Two delicious cookie recipes

December 18, 2006 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Christmas, cookie recipes, country living, faith, family, food, Holidays, knitting, love, recipes, relationships, romance, stockings | 18 Comments

Fireflys Fireplace Sitting AreaTommorow my parents arrive late in the afternooon … preparations are still under way. Yesterday we finished getting the sitting area by the fireplace ready for the holiday. It is in a part of the house that has not been remodelled or restored, and so was a bit rough around the edges. Transforming it into a cozy place for visiting was enjoyable, not very difficult, and didn’t cost anything. With a bit of imagination, rearranging a few pieces of furniture, and placing several inexpensive tea and votive candles here and there the area took on a new life.

Now an area of the house that tended to be passed by without pausing is a warm and inviting stopping off place to sit, gaze out the window, and chat … with or without a fire going. Three hand knit Christmas stockings are hanging, and we are awaiting the arrival of the stockings I knit for my parents and my son to complete the grouping.

Now for my cookie recipes: Peanut Butter Maple Cookies and Firefly’s Chip Chips. Later I’ll add these to my recipes page, but for now they will reside here in the body of my blog. Both of these cookie recipes of mine have my dear husband’s stamp of approval … so please enjoy!

Peanut Butter Maple Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


    1 cups (two sticks) softended butter
    1 1/2 cups real maple syrup
    2 tsp vanilla
    2 large eggs
    2 cups natural style chuncky peanut butter
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 1/2 cups flour
    1 1/2 cups flour


Beat the softned butter with maple syrup until creamy.

Add vanilla, eggs and peanut butter. Beat well, until creamy again.

In a separate bowl, stir together the salt, soda, and 2 1/2 cups flour until well mixed. Add gradually to peanut butter mixture, mixing very well after each addition.

With the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, mix in 1/4 cup at a time until you reach a good cookie dough consistency. You don’t want the dough to be crumbly at all, or the cookies will come out far too dry. But, you also don’t want it to be too sticky because thent hey will be too gooey.

If you mix in all of the 1 1/2 cups flour and the dough is still too gooey to be cookie dough, mix in a little more flour until it is right.

Because of the maple syrup, the dough will be stickier than normal cookie dough, but it needs to be firm enough to hold its form during baking.

Rolls heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls, place on ungreased cookie sheets. Using a fork dipped in flour, press each cookie longways and side ways to make the criss-cross imprint on top.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes; remove from oven. Let cool on cookie sheet for two or three minutes before removing to cool completely on wire racks.

This recipe should make about 48 cookies.

If desired, before baking place three peanuts in the middle of each cookie and press in slightly. However, when I did this (as in the cookies in the photo) the peanuts tended to fall out after baking. So, I actually don’t recommend it.

Closeup of Fireflys Fireplace Sitting AreaNow for Firefly’s Chip Chips (possibly renamed later, but that’s the best my foggy mind could come up with this morning).

Firefly’s Chip Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


    1 cups (two sticks) softended butter
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
    1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 12-oz. package Nestle Chocolatier Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
    1 12-oz. package Nestle Butterscotch Chips
    1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Beat the softned butter until creamy.

Add sugar and vanilla to butter, and beat again until creamy.

Add eggs to butter mixture, and beat again until creamy.

In separate bowl, stir together the salt, soda, and 2 1/2 cups flour until well mixed. Add gradually to butter mixture until well mixed.

Fold in chips and nuts.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 11 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheets for three minutes or so before removing to wire cooling racks to cool completely.

Be sure to eat one hot off the cookie sheet, and offer the same to anyone else who is home; they’ll love you for it.

This recipe should make three dozen scrumptious chip cookies.

I have to go now, but I wish you a wonderful day!



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  1. mmmmmm…..firefly! The peanut butter maple ones sound especially delicious. Think I’ll try those this week! Thanks for the recipes, and your “new” sitting area looks lovely!

  2. Your fireplace does look like a cozy place for a sit and knit. Maybe a bit of an afternoon nod off too.

    The cookies sound delicious. I think I’ll give those Peanut Butter Maple cookies a try this afternoon. I needed a “tip” for the recycling guys and they’ll be perfect.

  3. The white pitcher you have on the table in the lower picture? I have the exact same one. It was my grandmother’s. How weird.

  4. thanks for giving us the recipes, ever since you typed the name “peanut butter maple” the other day, i have been salivating! your house is so beautiful and peaceful christmasy looking! enjoy it!

  5. That sitting area looks incredibly inviting! What a great job you did, it looks so warm and cosy, I bet it will be a wonderful spot to relax in.

  6. That does look cozy! Nicely done. Thanks so much for the recipes, I made chocolate chip & chocolate chocolate chip, but I have to try the peanut butter maple. I start round 1 baking tomorrow since I’m off, then the rest this weekend. Have a wonderful time with your family!

  7. This holiday season hasn’t been the norm for me so I have enjoyed reading about the things I “normally” do. We finally got a tree over the week-end and decorated. I hope to do some baking this week and I think I’ll give your recipes a try, they sound delicious. Have a wonderful time with your family. And thanks again for writing to us. I wish you a Very Merry Christmas!


  8. Your room looks so warm and inviting. I can’t wait to make the cookies, thanks for posting the recipes

  9. Right after I commented last night, I went out & got the peanut butter and maple. I made the dough last night and will be baking them today along with my other recipes. I’ll think of you while baking and thanks again for sharing!

  10. Those cookies ‘read’ delicious. You did have tea with me in that room, or did we? It looks very inviting! Enjoy your family!

  11. That is definitely the room we had tea together in, Peg.


  12. Merry Christmas, firefly!

    Looks as though you will have a white christmas over there, I’m not sure we will here. . .but oh well. The most important thing is having your family around, right?

    Blessings to you and your family in the new year!

  13. Regarding the sitting room, well done. You are hired, I’ll send you my address in a separate email! ๐Ÿ™‚ What a knack you have for decorating.

    Regarding the cookies, my mouth is watering just reading the recipes, and they don’t look very difficult either. Hmmm…I sense a late night Friday night!

  14. I LOVE your house!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for the recipes! I am not a very good baker but you make me want to give it a try!

    Besides, I have to fill my new Biscuit Blanket with goodies to keep warm! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Wow!! Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!!! Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year

  16. Great recipe. However, I would use real vanilla pod instead of vanilla extract. Just cut a pod in half lengthwise, remove seeds with point of a sharp knife and mix them in. Only 2 minutes work and I find tastes much better than extract.

  17. the sitting room looks quite lovely. I hope it was put to good use while your family was in town for the holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. So happy to have wandered onto your beautiful & happy Blog while searching Chocolatier recipes! The URL now resides with a few other favorite sites to come back and browse through. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I do have one question on the chip recipe & didn’t notice anyone else asking. Regarding the flour amount, in the ingredients you mention using 2 1/4 cups. However, in the directions it states stirring in 2 1/2 cups. Granted, it’s a small difference, but I didn’t want to mess up your cookies!

    Thanks again for sharing, and I do hope you can reply to this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Warm Regards – Suzanne

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