When you make cookies as ugly as I do, you might as well call them what they look like: buffalo turds.
Just take your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe and healthify it. Swap the white flour with oat flour. Swap the sugar with pureed dates. Add in some coconut, dried cranberries, and flax seed. And presto, you’ve got yourself fiber-rich “buffalo turds.”
Kids! Come and get ‘em!
And you know what? They disappear about as quickly as the buffalo did a century ago. Fotunately, the American Bison are being reborn and the herds–and turds–are multiplying.
You can read more about these lovely creatures here:
This peanut butter cookie recipe is my grandmother’s. I have her recipe card–stained with butter–written in her curly script. She made these cookies in the Great Depression. So not only are these suckers tasty, they are best served with a glass of American history.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Combine butter, peanut butter, sugars, eggs. Add in baking soda, Then flour. Mix dough. Roll into balls and place onto parchment paper-line cookie trays. Flatten criss-cross with a fork (can dip fork into water so it doesn’t stick). Bake about 8-10 minutes in a 375 degree oven. I take them out a little early for chewy cookies.
Then I proceed to eat about seven. These Great Depression cookies are perfect for the anti-dieters.
Wondering what to do with all of that extra Halloween candy? What? You ate it all? If you did, this recipe is not for you.
But if your kids’ Halloween candy loot is still plentiful, rummage through and grab about 20 “fun size” Snickers, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Ways. Chop them up into little pieces and set aside. (By the way, why do they call them fun size anyway? You eat them in two bites and then bam, the party is over.)
Now you’re ready to rock Pippi’s Positively Pleasant Halloween Candy Cookie Recipe. (Say that three times. Now, say it three times with a mouthful of Snickers. Not so easy, is it?)
1 cup softened butter
½ cup white sugar
1 ½ cup brown sugar
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
about 16-20 miniature candy bars chopped up
Note: You can certainly use more candy bars if you like to nibble when food-prepping. J
What to do:
Preheat oven to 350°
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, eggs
In another bowl, mix together dry ingredients
Combine the wet and dry ingredients
Mix in the chopped-up candy
Plop spoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheet
Bake for about 8-9 minutes. Take out before you think they look done and allow to cool. Otherwise, you will burn the crap out of your tongue and that is never a good thing.
Oh, and don’t go on Facebook or Twitter while you are baking, as you will likely burn a tray or two. Like I did. Just now.
Calorie count? Well, consider this. You are combining candy + cookies. Sometimes it’s just best not to know.
I energetically mother three children: 14, 10, and 8, am married to my college sweetheart, and have two dogs. My life is full of laughs. eye rolls, love, and laundry. I'm friendly and genuine and blog about my bumbling life.