Great Cooking...Not Mom, Though...

Now, THESE Were Good...

Greetings folks! Just thought I'd share something with you today and sure hope you can leave a comment about the results. I have a recipe for you!

Now, my late mom was a horrible cook. hehe - I'm not kidding you. There was something about Tuesdays where mom hated us kids -- it was 'stew' day, with cabbage, turnip, potatoes, and stew meat all boiled up together. She called it 'boiled dinner' and we called it...well, won't go there. Those old-time ladies knew the basics of meat 'n' potatoes here in Eastern Canada, but unless you came from a culinary line of ancestry or had a bit of 'francaise' in you, the resulting fare left a little to the imagination. The Acadian French ladies here where I grew up sure knew how to add that 'certain something' to a plain old pot of chicken fricot...OR, stew meat. WHAT is 'fricot'?...basically the leftover chicken thrown into a pot and stewed up, but with the added spices, dumplings, etc. fricot is the perfect snack for almost anytime of day. It tasted awesome, bottom line. We had no fricot when I grew up...we had stew....

Then there was Saturday at supper, ritualistic pancake day on a cast iron skillet. Man, talk about getting smoked out once a week! Hot skillet greased with ham fat --- quite an intro for the pancake mix where the resulting 'cakes' had the same color as the skillet --- black... The whole neighborhood knew it was Saturday supper at MY house....*s

Anyway, my poor late mom could burn water. However, when it came to this recipe for peanut butter cookies, she was the KING!...or...QUEEN! Without a hint of bias at all, she made the absolute BEST peanut butter cookies you ever tasted. Again without bias as she was my mom, I still think that if ten cookies from ten recipes were lined up in front of me and I did a blindfolded taste test, hers would have won hands down.

Peanut butter cookies require no great cornucopia of ingredients, as probably most recipes have close to the same. But, there was something she did in the process and to this day, I don't know what that is. Maybe a stove temperature setting, the mixing,...she even did the cross-hatching with a fork before they went in to cook. All I know is that with a glass of milk, these cookies were the ultimate snack. Never too greasy, full of peanut butter flavour, just crispy enough not to be doughy and I liked 'em even when they got a tad burnt on the bottom (as opposed to the pancakes where the burnt effect was to be expected...)

Thus and without further adieu, here's the magical mix and instructions - you might want to try with different brands of peanut butter and tweak it a bit (think she used the smooth kind). And for sure, I'd like to read any comments you might have with this experiment so let me know how you make out with these. Thanks so much for the fun!

Mom’s Peanut Butter Cookies


Makes 8 doz.


Ingredients:

1 Cup margarine

1 Cup white sugar

1 Cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 C uppeanut butter

2 Cup flour

½ tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

1 Cup rolled oats ( rolled or uncooked)


Method:

Heat oven to 350 F

Cream margarine until soft. Add white sugar, beat again. Add brown sugar. Beat until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix until smooth. Add peanut butter; then flour with salt and baking soda. Add oatmeal. Roll into small balls. Place on UNGREASED cookie sheet. Press down with a fork dipped in flour. Bake until done, approx 10-12 minutes.







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