This weekend, Jon David decided that he wanted to go sleep over with his Gram.
I’m fairly convinced that she laces his candy bars with fairy dust because he would practically live over there if I let him. I can barely get the kid to enroll in sports or swim lessons, but the mere mention of his grandma has him packing a bag in two seconds, like he was just invited to Space Camp.
Also, at Gram’s house they play games like Sorry, which I am sure has something to do with his enthusiasm. I mean, I’ll draw, swim, pretend Spiderman, or read books all day long, but a small person knocking my game piece and sending it back to the beginning with a “Sorry” and satisfied smile is enough to send me right over the edge.
Don’t even get me started on Chutes and Ladders. Why do people react so fondly to it? It’s horrible.
I could probably be convinced to play a board game if and ONLY if it was a game of chess where the pieces move by themselves like on Harry Potter. But obviously the England people haven’t brought that over here yet, so we are stuck moving our own game pieces like it’s the olden days.
No thanks, I’ll wait.
Anyways, I asked Jon David to call me before bed last night, only because I had already called once and I can only justify calling and checking on him so many times before I start looking crazy.
Well guess what?
He did not call me.
So this morning, after I was sure it was an acceptable hour of the morning, I called, convinced that he was either in a coma, or had been so busy last night doing super fun and important things last night that he couldn’t call.
Turns out, he wasn’t training circus elephants or eating a triple scoop ice cream cone. He was just watching TV.
Watching TV trumped calling the woman who grew the very lungs that draw his every breath.
I’m trying not to take it personally, because obviously Gram’s TV has magic in it or shoots out hundred dollar bills, but between you and me, my feelings were a tiny bit hurt.
Anyways, I’m sure Jon David will come back home one of these days, and when he does…these cookies will not be waiting on him.
Because I’ll have eaten them all.
SEE WHAT YOU MISS WHEN YOU ABANDON YOUR PARENTS?!?!?
My friend Shelly and I decided to declare this week Brownie Batter Week. We see Cake Batter treats everywhere…but why not brownie batter?? It’s CHOCOLATE, which obviously wins.
Everyone knows that peanut butter and chocolate are BFFs, so for my first recipe I decided to pair peanut butter cookies with brownie batter frosting.
This frosting is the best thing that happened to humankind (after DVRs, deodorant, and the CHI iron).
Give it a whirl!![/donotprint]
Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Brownie Batter Frosting
- 1 cup butter flavored shortening
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Brownie Batter Frosting:
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup brownie mix (powdered from a box)
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons hot water
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of a mixer, cream shortening, peanut butter, and both sugars on medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add vanilla and mix until blended. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until completely combined.
4. Shape cookies into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten to about 1/4 inch thickness with a fork and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake 8 minutes or so until edges turn golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
5. While cookies cool, make frosting: In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and vanilla on medium until smooth. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder and brownie mix, beating on low until just combined. Add corn syrup and beat on medium until combined. Add hot water, increase speed to medium high, and beat until light and fluffy, about a minute or so. Frost flat side of a cooled cookie and top with another cookie. Repeat until all cookies are frosted and topped.
[donotprint]Want to see another fun brownie batter treat? My friend Shelly made Brownie Batter Parfaits so click over to take a look!!
I can’t wait to share the rest of my brownie batter treats this week. I hope you love them!!
Have a happy Monday!![/donotprint]