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@FortCluck I agree 100% with the others...scratch made is always better than a mix. You just have to experiment and find the right recipes!

Here's my #1 cookie recipe, so easy and only 4 ingredients. (I think it's already in the Index but will repeat here for simplicity.)

Peanut Butter Cookies
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix it all together. Put tablespoon size lumps on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 325* for about 14 minutes. Done!

I like to add mini chocolate chips to the dough sometimes. Or put mini peanut butter cups on top of each cookie as soon as the cookies come out of the oven.
 

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Morning all. The grandkids are hanging out with Grammy today so the oldest is going to help me make bread and rolls. He told me the other day he wants to learn and "hates store bread" :rolleyes: I'm thrilled he wants to learn though.

As for baking being a science and cooking being intuitive, I agree for the most part. @FortCluck Baking is always better from scratch. I wasn't ever the baker in my family, but I have learned to make bread. There's a learning curve in baking just as there in cooking. The difference is that you cook according to taste, not so in baking. You'll get it, it just takes a little practice.
I think that sounds like a great way to spend the day IM! You and the g-kids will make some fun memories baking together.
 

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@FortCluck I agree 100% with the others...scratch made is always better than a mix. You just have to experiment and find the right recipes!

Here's my #1 cookie recipe, so easy and only 4 ingredients. (I think it's already in the Index but will repeat here for simplicity.)

Peanut Butter Cookies
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix it all together. Put tablespoon size lumps on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 325* for about 14 minutes. Done!

I like to add mini chocolate chips to the dough sometimes. Or put mini peanut butter cups on top of each cookie as soon as the cookies come out of the oven.
I'd have to find a vegan way lol. No one likes peanut butter cookies except me 😁
 

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@FortCluck I agree 100% with the others...scratch made is always better than a mix. You just have to experiment and find the right recipes!

Here's my #1 cookie recipe, so easy and only 4 ingredients. (I think it's already in the Index but will repeat here for simplicity.)

Peanut Butter Cookies
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix it all together. Put tablespoon size lumps on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 325* for about 14 minutes. Done!

I like to add mini chocolate chips to the dough sometimes. Or put mini peanut butter cups on top of each cookie as soon as the cookies come out of the oven.
Do you use white or brown sugar NFC? I thought brown?
 

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There is a part in baking that is chemistry and a part that can be creative like spices. The chemistry part has to be more precise
Very true. I was thinking more about baking bread. There's the chemistry of course, but there's also kneading, for however long, and knowing when you have enough flour or if the dough is still too wet. The things that you learn through trial and error. My fav bread recipe doesn't use the same amount of flour when it's raining as it does when it's really dry...that kind of stuff is intuitive I think. Make sense?
 

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Very true. I was thinking more about baking bread. There's the chemistry of course, but there's also kneading, for however long, and knowing when you have enough flour or if the dough is still too wet. The things that you learn through trial and error. My fav bread recipe doesn't use the same amount of flour when it's raining as it does when it's really dry...that kind of stuff is intuitive I think. Make sense?
Yes!

No Knead bread has more chemistry in the process because the long proofing time makes the gluten develop without kneading
 
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