Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 20, 2008

Foodie with Family: On their scale, awesome


I made a double batch of peanut butter cookies and crowned each with a Hershey's Kiss -- unwrapped, of course. As the cookies were cooling on the counter, I saw baby number four, Mr. Innocent, drawing perilously close to the cooling racks.

"Don't touch those," said I. Mr. Innocent stopped, clasped his hands like a choirboy and made wide, innocent eyes. "Is it good I'm don't touching these, Mom?" He said. I told him it was very good and turned around to wash up the mixing bowl. Out of the corner of my eye I saw him bent near the counter with his hands tucked behind his back. When I faced him fully, I saw that his tongue was resting right on top of one cookie.

Mom: "Hey! Don't eat those!"

Mr. Innocent: "I'm not eating them. I'm smelling them with my tongue."

Here's the irresistible peanut butter cookie recipe that made my kids manipulate and lie to me. If you have someone around like my baby number five, The Stealthy One, you may find yourself with an entire plate of cookies stripped of their chocolate kisses. If you find yourself in this situation, I recommend crumbling the leftover cookies onto a bowl of ice cream. Better yet, crumble them into almost-finished homemade homemade chocolate malt ice cream with a splash of Frangelico and a drizzle of rich hot fudge sauce. For the ice cream recipe, visit

Manipulation Worthy Peanut Butter Malt Cookies

1 c. shortening

1 c. granulated sugar (or demerara sugar)

1 c. brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 t. vanilla extract

1 T. malted milk powder (like Ovaltine)

1 c. crunchy natural peanut butter

3 c. all-purpose flour

2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

Additional sugar for sprinkling on top of the cookies

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