It has been a busy last couple weeks, filled with traveling, the holidays, hosting, and working. We were so fortunate to have our friends Josh and Cate come to visit us for New Years. They live in the Bay in California – and when California friends voluntarily come to the artic tundra that is Minnesota during the winter to visit you and your husband, then you know they must really love you lol. Unfortunately was unusually colder than normal while they were here – staying below zero degrees Fahrenheit for the majority of the time, with the “feels like” temperatures ranging between -30F to -15. But they were troopers, and were still willing to go outside, despite the thick ice that had accumulated on the inside of our windows to possibly deter them.
We laughed our faces off while playing What Do You Meme, and tired our brains out while playing Code Names. We went to the Target Center to watch the Timberwolves beat the Lakers. We learned along with the little kiddos at the Science Museum. We spent our New Years making predictions for the coming year, playing Taboo for hours, and having a quick glass of champagne at midnight. It wasn’t full of sequence dresses, fireworks, or the trendy glitter decorations that you see on Instagram. Rather it was laid back and spent with loved ones and perfect.
One of the days while they were here we did some sledding and built a snowman in the morning. Then in the afternoon the boys went cross country skiing while the girls stayed at home, did some Cate-friendly baking (aka gluten free/dairy free), and watched Harry Potter. We made these peanut butter s’mores cookies and OMG you guys, they are SO good! The cookies are a variation of the 3 ingredient (PB, sugar, and egg) peanut butter cookies that my mom used to make. These flourless cookies have a peanut butter base, which makes them SUPER peanut buttery, which is great for the peanut butter lovers out there such as myself. In the recipe you will place the marshmallow on the cookie 2/3rds of the way through baking. I found that placing the marshmallow on at start was too much baking time for the mallows and they would slid off. Not ideal. The cookies are easy to make, only require one bowl, and fricken delicious.
Peanut Butter S'mores Cookies (Gluten free & dairy free!)
Prep time:Bake time: Serves: 16
- 10 marshmallows
- 1 cup natural peanut butter, smooth
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 salt (omit if peanut butter is salted)
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat, set aside.
- Cut the marshmallows into 1/3rds, then set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir the peanut butter, sugar, egg, and salt (if peanut butter is not salted) together until well combined.
- Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls. Place on the prelined baking sheet, spacing an inch apart, and slightly flatten.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place a small dollop of nutella (or melted chocolate for dairy free option) on top of each of the cookies.
- Place a 1/3 marshmallow on top of the nutella. Return cookies to the oven, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and to cool completely.
- Drizzle the cookies with nutella or melted chocolate.