Soul food: Cookie time

The wet days are here and sometimes keeping the children occupied on a Saturday can be difficult. Why not get them involved with some fun baking time? This will keep them out of the rain and they will remember the day for a long time. These two cookie recipes are easy to make and fun is guaranteed as you roll up the dough.

Peanut butter cookies

You will need

• 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 1/2 cup peanut butter

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup brown sugar

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

• 1 large egg

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

• 1 1/4 cups flour

• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

• granulated sugar


In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter on high speed for 30 seconds.

Add the sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.

Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.

Beat in as much of the flour as you can.

Stir in the remaining flour.

Cover and chill dough until easy to handle, approximately 1 hour.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls.

Roll balls in granulated sugar and place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Flatten the dough balls by using a fork to make a criss cross pattern on the cookies.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes or until bottoms are lightly brown.

Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Very, very easy

• 1 cup peanut butter

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 large egg

Mix together all ingredients. Drop teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 8-12 minutes.