If I start off every Foodie Pen Pals post with “the end of the month sure sneaks up on a challenger” would any of you notice?
Well it does, it sneaks up. It sneaks up like The Snoops sneaks up on an opened peanut butter jar and pounces. But we’ll get to peanut butter later.
First, let me remind you all what it is I do here. Foodie Pen Pals is my thing, my schtick, my bag baby. I take the box, the whole box, and amaze you all with my culinary creation. I do this by ripping off the Food Network show Chopped.
Except there are no other challengers to battle, it’s just me fighting against myself. I can be very competitive so it’s not as easy a win as you might think. Don’t get me wrong, I win. Every time.
Round 1: The Chopped Challenge
Round 2: Mini Meals
Round 3: The Copy Cat Challenge
Round 4: Big Balls
That brings us to Round 5 and Carma. Yes, Carma not Karma. Carma is a lovely reader from Ashland, Ohio – Midwest in the house – and she sent me my Foodie Pen Pals Box, my mystery ingredients, my inspiration.
Based on the post card she included I had kinda hoped for cheese, but cheese probably doesn’t travel well in a Midwestern summer. I don’t know where you all hail from but it gets flippin’ hot here.
Instead I received a bag of sweet potato chips.
Gluten Free Lucy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Seed and Fruit Mix.
Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats and Mango Pineapple Iced Green Tea Mix.
All gluten free. All delicious. All opened up and enjoyed well before the competition ever started. I like to know my ingredients, really know them. By the time the end of the month snuck up on me I had about a half cup of each left over. No problem. I can work with that.
I put The Pete to bed for the night. Rolled up my sleeveless tank top. Waited for the signal to begin. I was off!
Chicken. I’m gonna make chicken! Except it’s frozen. And I had a plan for everything but the Marshmallow treat. I sat back, rubbed my chin, watched a little Big Brother 14 and got to thinking. What goes with all these ingredients?
The Snoops scratched at my leg. I shooed her away.
The Snoops barked. I shushed her.
The Snoops whined, twirled in a circle, and stood on her back paws dancing like she was in a Peanuts comic.
Peanuts. Peanuts. Peanut butter. That’s it! Peanut butter! I was baking cookies! Gluten free peanut butter cookies.
Peanut Butter Foodie Pen Pals Cookies
1 cup peanut butter, The Snoops approved variety aka any kind
1 large egg
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped Lucy’s cookies
1/2 cup Seed and Fruit Mix
1/2 cup or 1 bar chopped Marshmallow treat,
1/2 cup sweet potato chips, loosely crushed
1 packet Lipton Mango Pineapple Iced Green Tea Mix
Sugar for rolling
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.
In a large bowl beat the peanut butter, egg, sugar, vanilla, baking soda and tea.
In a smaller bowl stir the cookies, seed and fruit mix, marshmallow treat and chips.
Stir the mixins into the peanut butter mixture.
Roll into one inch balls, dip in sugar and place on baking sheet, flattening slightly.
Bake for 12 minutes, remove to cooling rack, try to stop your husband from eating them all before you can photograph them.
Photograph the heck out of them.
In various plant life.
On a fence.
In a tree.
Behind a tree.
In front of a tree.
Go ahead, take a nibble.
You’ll thank me. What. You don’t believe me? How do you know you’ll thank me? Fine, don’t take my word for it, take Supermom’s! You all remember Heather over at What Does She Do All Day right? Her and her Superfamily taste tested these little beauties and had this to say:
Supermom: “I’ve met my share of fruits and nuts and these ones aren’t so bad. I told you I’m not witty.”
Superdad: “A wonderful melding of complexity in cookie form.”
Superchild aka Cupcake: “Mmmm…..cookie. That’s a cookie.”
It’s a concensus . . . I did indeed make cookies!! Want more proof still? Here’s Cupcake enjoying said cookie.
No really though, they were delish. Crunchy and chewy at the same time, peanut buttery and sweet but not too sweet. Gluten free. This batch, which made just over two dozen, was gone in less than 24 hours.
Am I suggesting you go out and buy these exact ingredients and make these exact cookies? Absolutely! Am I suggesting you join Foodie Pen Pals and bribe Lindsey over at The Lean Green Bean to pair you up with Carma so you can receive this same Foodie Pen Pals box? Absolutely! Am I suggesting you take the base recipe and dump in whatever mixins you find in your pantry? I’m not, but I wouldn’t hold it against you if you do.
Insert winking face here.
Now that we’re done with the fun and the flirting, how ’bout some business. Click here to check out the lovely oh so pregnant Texan I sent my box to this month. Read below if you want to join Foodie Pen Pals yourself.
I lied earlier . . . there is actually one cookie left and I’m off to eat it.
P.S. I don’t think I really need to say this but, just for the record, I WIN AGAIN!
Question of the Day: What would you mix into your peanut butter cookie?