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter. To this add, your Greek yogurt, almond extract, and strawberry jam.

Next, in a separate bowl mix all of your dry ingredients.

Mix together your wet and dry and let the summer lovin’ begin

Form your cookies, bake for 20 minutes and then

… Well, you know the drill.

Happy Cookie Munching Honey-pies

Xoxox

You Got Me Seein’ Stars Linzer Cookies

Its that can’t eat cant sleep reach for the stars over the moon world series kind of thing – love.

It’s that feeling that has you smiling for no particular reason, but you know – you still want to be doing it no matter how silly you may look.

It’s pretty major stuff – – I kind of like it.

While we have this whole love thing on the table – shall we discuss valentines day?

I think it’s pretty cool to celebrate love.

Love your friends

Love your family

Love your pets

Love, the love of your life

&

Love your life.

See … it’s a good thing.

But this whole valentines day thing? …. mmmm I’m not really buying it 😦

I’m not buying the celebrate love for one day shin-dig… what’s wrong with today?

As soon as you finish reading this, tell the first person you see – you love them.

Celebrate love everyday 🙂

Plus, valentines day has gotten SO SUPER expensive.

Flowers – chocolate – sparkly things – dinner

Gentlemen – – let me let you in on a little secret to score some major points with the ladies.

Buy her flowers and chocolate any day but valentines day.

Don’t be shocked – – in fact, go out and buy that special someone flowers today (yes, before valentines day)

I’m saving you some moo-lah and you could always say it’s a pre-valentines day gift 😉

She’ll say it’s cute and you’ll get some…

MAJOR COOL POINTS!!

Then, on the actual day …

make that lucky lady cookies, write her a cute note, pack her a PBJ sammie for lunch.

Simple is often better.

Home made is the best.

Try it and I know you’ll be thankful, but no need to say thank you.

I got your back boys, I got’chor back!! (that may have been my attempt to act cool… fail 😦)

Let me just get back to what I know …

COOKIES 😀

You Got Me Seein’ Stars Linzer Cookies

2 Cups Butter

1 Cup Sugar

1/2 Tbsp Almond Extract

2 Cups Ground Almonds

4 1/2 Cups Flour

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Salt

2 Eggs

1 Cup Strawberry Jam ( feel free to use any flavour, your heart desires ;))

2 Cups icing sugar + 1 cup to dust on your cookies

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

In a standing mixer, or using a hand mixer – cream together butter, sugar , 2 cups icing sugar.

Add baking powder, salt, almond extract and cinnamon.

Mix that happiness and then, add your eggs.

Next, add your flour, in 3 parts – mixing well after each addition.

Last – add the ground almonds.

Mix Mix Mix.

Now, cover with parchment paper and allow to chill at least 45 minutes (over night works well too :)).

Preheat oven to 350 oc, and lightly spray two sets of cookie sheets.

Once your dough is chilled, remove dough from the refrigerator and divide into 2 parts.

Take 1 half and roll into a 1 inch thick sheet. Using a circular cookie cutter – – cut into circles. Be sure to keep track of exactly how many circles you have. These will act as the bottom layer of your cookie sammie.

Using the other half of the dough, cut the exact same amount of circles – – except this time, using a smaller cookie cutter (in this case – a star) cut out your shape in the middle of the circle. These will then be used as the top of your cookie sandwich.

Bake both sets of cookies for 10 minuets.

Allow to cool.

Taking your cookie hats  – – the cookies with the stars, lay in a single layer on a long sheet of parchment paper. Carefully, dust with icing sugar.

Now for the bottoms. Taking your cookie bottoms, slater a generous portion of strawberry jam on each cookie.

Last, cover each bottom with a hat.

🙂

Doonnnnneeee….

Be sweet kiddies

xoxox