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No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Have you ever heard of no bake cookies? They’re pretty self explanatory, cookies that require no baking before they are ready to enjoy. It’s like getting to lick the bowl without getting scolded by mom.

Generally what makes no bake cookies work is a thick base that requires no eggs. Things like peanut butter, oats or graham crackers typically serve to keep the cookie together without needing to bake.

Here’s a favorite recipe for quick, no bake cookies!


2 cups sugar
1⁄2 cup milk
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄3 cup cocoa
1⁄4 lb softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

1⁄2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal (instant)

Directions
Mix first 6 ingredients in a saucepan and cook until it boils.
Boil for 1-3 minutes.
Remove from heat and add peanut butter and oatmeal. Drop by teaspoonfuls on to wax paper.
Chill until set.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Re Organizing your Kitchen for the New Year

Re Organizing your Kitchen for the New Year

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Well we are almost a month into 2017. How are those resolutions going? If you need another thing to add to that “to do” list I have just the thing. What better way to start the New Year than be re organizing your kitchen?! Fun stuff right! Hopefully this can be a quick reminder/check list for you when you decide to take on that feat.

Tupperware

Tupperware is kind of like socks. You put the container and the lid into the dishwasher and only half comes out. This leaves you with mismatched Tupperware sets that serve little purpose without the other half. Not to mention that your Tupperware may be stained by old food or broken or cracked from over use. My suggestion, start over. Get rid of all the unusable Tupperware and just get a new set. If you are looking to re up take a look at these food storage containers.

Clean out the Refrigerator

Okay this one can be a pain, but once you are done it is such a weight lifted. Clean out the old food, get rid of your leftovers from two weeks ago and organize that over stuffed freezer! Once you organize your freezer you will have more room for that ice cream you know you want J

Clean appliances

Okay this is never a fun thing to do but alas it must be done. Deep clean your microwave, coffeepot/Keurig, get a new filter for your water, and sweep the crumbs out of your toaster oven. It may seem like overkill but those appliances can get grimy really quickly and it is always nice just getting all of your kitchen appliances cleaned at once

Tidy counter

Overtime it seems like somehow your counter starts to shrink. Slowly but surely you start to accumulate useless stuff on your counter that is doing nothing more than cluttering your kitchen and taking up space. Find a new home for all of the nick knacks and random things that have found their way onto your counter. This also has the added perk of making more room for your Butter Bay. It will make your kitchen feel bigger and you will have more wiggle room when you are cooking and baking in your home.

Organize junk drawer

Every kitchen have a junk drawer. Well at least mine does. A drawer filled to the brim with random household necessities. Anything from scissors, tape, pens, batteries, paperclips, pretty much anything you could ever need. I know it’s not typically important to organize this space because it is so cluttered with random stuff but it could be a nice way to get rid on unnecessary things in your home and make room for more goodies!

Those are just a couple things you can do to get your kitchen space feeling clean and fresh for the New Year! What other ways do you tidy your kitchen and home! Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. We love to hear from our readers. You butter believe it!

The History of Shortbread

The History of Shortbread

Have you ever enjoyed the dense delicacy that is shortbread cookies? Did you know they originated in Scotland and could date back to the 12th century? These traditional cookies have a high butter content and traditionally had a recipe of one part sugar, two parts butter and three parts flour. The more modern recipes include dipping them in chocolate or other delicious glazes or creating different shapes to fit the occasion. If you’ve never made shortbread cookies now is as good a time as any. They are simple to make and could quickly become a staple in your baking repertoire. Try out this recipe from Martha Stewart!

 

INGREDIENTS
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup confectioners' or granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter an 8 1/2-inch round cake or springform pan. Sift together flour and salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, cream butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, about 2 minutes more. Add flour mixture, and beat on low, scraping bowl if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed.
Pat dough into prepared pan. Use a paring knife to score dough into wedges; prick all over in even intervals with a wooden skewer or fork.
Bake until firm in the center and just starting to color, about 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Cut into wedges. Cookies will keep, in an airtight container, at room temperature 3 weeks.