Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a not a baker. I have always been able to cook up a storm but bake........................no. I can not tell you how many times I have tried through out the years only to fail. This past year though, now that I have to watch my weight and my cholesterol level, I can bake cakes, cookies and pies and not burn them. An even have my newly baked goods come out darn good.
So tonight for New Years Eve I decided that I would bake Peanut butter Blossoms for Wayne and I. I thought that this recipe would take maybe 15 minutes for me to put together and then put in the oven. Then in 8-10 minutes I would have delicious cookies for us to eat. I certainly learned a lesson tonight. If a recipe calls for lots of ingredients with more then two steps to making it then it will not be a quick and easy recipe. By the time I was finished gathering up all of my ingredients, getting my measuring cups and spoons, and then started measuring every thing that needed to go into my bowl I was a little tired. Then the instruction called for each ingredient to be placed into the bowl in steps. Between each step there was a lot of mixing. Then .............................oh, I wont go on if you have ever made these cookies then you know what the next steps are. By the time I was through with the mixing, the placing of each cookie on the cookie sheet and put them in the oven. I stood and stared at the disaster in my kitchen. So now it was onto the clean up. I don't think I was halfway through the clean up when the timer went off letting me know that my cookies were now ready for me to stick a single Hershey kiss in each one. After doing so I had to at least try one cookie. I liked it. But no time to eat, time to clean up. When I was finished with all of the clean up from making the nicely looking cookies I was to darn tired to eat any more of them.
No they are not perfect looking but they really do taste good. However, next New Years Eve, I think I will skip the baking and buy a cake. :)
Happy New Years Day. I hope that 2009 will be a very good year for all of us.
Keep Smiling. :)