Monday, September 29, 2014

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Corner.
     Recently I was given the challenge to do some cooking with honey. Since there was an employee dinner coming up, I thought a batch of cookies made with honey would be a nice fit. This would be one easy dish that would offer many people a bit of dessert. 
     The honey worked as a nice, "healthier" substitute for white sugar. I think the cookies would have a better and stronger peanut butter flavor if "natural" peanut butter is not used. Because I like a soft and chewy cookie better, don't drop them by teaspoons, instead roll into a small almost 1-inch ball and only flatten slightly. Remember when baking cookies, less is usually best or they will turn into hard little frisbees.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookie ingredients.
Honey Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup honey
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
2-1/2 cup flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Put dry ingredients - flour, baking soda and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.

In medium bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter and sugar. Beat until smooth. 

Stir in eggs and salt, beating again until well combined. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture. Combine well.

Chill dough for a few hours.

Preheat oven to 375.
Drop by rounded 1-inch balls onto a sprayed cookie sheet. Flatten tops with a fork dipped in flour crosswise. 

Bake for 8 minutes, just until set. Makes about 48 cookies.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kahlua Iced Coffee

Photo courtesy of the Cooking Corner.
    During warm, sunny afternoons I've found that an iced coffee hits the spot. It's cool, smooth and creamy. With the addition of Kahlua, this sweet flavored coffee is a personal treat.

Kahlua Iced Coffee
1 pkg. Hills Iced Coffee mix
6 oz. cold milk
1 shot Kahlua
3-4 ice cubes

Pour milk into glass and sprinkle in coffee mix. Stir well, until dissolved.

Add Kahlua, stir and add ice cubes.
Makes 1 serving.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mega Pork and Beans

Photo courtesy Taste of Home.
     Potluck dinners are always fun. A little while back we had one at work and everyone did a great job of bringing in goodies. One of the graphic designers brought in a slow cooker full of tasty pork and beans. This combination of sauces, bacon and beans had the staff coming back for more.

Mega Pork and Beans
Recipe courtesy Jason Hembree
2-15 oz. cans pork and beans
2-8 oz. cans pork and beans
1 lb. bacon
2 cups Jack Daniels Hickory Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce
2 cups maple syrup
1/2 cup Best Western or French Dressing
In skillet, fry bacon on low to medium heat until good and crispy. Remove from skillet and place on plate with paper towels to drain excess grease and cool to avoid burning fingers.

Open cans of beans and pour contents into kettle. Place on burner and adjust setting to low to medium heat. Mix in additional sauces and syrup and stir thoroughly.

Crumble bacon into chunks, mix into beans and stir thoroughly. Simmer until beans are slightly bubbling or until desired level of heat/softness of beans. Serves 30-40.

Taste Of Home Recipe of the Day