KateR (pooplord) wrote,

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damn you, Pepperidge Farm cookie commercials

Every night that we've watched television for the past week or so, the same commercial has come on several times, sending us not-so-subtle messages about how we should eat Pepperidge Farm cookies, which are apparently hand-crafted in the Italian tradition (if you want people to know that, PF, then why didn't you call them Peppereggios or something?). I figure it's a ploy to get people to pick up the "Entertaining" collection for their holiday parties. I mean, if you buy the cookies that say they're for entertaining, your guests are sure to be entertained!

Some people in my household are more susceptible to this advertising than others, and if you think stereotypes about women and chocolate hold true, you might be surprised to find out that it's my husband. Then again, if you're reading this and you also know my diabetic ex-boyfriend, you may know that he was completely under the spell of the Pepperidge Farm Mint Milano (TM, I'm sure). I suppose it could be good to eat cookies directly following an insulin injection, just to make sure your blood sugar doesn't get too low... right.

Anyway, the television was telling us to eat cookies late last night, but we didn't have any. I decided I wanted to bake something, but we didn't have any eggs, and we generally do a terrible job of keeping other kitchen staples around, so we can never make anything we want to when we want to. So I said, hm, let's look at vegan and eggless cookie recipes. Nope, still missing some key ingredients. Holy shit, SHORTBREAD. Shortbread is like pastry dough with a lot of sugar in it, and I'm great at making pastry dough, and we still have tons of butter and flour left over from my Thanksgiving pies and quiche. So I found a recipe for peanut butter shortbread, which sounded even better than regular shortbread, and spent a good 90 minutes preparing and then baking it. We didn't cool it long enough before eating some, so it was extra crumbly, but still delicious. Then after a whole night in the fridge, I enjoyed some for breakfast. YUM.

If you'd like to try your hand at it, all you need is 2 sticks of unsalted butter (hey, it makes up to 16 pieces, so you're really only eating a serving of butter per piece), a tiny bit of salt, 2 cups of flour, and 3/4 cup of peanut butter.

Here's the recipe I used: http://www.cakespy.com/2008/11/peanutty-buddies-chocolate-peanut.html
They apparently tried it with chocolate flavored peanut butter, which also sounds awesome.

In completely unrelated news, I am wearing the loudest color combination of printed blouse and printed sweater vest today and I feel like I look super cool and sophisticated but I probably just look like a kid playing dress-up, as per usual.
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