Bake them cookies.
Yes, handing someone a dozen fresh-baked cookies made just for them — and for no reason at all — that, my friends, is guaranteed to make their day.
And, guess what? That’s also the theme of this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange challenge … to bake a batch of “Make Someone’s Day” cookies.
So, who was the lucky recipient of my “Make Someone’s Day” cookies? Well, I baked The Chef a batch of my four-ingredient peanut butter blossom cookies yesterday … just because he’s the best husband in the world. Yes, we are that sappy.
Anyway, with just four ingredients, my peanut butter blossom cookies are incredibly simple to make, yet your lucky cookie recipient will never know … because they taste like you put hours of work — and love — into them. And, really … crunchy peanut butter cookies topped with chocolate … need I say more?
Oh, I will say this … my four-ingredient peanut butter blossom cookies may just be the perfect cookie for “Make Someone’s Day” cookies as well. I’m going to hedge a bet that you have all the ingredients in your pantry right now … so if you also have 20 minutes, you can quickly bake up a batch to make someone’s day too!
- 1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 30 milk chocolate candy stars
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper (or use ungreased insulated baking sheets, ie, AirBake baking pans).
- In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, 1 cup white granulated sugar, and egg. Stir together until thoroughly combined.
- Using a 1-inch spring-form scoop, portion the dough into balls and place about two inches apart prepared baking sheets. (These cookies spread very little so don't worry about putting them too far apart.)
- Place the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl. Lightly grease the bottom of a juice glass with cooking spray, dip the glass into the sugar, then press the glass down on each dough ball until it's about ¼ inch thick. Repeat the process with the remaining balls.
- Bake cookies for 6 to 8 minutes.
- Remove cookies from the oven, then immediately press one chocolate star in the center of each cookie. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
Also, I used Wild Harvest's organic crunchy peanut butter in this recipe. You could try another type of "natural" peanut butter as well, but make sure it doesn't have too much oil on the top as this will change the consistency of the batter. And, of course ... regular peanut butter would work just fine!
The Creative Cookie Exchange bloggers chose someone in our lives that we loved and baked them cookies that they love! Check out these creative cookies below … maybe one will inspire you to bake cookies for someone that you love too!
- Dulce de Leche Madeleines from The Spiced Life
- Almond Butter Cookies from NinjaBaker
- Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies from Sweet Cinnamon & Honey
- Classic Shortbread with Fleur de Sel from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Coconut Rum Celebration Cookies from Food Lust People Love
- Jam Filled Butter Cookies from Magnolia Days
- Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Spiceroots
- Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Cookies from Indian Curries/stew
- Alphabet Letter Cookies from A Baker’s House
- Chocolate Chunk Shortbread from Baking in Pyjamas
- Cookie Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Noshing With The Nolands
- Soft Sugar Cookies from DessertStalking Blog
- Frosted Lemon Cookies from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Cherry Pie Cookies from It’s Yummi
- Apple Peanut Butter Doggie Cookies from Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt
- Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies from Rhubarb and Honey