que RICO

I’ll start with a little Spanish lesson. It’s really actually essential to know this phrase if you want to know and appreciate good food with your Spanish-speaking friends (by the way, if you don’t have some Honduran friends, you should start looking… I promise you won’t regret it!). The phrase: “Que rico!”

Yep, it’s simple and short and easy to remember… and it’s what Elena’s brother said when he tried our yummy peanut butter cookies tonight! (just FYI, if you click on the link don’t be scared by the strange orange-colored cookies… ours look MUCH better! Just check out the photos in the photo gallery).

Before I get too deep into the delicious-ness, I’ve got to stick to my Monday pattern or I’ll get all confused.

THE SCENE

With my hand mixer in my purse and a shortened coffee date behind us (we learned from our first baking adventures that our convos can lead to a very long night), we headed out of the city and picked up our taste-tester on the way. In my third year in Honduras with the same, sweet ladies… I think I’ve officially adapted to the spasmic, spanglish conversation. I jumped in and out of it today as we curved around the crazy mountain corners and listened to my music when they started talking too fast. There’s something about having high school girls in my car, Louis, that makes the world seem fresh and… well, young.

I love it.

Why do I love this scene I paint every Monday? Because I gush out compliments like gooey Halloween candy and throw them all over their embarrassed faces. They may put up a good front, but if I know anything about being a girl (and I know a little), then some encouragement every once in a while sure makes the hard times bearable. Anyway, these ladies are like the bubbles in my punch and I absolutely love it.

We got to Elena’s house and the distracted tendencies followed us, so we had the computer opened to the recipe while also researching colleges, catching up on school chambre, and all the while cracking jokes about how our beloved taste-tester knows her way around the kitchen like a gringo at a Honduran fashion show… not at all that is.

We always end up sending her on an ingredient run to the pulperia for supplies she doesn’t have or we can’t find. But, we love it. We stay creative and always laughing – those are two of the best ingredients for a recipe, no? Today, we were looking for cocoa and she started jumping in her pantry and squealing. Naturally, I went to see what the ruckus was about (because I always like to be a part of ruckus), and she was holding a can of COCO, which is coconut of course and not cocoa.

THE RECIPE

Today we hit up this recipe for YUMMY peanut butter cookies from Allrecipes.com. Here it be:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease two cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, peanut butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Use a wet fork dipped in sugar to make the crisscrosses on the top.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Grab a glass of milk and enjoy!

It makes 48 servings. Oh-yeah!

OUR SPIN

Well, since we’re at Elena’s we are always rocking a gas oven and NEVER margarine (it’s one ingredient short of plastic, you know). We also threw in some SPICES to the flour mixture and more vanilla in place of adding almond extract. We decided to top off the cookie with milk chocolate and throw in some almonds to crunch it up a bit.

More smiles. I’m almost certain we added more smiles than anyone has ever included in a recipe before.

que RICO

I hope you’ve got something to consider “Que rico” today! 🙂

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Patrick
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 22:03:20

    UMMM!!! YUMMM!!! Dang if theres cookin goin on like that i need to move to there! Those look amazing!!!

    Reply

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