Monthly Archives: October 2012

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

It has always been fascinating to me to see the child’s eye when they experience something for the first time. My children have always been in the kitchen with me and I know that I take that for granted. We have children come in and out of our house though foster care who get to experience life and family for the first time in our home. It still always shocks me when I hear that they have never made cookies from scratch or know what a Christmas tree is.We as a family have decided to give them exactly this, even if for only a day or a week or a month.

Making cookies has been a HUGE treat in our house, especially lately. And I was able to share this today… We decided to make a very special cookie – Peanut butter blossoms – These are SO YUMMY and use one of my favorite candies – Hershey Kisses. 🙂 (and I think that the kids ate more chocolate as they were peeling the wrappers than what ended up on the cookies!!)

Peanut Butter Blossoms

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter or margarine, softened ( I only use butter in my house for cookies… tastes SO MUCH BETTER)
2 eggs (These are fresh from our chickens and ducks)
3 cups  all-purpose flour (I only use whole wheat fresh ground, but any bleached white will work as well)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Additional granulated sugar (about 2 tablespoons)
About 6 dozen Hershey’s® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates
  • Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Ketchikan, Alaska was BEAUTIFUL!

Lar and I had the best time in Ketchikan, Alaska. The sun was shining. We were told that they got about 17 feet of rainfall annually and had only about 30 days with sun a year. We got a 100% clear blue sky. It was amazing! Here are a handful of photos from that day (Sept 16, 2012). On our visit there, we stopped by the totem village, toured a salmon cannery and tours the bay on a boat.  I have added more photos online at