Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quick Candy Cookies = Comforts

I love Saturday mornings, for the time being anyway....the teenagers are exhausted from five straight days of volleyball and they sleep in.  The snow has not hit us yet, the golf courses are still open which means my husband is out getting in another 18 holes while he can.  Pure peacefulness on this Saturday morning.

I get to snuggle in my cozy blankets with my guard dogs, coffee and quietness.  It's a time for me to get caught up on my food shows and do absolutely nothing for a couple of hours. I then slowly ease into duties and reconciliation, laundry, getting caught up on this blog of mine that my family says, "I have become obsessed with".  They are ready to kick me out of our family dinners, since I keep photographing every meal. :)

Today's errands consisted of preparing for the upcoming high school spirit week and homecoming.  I am not a fan of spirit week.  Now don't get me wrong, I am all about school spirit.  Unfortunately, in today's schools spirit week ends up costing about $100.  For example last year the school had twin day.  Now I already have twins and you would think that my twins could just dress alike and be twins for the day, right??  No, of course twins have to reel in their friends to be each other's twins. Really???

Later in the morning my best friend Felicia called me and we were able to get caught up on the happenings of our families.  She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, bless her heart!  She told me that they already had their first real hard snow.  How could that be, it's not even October yet!!??

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Is that heaven or what!!
Then I went to my culinary compadre friend Toni's blog, A Taste of Alaska, and read one of her recent postings and saw all the snow in Fairbanks already on her patio furniture.  I know how devastated she is that her gardening season was cut much too short this year.

I finished up my morning watching The Pioneer Woman.  Is it just me or does everyone get ravishingly hungry watching the food channels.  Today she made these unbelievable, seriously sinful treats.  She hit my lifelong addiction today.  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - my total weakness.  Just try them on a s'more, you'll never go back to a plain chocolate bar on them again, I promise.

Quartered up for the oven.

Send in the candy for hugs, right out of the oven.
To make my arctic girlfriends feel better, I made them The Pioneer Woman's cookies I saw this morning.  Unfortunately, I cannot send them the cookies, as it sounds like they would be frozen by the time they arrived.  Hopefully they will read this though and know that I was thinking of them today.  Not to worry though, I'm sure my spirit week teenagers will have the cookies inhaled before noon, as my husband described them as "Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on steroids".  Only an athlete could come up with that he finished off eating six of them!

Quick Candy Cookies
Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

(1) Refrigerator Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Roll
(24) Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray mini-muffin tin with nonstick spray.  Slice the cookie dough into 1 to 1-1/2" slices..  Lay the slices on their side and cut them into quarters.  Place each quarter into the mini-muffin tin.  Peel the wrapper from as many candy as cookies you're going to make.

Bake the cookie dough for about 6-8 minutes at the most.  You'll want to take them out just when they start to turn golden.  Almost as soon as you pull the warm cookies from the oven, begin lightly pressing one piece of candy into each cookie.  the warmer the cookies, the better.  They grab onto the pieces of candy and work their magic, almost even hugging the candy with a warm wrap.

When their all done, carefully remove from muffin tins with a spoon and arrange on a platter.

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