I love my kids. They make me smile. They make me laugh. They make my heart sing. They are also very good (experts, really) at considering their own needs above all others. I know (hope – really hope) that all kids are this way.
It all came to a head for us last Christmas season when, after being showered with gifts and attention, etc., they were in a bad mood and couldn’t think of anything good about the day. If my head could have literally exploded as if in a cartoon it would have. I feel quite certain my eyes did bulge out of their sockets a little. Since then we have upped our efforts to instill a little appreciation and perspective in these beautiful children.
Why am I writing about this and not about the merits of chunky versus creamy PB in this week’s recipe? Two reasons. One, due to my own tinkering and tastes, I don’t have a lot to say about these cookies. They were good but reminded me a lot of the Granola Grabbers from two weeks ago. That is probably because I didn’t put nuts in either and added chocolate chips to the Grabbers. I used creamy peanut butter for these and they just weren’t that different. They were good, but I ate more of the Grabbers, whatever that means.
The second reason is that we made these cookies specifically for Operation Baking Gals. I know a great many of you are familiar with and have participated in this great group but, for the newbies, Operation Baking Gals was started by Susan of She’s Becoming Doughmesstic. We missed the first round but, for the second round, Susan had a number of “hosts” who provided us with a family member, friend, etc serving overseas. Each host has a team of bakers that send homemade goods to our soldiers.
I am thrilled and pleased to report that Will was very excited about this project and even made the cutest homemade card to go in our box. I really wish I had taken a picture of it but we were running out the door to get to the post office on time. We sent the Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters.and snickerdoodles. He “artfully” arranged the snickerdoodles on top for this photo.
So, thanks to Stefany at Proceed with Caution for picking this recipe – perfect timing. And thanks to Susan for starting Operation Baking Gals. Anytime I can get one or both of my kids to think about the outside world, I am thrilled. To see the other cookies, check out the TWD Blogroll here. Next week: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops. Malted milk balls in cookies? I couldn’t be more there.