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Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies 

Well, happy New Year! It has only taken me 8 days to publish my first blog of 2018. And while many of you may have resolutions to eat healthier… I’m still stuck on the delicious cookies I made 2 weeks ago. So for those of you who are avoiding cookies, check out the recipe below for protein balls and save this blog post to your Pinterest recipe board and come back to the cookie recipe in a few months! Haha!

For those of you that aren’t in the Kansas City area, HyVee is a grocery store chain. We had some HyVee brand mini-chocolate chips. They were originally intended for no-bake oatmeal protein balls – but the cookies won. We had a Christmas party to go to and I was assigned to bring a sweet treat. I ended up following the recipe on the bag of mini-chips and OMG they were so delicious. And they just happen to be the most beautiful and uniform cookies I’ve ever made! They were worthy of a share.

Here’s the recipe:


1 c.  unsalted butter, softened

¾ c. granulated sugar

¾ c. packed light brown sugar

½ c. creamy peanut butter

2  large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ¼ c. flour

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 (12 oz) pkg mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 c. honey roasted peanuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar with a electric mixer.


Add peanut butter and mix well.


Beat in eggs and vanilla.


Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually stir into sugar mixture.


Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.


Drop by tablespoons onto greased baking sheet.


Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.


Let cookies stand on baking sheet 2 to 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.
Since I rarely follow a recipe, I thought I’d list the changes I made. I didn’t use the honey roasted peanuts, I didn’t grease our cookie sheets and I added a bit more flour than the recipe called for… I probably used 2 1/2 cups of flour.

Happy Homesteading

Malt O Meal Applesauce Baby Muffies

So if any of you are following our blog you may know that we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel. A large portion of the contents of my kitchen cabinets are packed in boxes in our guest room.  Our grocery options in our house are extremely limited because it’s difficult to cook.  I pretty much just have stuff on hand to fix meals for the twins who are 10 months old. I love Malt O Meal and I’ve always seen the recipe on the side of the box for Magic Muffins but never tried to make them. I recently made Greek yogurt applesauce oatmeal muffins for the twins and they loved them so I was going for a similar muffin but I wanted to try to use some of my Malt O Meal. I modified the recipe on the box because I wasn’t crazy about all of the sugar in the original recipe so I sweetened with applesauce a 1/4 c of brown sugar. I’ll warn you, if you like super sweet muffins these probably aren’t for you, but I was making them for a quick and easy snack for our babies. The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar so you could definitely add more to it if they aren’t sweet enough for you. 

These are super easy to throw together and I literally made them from start to finish in about 25 min. Let me know what you (or your kids) think! 


Malt O Meal Applesauce Baby Muffies

1 1/4 c all purpose flour

3/4 c Malt O Meal

1 c unsweetened applesauce

1/4 c milk

1/4 brown sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon 

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 c vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Spray mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray or use mini muffin papers. Fill mini muffin cups (I use a medium sized cookie dropper). Bake for 12-14 min. 

Baby approved!