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RE: peanut butter cookies (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: annie1992 on 02.12.2012 at 10:39 am in Cooking Forum

I've also made those cookies posted by grainlady with Splenda and they turned out fine that way too, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, Splenda equal to 1 cup sugar. I don't care for Splenda, but it's what I had on hand, so I used it and my diabetic BIL, my diabetic father and my celiac Aunt Ellen liked them, LOL.

For peanut butter cookies for everyone else, I use the recipe in the old Betty Crocker cookbook, I've tried others and it's still my favorite. Don't overbake, though, or they lose the chewy quality. It'll depend on your oven and the size of your cookie but mine takes 10 minutes. Don't press them too flat with the fork either, or they'll be crispy, I think I leave mine maybe 1/2 inch thick. I do replace the shortening with all butter and I sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar because I like them that way. (grin) No one complains.


1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375*

Mix thoroughly the shortening, butter or margarine, peanut butter, both sugars and egg. Blend in flour, soda, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill.

Shape dough into one-inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on baking sheet. Flatten in crisscross pattern with a fork dipped in flour.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes three dozen cookies.

I really like the King Arthur website too. I buy their flour at the store but I've never ordered anything on line from them. I've only had a few of their recipes fail me, so they're consistent too.



clipped on: 02.15.2012 at 01:45 pm    last updated on: 02.15.2012 at 01:45 pm

RE: Too much dog??? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: coconut-nj on 08.25.2009 at 10:07 am in Pets Forum

It sounds like she's going to be a great dog with a little work and what dog doesn't need some work? Smiles. It also sounds like you're already starting to get a handle on her energy. Obedience is sure one of the best ways to work on energy. Mental stimulation works off energy as well as physical does. I like to work on simple obedience exercises inside too to help them work off energy. I make them do what I call doggie calisthenics. Up, down, up, sit, down, wait, up, down, etc. It also helps enforce your bond while training.

I have a few suggestions for you. I think working on some agility would be right up her alley and you can make a few things in your yard really easily and refine them if she likes doing it. Set up a jump for her. Start with a broom handle on crates. Even set up a few in a row once she gets what they're for. Don't underestimate the power of a few treats for teaching. When you're trying to work on her recall [come] use a long line that is attached to her. You can use a piece of clothesline. Start with her about ten feet away. Say the word, come, show the treat, give a gently tug if she doesn't come right away, praise like crazy when she does. Do it alot.. lol. Then increase distance. Eventually you can do it without the line, but until she has it down, just use the line. Also you can try it without the line and if she doesn't listen right away, say come and run in the opposite direction. They generally do like to go where you're going so that often works too. You can check out online setting up other agility things in your yard.

Last, a few good toys that are very helpful for high energy dogs. Have you seen the Egge? It's a giant plastic egg that is so large that most can't get their mouths on it and slippery and odd shaped enough the it keeps them going trying to get ahold of it. Really works great. They even use it and variations of it in Zoos for the big animals. Leergurg, the famous trainers, have a video of a couple of their dogs playing with one and I've seen other videos. Pretty funny. Here's the Leerburg one.
Leerburg video

Raw meaty bones are great for occupying and wearing out a dog. Talk to the butcher even in your regular grocery and see about getting a decent sized marrow and meaty bones. Added benefit is it is a natural dental floss and cleans their teeth so good. The largest black Kong called the Extreme Kong is good filled with yogurt or peanut butter then frozen give a good workout and occupy. Btw, the meaty bones can be given frozen too. Good luck and I do hope you have a good life together and hope some of this helped.

One more great toy that is almost indestructible is the Goughnut. You can google it. It even has a guarantee and they will replace it for postage if your dog eats through it. The black is for big strong chewers.

Almost forgot, I know a number of people whose dogs use the 5 gallon water bottles as toys outside or in a large space [basement or garage]. It's another hard to get a hold of toy that keeps them going for quite a while.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Egge


clipped on: 08.25.2009 at 10:07 am    last updated on: 08.25.2009 at 10:10 am