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Peanut Butter Cookies Experiment

Original recipe, courtesy of 
Wilma Lord Perkins, editor of
The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, courtesy of
Time Life Encyclopaedia "The Good Cook",
volume "cookies and crackers." 1982

.5c peanut butter
.5c butter softened
.5c granulated sugar
.5c light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
.5ts vanilla extract
.5ts salt
.5ts baking soda
1c flour

Cream together the peanut butter and butter.
Beat in the two sugars.
Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Arrange by teaspoonfuls on baking sheets.
Press flat with a floured spoon or fork.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven (180C) until firm.
About 10 minutes.
Makes 60 cookies.

What I Actually Made today.

1c flour
.5ts baking powder
1c peanut butter
1c icing sugar
1ts vanilla extract
2 eggs
.5c sunflower seeds, roasted, and toasted again
.25c flax seeds
enough flax seeds to roll the cookies in.

Add flour, peanut butter, icing sugar to bread machine.
Press start.
Add vanilla and baking powder.
Allow to mix until all appears crumbly.
Add first egg, and notice it is very stiff.
Add second egg, and notice it doesn't change.
Oh. Notice it is actually getting worse. Stiffer.
Use wooden spoon to get the stuff mixed, as it
seems to be getting very stuck all of a sudden.
Add sunflower and flax seeds.
Continue mashing with wooden spoon.
Mixture appears to behave.
Continue mixing, assisting with wooden spoon.
Mixture turns dark suddenly: unplug bread machine.
(not bad dark, but looks oily suddenly)
Remove interior pan with cookie goo.
Use wooden spoon to remove a baseball sized hunk.
Drop it into a dish of flax seeds. Roll it around.
Put onto cookie sheet.
Continue fishing out baseball sized spoonfuls, and
rolling them in flax, and placing them on sheet.

Notice when almost done that mixture is not as 
sticky as anticpated.
Spoon in last three cookies without 
rolling them in flax.

Bake in preheated oven at 350F.

Set timers. 
Buzz timer for 12 minutes.
Ding timer for 20 minutes.
Plan to turn off oven at 12 mins, and
remove the cookies at 20 minutes.

Go to computer to type recipe onto Journal Page.
Somehow miss the buzzing signal.
Hear the ding, and suddenly, also hear
the buzzing.
Rush away from computer, anticipating smoke
filled kitchen.
Turn off oven.
Find lightly-done cookies inside the oven.
Return pans to oven, heat off.

Return to journal writing.
Post to web site.

Makes one dozen big cookies.

That's all I know.