It’s finally feeling like christmas. My tree is bursting with presents, my sister comes next week, we had our Christmas cantata, and I’m making cookies. We work in a nursing home and discovered that on Christmas day, some residents have no where else to be. Some it’s because they celebrated early, some because their kids have no way to accommodate their wheelchairs, the reasons go on and on. While some families bring christmas to them….it’s just not the same. On a whim last year, Scott and I took hot cocoa mix to them on Christmas day. They loved it! It even made a lady get all tearful we thought of her on Christmas.
So this year: cookies! I have to make enough cookies for 50 people. I got started last night with my first batch. I made 4 dozen for the nursing home, and 2 dozen for my husband. Can’t make his favorite cookies and not give him any! I modified a bhg recipe to tweak it to my personal taste. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are now in my freezer, ready to go.
Tonight I’ll make checker board cookies. They look fairly simple, but oh so cute!
Before I share my recipe for the cookies, I wanted to share my 21dayfix results. In 21 days, I lost 5.6 pounds and 7.5 inches! It’s so crazy!
I didn’t stick to the plan as diligently as I should have, and I still lost weight and inches. It was easy! Dump tje.food in the containers, eat it, do the workout, drink the water, and just keep going! Take each day as it comes, and do your best. The best part was when my husband said you look even more fit than the day I married you. :) he’s right! I weigh less and have slimmed down.
While that is a horrible selfie, you can tell my face is slimmer and believe it or not, my waist is. That particular shirt didn’t fit the week of the wedding. :)
Enough about weightloss! Onto the cookies!
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips.
With a mixer, cream the pb and the butter until incorporated. Add the sugars, baking soda and baking powder. Mix until it is combined. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Use your machine as much as possible. Mix the rest in by hand. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Chill the dough for 20 minutes, or until you can roll it. Roll each cookie into a 1 inch ball, set 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a fork dipped in flour, make a criss cross pattern on it. Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes.