And for the cookies, another new recipe to try that really has nothing to do with Christmas. I'm baking a lot for other people this week (desserts for a wedding rehearsal dinner, DeRoche's Commissioning Service at church, and a wedding shower), and wanted something new for us to try.
Here is the recipe I started with. Minor adjustments - I added vanilla and a little salt (hello - we like FLAVOR), and the peanut butter mixture was pretty dry, so I added a tablespoon of softened butter. Oh, and once again, I didn't read all of the directions very well and just rolled the whole cookie in the extra sugar before baking, rather than just smooshing it with a glass dipped in the sugar.
Result: Yummy. Very yummy. A bit putzy, but good enough to make it worth it.
Oh, and I didn't listen to Christmas music while making them, I stuck with the new Eric Hutchinson album that Justin put on my iPod.