A Southern Grace: cookies and kongs (and a krusteaz #giveaway)

November 13, 2015

cookies and kongs (and a krusteaz #giveaway)

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I wish I could say I was the kind of person who was so serious about cooking that she never took shortcuts in the kitchen, but that would be a lie. Sometimes, nay, most of the time, I appreciate a quick fix.



Have you heard of KONG dog toys? They're amazing. We got a couple for Marleau first thing because the woman who was fostering him recommended them and we figured she knew what she was talking about since she's had 60+ dogs come through her home. They're just little rubber toys that you can fill with food that the pooch has to figure out how to reach. It gives them a distraction and some nourishment at the same time, which is perfect for Marleau because he has a few hours alone in his crate each day while we're at work. We use peanut butter as the glue inside, and Marleau is very enthusiastic about it. Needless to say, we now have two jars of peanut butter in the pantry--an uncontaminated one for our use, and one to stuff the KONG.


Lest you worry, be assured that I used the jar of peanut butter that has been far away from Marleau's slobber for these cookies, which were made with the help of a mix from good ol' Krusteaz. When I have to choose between taking 30 minutes to make cookies from scratch or using that extra time to play with my sweet, mischievous puppy, there's no question what I'm going to do. These were very good, enhanced with some honey-roasted peanuts and a coating of coarse sugar. Not too shabby for a baker who has one eye on her puppy so he doesn't gnaw on the chair leg (or pee on the carpet)(or bring a deceased squirrel into the house--yes, it happened) and the other on the mixing bowl!

National Cookie Day is coming up on December 4 and I'm celebrating as a part of Krusteaz's Holiday Cookie blogger program. Holiday baking can be hecti, and Krusteaz is here to help, offering high quality and easy-to-bake cookie mixes, saving you time in the kitchen and making more time for you to spend with family (and pets) this holiday season. You can be in the running to win this huge package from Krusteaz:
*One box of the following mixes: Shortbread, Gingerbread, Snickerdoodle, Butter Vanilla Sugar, and Oatmeal Scotchie,
*Some fun holiday baking items like an apron, tote bag, cookie cutters, frosting decorating pen, and a mason jar (for gifting and storage!), and
*Holiday cookie recipe ideas for inspiration.


Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The contest will close in one week, on November 19th. Good luck!

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Peanut and Peanut Butter Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 14-16 3-inch cookies
Ingredients: Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Stir together egg, butter, cookie mix, and chopped peanuts until dough forms, hand kneading if necessary--I like to put on a latex glove and go to town on the stuff.
Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough, roll into a ball, then roll in the coarse sugar. Repeat until the dough is gone; you should get about 14-16 cookies.
Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet, then use a fork to form a criss-cross pattern on each cookie.
Bake 11-13 minutes, turning halfway through, or until light golden brown around edges. Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan.


Muddy mayhem.

31 comments:

Sharanya Palanisshami said...

I like chocolate chip cookies a lot..........

Julie said...

I love pretty much all cookies, but I'd have to go with a classic warm chocolate chip cookie.

sandyhills x said...

I would have to say that it is chocolate chocolate chip cookies - shaunie on rafflecopter

mommar6 said...

I love a good sugar cookie.

Angie Schneider said...

Peanut butter cookies...I bet these cookies would be gone very fast in our house.

Kristi said...

I love all cookies, peanut butter and chocolate chip are my fav.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I am always searching for a new cookie recipe to add to my Cookie Exchange board and these are a winner!
Thanks oodles,
Jemma

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Chocolate Chip always wins if I have to choose.

Ali said...

Mexican Wedding Cookies!

Velva said...

Peanut butter cookies are soulful. This is great recipe!

It's interesting how good dog treats always seem to have peanut butter. Our beloved pets know a good thing when they eat it.

Velva

Cheryl said...

My favorite cookie of all time is butter pecan shortbread.

Pam said...

Your pup is so adorable! My Gracie girl loves her kong. We too have two jars of peanut butter in my cupboard - one for the kong and one for the rest of us.

The cookies look terrific! Snickerdoodles or White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut are my favorite cookies.

rachel said...

Chocolate with chocolate chips!!

Marjie said...

Oh, your Marleau is so cute in his glorious muddy mayhem! My favorite cookie has to be any kind of shortbread or peanut butter with actual peanuts in it. I'd love to win; it would cheer me up during the aftermath of my attic fire.

Stephanie Grant said...

My all time favorite is no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies :)!

Abby said...

Those cookies look so good! I love peanut butter chocolate chip!

Pam said...

Your cookies looks great and I would go with peanut butter cookies all the way. Your pup is adorable, muddy or not!

Linda @ Today She Loves said...

The cookies I bake are my favorite ;) haha, jk. I find myself enjoying peanut butter chocolate chip cookies a lot.

Julie Raye-Rod. said...

i love caramel chocolate chip

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

Can't wait for National Cookie Day! I love cookies. All cookies. Those peanut butter cookies look yummy! :)

Eyreka said...

I like FROZEN chocolate chip cookies

Ashley Kolpak said...

I like oatmeal raisin cookies

lisa is cooking said...

What a cute puppy! Another reason I can't wait to get back into our permanent home is so we can bring home a puppy some day. And, I would like to eat these cookies while playing with said puppy!

Alison Peterson said...

M&m

I Wilkerson said...

Tough question--but peanut butter is up there!

Pamela said...

I think we all appreciate a quick fix, especially when the product comes out just as delicious! I've personally never tried this, but am looking for more recipes for the holidays! Thanks for sharing; can't wait to try my hand at this. :-)

Marcela N said...

I TOTALLY LOVE THEIS IDEA! PERFECT COOKIES! And the last photo..... gorgeous!

kim said...

i love classic chocolate chip

Vicky & Ruth- May I Have That Recipe said...

I love how simple yet delicious these cookie looks! I love peanut butter in my desserts!

Katerina said...

These cookies look simply irresistible!

Barbara said...

Your puppy is a cutie! No wonder you want to spend more time with him than in the kitchen!
Yummy looking cookies and great time savers!