This months Sugar High Friday's, #53, is hosted by Sweet Tooth; Theme: All Time Favorite Desserts, or in other words, something that you cannot live without.
The moment that I read the string of words that make up that sentence, I knew my one thing would be cookies. Not specifically any one type of cookies, but any type of cookies will fulfill the thing I can't live without.
Cookies are a simple pleasure. They are a concise creation, deliberate in their purpose and oh so fulfilling. Regardless of what events have transpired in your day, cookies will make it better-after all, they can make a tall glass of milk magically taste like chocolate, sugar, or peanut butter!
Even in The Matrix, when Neo goes to visit the Oracle and she gives him the chilling prophecy that he will have to choose between his own life, and Morpheus'? what does she do to make that horrific situation better, but offer Neo a cookie:
"Here, take a cookie. I promise, by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain."
This gesture, though sweet, provided more than lacing an unfortunate circumstance with a bit of sugar... the cookie gave Neo literal insight, part of the Oracle's code via a wireless connection to the source.
Indeed, cookies may just be the conduit to saving mankind.
Vanessa, at I Never Grew Up generously let me borrow her Farm Chicks Cookbook, and I was so excited to make Serena's son's favorite cookies!
Big and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies by the Farm Chicks
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup crunchy peanut butter (I opted for creamy, with the addition of peanuts)
½ cup honey
½ cup peanuts
Cream together until smooth
2 teaspoons vanilla
Whip together until light and fluffy
2 cups flour
1 cup wheat flour (I opted for wheat germ)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
The Farm Chicks suggest dropping ¼ cup sized spoonfuls and baking for 12-15 minutes, however I opted for .8 oz ballsWhat can't you live without?
Use a fork to press a cross hatch pattern on tops of cookies
Bake at F350°, 7-9 minutes, cool on wire rack