I am a little bit ashamed to admit this… but this weekend I baked something “from scratch” for the very first time! See, I’ve been getting adventurous in the kitchen for awhile, but when it came to baking, I’ve been intimidated.
The thing that I love about cooking is the freedom to experiment and be creative. However, I’ve been told that baking is different. There are complicated formulas and you must follow the rules or risk epic mishaps.
Still, my husband has a sweet tooth like you wouldn’t believe and I love to make that guy happy. So, I pressed forward, did some Google research, and took a chance. Even though my ingredients didn’t quite match up, I used this recipe and chanced it. I substituted. I added extras. And what do you know… the cookies came out amazing! They were seriously delicious. Throw these cookies in a mason jar, add a ribbon, and you’ve got the most perfect “Back to School” treat for kiddies or new teachers.
If you’d like to make them yourself, you’ll need:
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 small handful of walnuts
- 1/2 of an apple
Chop walnuts until coarsely ground. Chop apple into little bits. Add egg, peanut butter, flour, sugar, olive oil, vanilla, and cinnamon to a large bowl. Stir with a whisk until ingredients are evenly mixed. (See photograph below for consistency.)
Stir in walnuts and apple bits. Spoon batter onto a baking tray. Cookie size is up to you. I made teaspoon-sized dollops. Place tray in oven and bake on 350° for 11 minutes.