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Ryan’s Peanut Butter Cookies

A few weeks ago Ryan and I were grocery shopping, and he decided he needed peanut butter cookies.  Instead of buying pre-made dough from the store, I promised Ryan that if he found a recipe online I would make him homemade peanut butter cookies.

So, when we got home off Ryan went to his office, with Murphy close on his heels, to research peanut butter cookie recipes.  Twenty minutes later my boys came back downstairs with a marked-up recipe.  Not only had Ryan found a recipe, but he had made revisions!!!!!  This had the potential to be truly horrible — the last “recipe” Ryan came up with was mixing Fritos with peanut butter for a snack.

Nevertheless, being the “good” wife I am, I followed his recipe as requested (and he says I am incapable of “obeying”).  Here is the recipe he found as a starting point, here is what we ended up with:


  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees.
  2. Mix together butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Add egg, milk, and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix tougher flour and baking soda.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the to the peanut butter mixture.
  6. Mix in Reese’s Pieces.
  7. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets (Specific Ryan Instruction: use parchment paper to make clean-up easier).
  8. Press down with a fork in a criss-cross pattern (also a Specific Ryan Instruction because apparently peanut butter cookies must have a criss-cross pattern).
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes.
  10. Let cool for a few minutes before moving to a wire-rack to cool completely.
  11. Eat a few (or all of them) while they are still warm.


Ryan and Murphy were both pleased with the end-product.  I am thinking I should put Ryan in charge of finding more recipes!!


Recipe Notes:

  1. You may need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  I use dark, non-stick pans, so I always turn the oven down about ten to fifteen degrees.
  2. I intentionally omitted the salt because we are trying to use less salt.
  3. I like to refrigerate my cookie dough for at least 30 minutes before baking, but this isn’t necessary.
  4. Ryan thought that the cookies were better they next day when they were cool from being in the refrigerator.


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Berger Cookies Recipe

And yet, another recipe that I plan to change.

Here is the recipe – here.

I used version 2, not version 1.  I pretty much followed the recipe exactly, except I used brown sugar instead of white sugar, because I was out of white sugar.  Next time, I plan to use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet.  I also think that I would use the shortbread cookie for other recipes, possibly with jam instead of chocolate, or in addition to the chocolate :).

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Also, by sheer happenstance, I stumbled upon one of the most amazing combinations ever.  Berger Cookies and Popcorn – the sweet and salty combination is amazing!!  So, I am thinking of finding some way to combine the two in an official recipe – any suggestions???? Popcorn cookies???

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Packers v. Ravens – Pit Beef and Berger Cookies

I declare the second meal of football season to be a success!!!

We (by “we,” I mean that I cooked and Ryan offered his unsolicited advice) made Pit Beef, served on Kaiser Rolls with my version of “Tiger Sauce,” Berger Cookies, and Homemade Dutch Oven Bread.  Pit Beef, Tiger Sauce, and Berger Cookies are apparently Maryland staples.  The Dutch Oven Bread has nothing to do with Maryland, but I was in the mood to make bread, and the recipe promised a wonderful crusty bread.  The recipe definitely delivered!!!! I promise to post later.

This meal presented a few challenges.  First, Maryland appears to be well known for seafood, and we are not seafood eaters.  (This has been a trend in the teams that the Packers have been playing.  I think the NFL is trying to tell Ryan and I we need to branch out in our food selection.  We shall see about that.)  It took a little digging to find a non-seafood recipe.  Second, I decided to cook the beef inside instead of on a grill, so I was winging it most of the way.  Third, between two separate meat thermometers we could not get a consistent read on the temperature of the meat.   I decided to just wing it, hoping that the meat was cooked closer to medium than rare, and somehow lucked out.   Last, cutting the meat sandwich-thin seemed impossible given my lack of electric knife and meat slicer.   The slices were closer to pork chop slices than sandwich meat, but Ryan didn’t seem to mind.  I suppose we should have registered for that institutional grade meat slicer for the wedding.  Although if someone actually got that for us, I would  have some serious questions about them.

Here are some pictures from the meal:

The bread of all breads!!! Wonderful crust on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside!



Who wants some beef!!!

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Yummy Berger Cookies – Vanilla Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Ganache.


We are using the same rating scale as last year (more on that later), so here is Ryan’s overall rating:


Baltimore Ravens – Pit Beef and Berger Cookies
Category Max Rating
Deliciousness 20 17.25
Authenticity 10 7.5
Complementary Items 10 7
Presentation 5 4.25
Quantity 5 5
Total 50 41
Bonus – Packers 3 3
Bonus – Murphy 1 1
Total 54 45
Average 10.8 9

I am pretty happy with this rating, although I do have a few comments on my rater.  Apparently vegetables out of the bag are an insufficient side item.  Also, despite the fact that I made probably the best homemade bread that I ever made, this garnered me no points at all.  Boooo rater.

So here are the items I learned this weekend:

  1. Marriages can be tested by simple things – such as different definitions of the phrase “complementary items.”
  2. A married man’s memory is just as bad as an engaged man’s memory – Wonderful bread forgotten in a moment’s notice because I would dare make frozen vegetables on Football Sunday.
  3. I need an electric knife.
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Hello All!!  We are off to a bit of a delayed start this football season, because Ryan and I got married in the beginning of September and then went on our honeymoon!!!

For those of you that are wondering, yes Ryan did survive two weeks out of the country with limited access to football.  And yes, I thought it was glorious!!!  Too bad all of football season cannot be spent traveling abroad.

We got back at the end of September, and we started back on our cooking adventures last weekend.

For the Packer-Lions game we made Coney Dogs, which are apparently a Detroit delicacy.  Chili dogs also happen to be the meal that made Ryan realize he wanted to marry me.  I know I posted about this before, but last year we went to a Badger Football Game with friends and had chili dogs and chili burgers.  The food, game, and especially the company were great that day, but I found out later that there was more to the day than I knew.  Apparently, at some point during the cooking and/or eating  Ryan realized that wanted to marry me.  He said that he realized that he wanted this (I am not sure if he meant the chili, the football, or hanging out with me) for the rest of his life, so he decided to make it official.  Yes, ladies, food is apparently the way to a man’s heart.  Throw in a little football and its like the high-speed train to their hearts.

Needless to say, it was neat for me to have Coney Dogs be the first meal we made for football after returning from our wedding and honeymoon – it was apparently the catalyst to our engagement, and now it is part of the start of our marriage.  I am sure Ryan felt the same way – hahaha, kidding!  I think he was mostly happy that I sweetened the pot and made him chili fries as well.   Oh men, such simple creatures.

So, here is a picture of the food from last week:


And for those of you going into Murphy withdrawal, here is a picture of Murphy expressing his dismay over having to wear a tie:

Murphy Tie

It is a good thing he naps for a living and doesn’t have to actually wear a tie, or, heaven forbid, pants, every day.  (Yes the tie does say, Grill Master – Murphy wanted to get in on the cooking too.)

For the Packers-Ravens game we are making Pit Beef and Berger Cookies.  I may also make some Dutch Oven Bread just for fun.  We will see where the day leads us.

Happy Football Day to all!!  May Chili Dogs bring you all as much joy as they have brought me!!!

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Girl’s Night – The Recipes

If you are looking for the recipes that led to these mouth-watering pictures, look no further than other people’s blogs!!!

I finally got around to making some of the recipes on my need to try list!!!  Here are some of the recipes:

We tweaked each of the recipes a little.  I just cannot help myself when it comes to cooking.  No drastic changes. All in all, every recipe was delicious.  Ryan is currently obsessed with the Butterscotch Bacon Cookies.  I asked him if he thought they needed more bacon, an he said NO!!!!  Who are you and what have you done with my honey????  He then went on to eat three cookies in one sitting.  Oh okay, there is the Ryan that I know and love.

For the other recipes, we made them up! Who is surprised by that!  I will post the Cinnamon Glazed Almonds this weekend.  I am planning to make  spicy version this weekend, so I will post both recipes at the same time.

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A Manly Football Care Package

Ryan left, again.

Apparently the code of manhood, i.e., fantasy football, requires that the man species to leave the home and congregate with other man species on the divisional playoff weekend, drink beer, eat food, and grunt.  Estrogen not allowed.   So off Ryan went, yet again, to pay homage to the gods of football by drinking cheap beer and overeating.  I am sure they are engaging in high level conversation that is appropriately punctuated with burps/grunts and the occasional profanity.

I decided to be a good girlfriend and send him with an appropriate manly care package – extra-meaty chili and cookies (someone else was brining the beer).

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I decided to make a girls weekend out of it, by ticking off some of the recipes I had on my list of Recipes I Need to Try as well as some other new recipes.  Here is what we are making:

  • Cinnamon Glazed Almonds
  • Pretzels with Queso
  • Pizza with Arugla Pesto, Goat Cheese, and Sundried Tomatoes
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese Bisque
  • Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
  • Maple Balsamic Crusted Pork Tenderloin
  • Butterscotch Bacon Cookies

Pictures to Come!!

Oh, and off course this will all be served with wine.  And for desert, Chocolate Wine with Cherry Bounce.  We are definitely the more evolved species.

Murphy has a love-hate relationship with cooking.  He loves the smells, and he loves that  cooking means snacks as the occasional item falls to the floor.  But cooking also means no one pays attention to him because everyone is busy cooking.  It is so hard to be Murphy:

It is so hard to be me.

It is so hard to be me.

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Bye Week = Opposite Day

Does anyone remember opposite day from when they were younger – where you would answer every question with the opposite of the correct answer?  I remember my brother and sister being big fans of opposite day.  Ahhhh the tortures of being a middle child.

Well, with the Packers having a bye this week, I feel like we have been thrown into a week long opposite day.  No cooking and no blogging. As proof that this is in fact happening I came home today to a house that smelled like cinnamon and fresh baked cookies.  The only problem was that I had no been home all day to make said cookies and Murphy doesn’t have thumbs nor is he allowed to operate the oven.  So who made the cookies??????

Ryan did!!!!

I know, I am amazed too.  I never thought it would happen.  The boy does cook let alone bake.

Well, don’t be too impressed.  It turns out that he had frozen cookie dough that his mom gave him, and all he did was put a little extra sugar (as if cookies need more sugar) and cinnamon on the tops of the frozen dough and throw it into the oven.

Now he is making me dinner . . . seriously, my whole world is turning upside down at this point . . . oh wait, its frozen pizza.

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