One summer before we had children, my husband was relocated to Georgia for work, so we packed up our house and found an adorable apartment in the suburbs of Atlanta. While we loved living there, my husband's company decided to sell their stores and go out of business. Thankfully, they moved us back home, and I was able to get my teaching position back, so it ended up being like one very long vacation during my summer break. The only problem for me was extreme boredom. After all, this was the late '90s, so there was no Facebook or Skype. Since I wasn't working and knew nobody in the area, I spent most of my days exercising, cleaning, and watching TV. Now, over 12 years and four children later, I'd give anything for a slow summer like that again, but I figure that won't happen until the youngest has moved off to college, and I am certainly not ready for that yet.
I watched quite a bit of television on the local channels they had since we didn't have cable or satellite, but I no longer remember the various shows. To help with the boredom, I began trying out new recipes I saw on TV, including desserts. Since I had all the free time in the world to exercise and still had that lovely 20-something-year-old metabolism, I could afford all that cooking and baking! I'd give anything for that toned pre-pregnancy body again...
But I digress. The point of this post is not to dwell on the past but to share a super easy, super fantastic recipe I discovered while living in Atlanta and watching some random long-since-forgotten talk shows. It's a three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe, and it yields 18 cookies. Here's how to make them:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of peanut butter, and 1 egg. Scoop 18 balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. (I love our cookie scooper.) Sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar onto the balls and use a fork to press down flat. Sometimes I push down a few chocolate chips in mine. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
It's really that simple, and we have friends who beg us to make these cookies for them. Since we always have these three ingredients on hand, we can oblige! In fact, just last night, after tucking our kids in bed, my husband and I sat down to watch a movie when he decided he was craving these cookies. Before the previews ended, he had the batch in the oven, and boy did they smell divine! I won't admit to how few were left over for the kids' lunches the next morning, but I will say that I really need that time to exercise like I did during that Atlanta summer.