My grandmother and aunt are coming tomorrow for a visit to the new house, so I’m caught between stressing over how messy and disorganized everything looks, and excitement for them to check out our new lair. With the two of them combined there’s at least 100 years of experience regarding house stuff, organizational tips, and life hacks, so I’m keen to get them in as early as possible to throw around ideas and awesomeness.
With the new house comes a new oven which I don’t know how to operate (it’s 30 years old and comes with a pencil drawn handbook of all things), so I wanted to keep it super simple and manageable. Cookies are not usually my realm of expertise, but I think I surprised myself completely by making something normal *and* tasty! With rice! 😀 The normal part is important, because I’ve realized I should be more careful of who my audience is for certain experiments. I know better than to serve my dad anything green (even spinach), leave out ginger and peppermint with the in-laws (sadness!), and generally try not to do anything too dorky with my grandmother. My poor aunt has been the victim of my wilder experiments – I still can’t believe I baked her my chocolate beet + fig cookies – her face was priceless!
These cookies are easy, nom, sweet, and all-round delightful, which is what you want in a cookie. Also, Man-thing bought a gigantic tub of peanut butter, so I just had to dip into the new stash 🙂 Anyway, I figure these are my most successful cookies yet, and the best part is they take about 5 minutes or less to assemble, depending on how much time you spend licking the spoon. You could probably get 10 cookies out of this, but I ate quite a lot of batter. *innocent face*Easy PB cookies (makes 9):
- 4 super heaped TBSP smooth peanut butter or roughly 1/2 cup
- 1/2 cup pre-cooked short-grain brown rice
- 1/4 cup unrefined sugar
- 1/8 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
Spices totally don’t count as “ingredients”, because they are pretty much standard, but LOTS of cinnamon go into these!
- Preheat oven to 180C and spray a cooking sheet.
- In your food processor, blend together your milk, sugar and rice until relatively smooth (approx 1 minute).
- Add PB, cinnamon and vanilla, blend briefly.
- Scoop out in 1 TBSP measures evenly across your baking sheet and flatten with the back of a wet spoon.
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden on top. Beware burnt bottoms!
- Let the cookies cool completely before eating – they will harden somewhat. Store in the fridge for happy results!
These are not uber hard cracker cookies – for those crank up the heat to 220 for 12 – 15 minutes. I prefer mine somewhat soft and gooey!
I had planned on making my grandmother’s ginger tart as a surprise, but holy moly, so much sugar! It’s no wonder it always looks so creamy and glazed and what not – sugar does produce a marvellous effect on the eyes, but rather terrible on the gut. I’m going to take some time to veganize it and make it slightly healthier, and then present it to her and see what she says – I might just not tell her I’m trying to replicate hers :pAnyway, this visit is a good excuse to get Man-thing and I into action and do some more touch-ups and stuff in the house, especially our super bare lounge area. We’re going for minimalism, but laziness has prevented us from even putting up bookshelves, which might be a bit *too* intense. We also have to knock some nails into the freshly painted walls, and then naturally arm wrestle to decide what art goes where. Man-thing isn’t very impressed with my big collection of Harry Potter fanart that I bought or received as gifts, but I think a portrait of Snape in a gown and slippers would surely be the most logical choice above the fireplace? Alas, I try and run a democracy at home.Speaking of which, Man-thing didn’t tell me until later, fearing I would explode, but apparently Gatsby has already tried to escape through the chimney!! I cannot facepalm enough. Does anyone know of plants that thrive indoors that we could stuff in there to prevent future escape attempts?Anyway, these cookies deserve another word or two, because they really are awesome. When Man-thing got home he eventually started yowling for snacks, and he called me cruel when I told him he could only eat the one since the rest were for guests. He claims they won’t appreciate them quite as he does, but he’ll say anything to ingest sugar. Seriously though, look at that delicious inner bite!