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Now onto the GOOD STUFF.
I promised Eric’s co-worker that I would bake him any cookie of his choice if he purchased some fundraising items from this fundraiser at my work.
Last night I made him his choice of cookie- Reese’s Pieces Cookies– which I thought was a rather strange request…..until I tasted them. :D I don’t think I had eaten Reese’s Pieces since I was about 12 years old but as soon as I popped one into my mouth, it was peanut-buttery-chocolatey heaven.
I knew immediately that these cookies would be great.
I modified this recipe I found from Very Best Baking.com:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (I used reduced-fat margarine)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 oz.) Reese’s Pieces
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in Reese’s Pieces. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.
SLICE AND BAKE COOKIE VARIATION:
PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.
* Depending on the reduced-fat margarine you use, you can cut the fat by 50% in this recipe!
* Note: Reduced-fat margarine will yield a lighter, softer, more cake-like cookie. yum!
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Stay tuned tonight for tonight’s HOT TOPIC post on before-and-afters, losing-weight, maintenance, exercise, and balance.
I will be addressing your questions! And letting you know how I did what I did and what works for me!
If you have any more questions pertaining to this topic, please leave them in my post called *Gulp* where I posted my before and after photos.
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~Kris Carr (from Crazy, Sexy, Cancer) <–One of my inspirations!