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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Now Reading

I am currently reading The New Eighteenth-Century Style - Rediscovering a French Decor. The text is by Michele LaLande and the photographs by Gilles Trillard.  I have to say that this is by far one of the best books on French design that I have come across AND I am always on the lookout for a great design book especially on French or Swedish design.

I will be doing a book review on this book very soon for Fifi Flowers blog, Reading is Fashionable. If you are interested in further books to consider for your summer reading please stop by and pay Reading is Fashionable a visit. Wonderful reviews on books, great author interviews, giveaways AND books with handpainted bookmarks by Fifi are sold via Fifi Flowers in her Etsy Shop AND she is having a fabUlous sale going on right now.

Stay tuned!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Manda's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don't know who Manda is BUT she sure knows how to whip up a fabUlous batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  I found this recipe under  I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate together. The saltiness of the peanuts and the sweet taste of bittersweet chocolate chips (72% cacao).  This is the first time using this recipe and from the looks of it going to be a favorite, according to my grandkids who loved the batter.  The recipe is very easy and the batter is yummy.

2 1/4 cups of flour

1 Teaspoon baking soda

1 Teaspoon salt

3/4 Cups of butter (softened)

1/4 Cup of peanut butter (Jiffy's the best according the recipe and I concur

3/4 Cup sugar

3/4 Cup brown sugar

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

2 Eggs

1 Cup chocolate chips  ( I used a premium brand of E. Guittard bittersweet chocolate 72% cacao but the usual chips are what the recipe calls for)

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

Bat butter, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition

Gradually add flour mixture.  Stir in Chocolate Chips

Cookies bake for 11 to 13 minutes.

Bars 20 to 25 minutes

This time I decided to make bar cookies and you can decide for yourself if they aren't the best looking bar cookies you EVER saw.  Well, that's a wrap for today's cooking 101.

What's your favorite cookie?
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