With all of this settling in comes people. People coming and people going. People measuring, people repairing, people cleaning, people delivering stuff. People doing things around the house to make it a better, more comfy place to live. People, people, people.
Well, with all these people coming and going, I’ve been a little concerned lately.
I’ve been concerned about inviting these people into my house.
This concern has nothing to do with the fact that I recently read Dead Until Dark (Book 1 of the Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris.
Not. At. All.
Did you know that, according to Miss Harris, vampires can’t enter your home unless they’re invited? Like, verbally, actually invited in. As in, “Hello. Won’t you please come into my home?”
I figure that if she says it’s so, it must be true…she’s written dozens of books on the matter, she’s clearly an expert.
I’ve been subtly testing the delivery people and handy repair people by not actually inviting them into the house. I just sort of say hi, and wait and see if they can enter on their own.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: if they were vampires, they wouldn’t be out in the daylight. Duh.
You’re right, this is true…except, what if they can be out in daylight…like the Cullens? I mean, this is Oregon, and it’s really only been sunny like, maybe four days since we’ve been here, so you never know. We’re not that far from Forks, after all.
Of course, that then begs the question, can a vampire enter your house without an invitation after all? Because Edward totally creeps in and stalks Bella while she’s sleeping long before she ever invites him in.
There’s so much contradiction out there that I’ve decided to trust in Charlaine Harris, and I always feel a little twinge of relief when people are able to come in the house without a verbal invitation.
But I still make sure I’m not home alone when they’re here. You know…just in case. I mean, maybe two of us can take on a super strong vampire. You don’t know.
Plus, I try to make them eat real people food, like these cookies. After all, if they are disgusted by something as delicious as these, they must be evil. Clearly.
When I went shopping for Easter this year, I grabbed some of the usuals – Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Easter M&M’s, jellybeans…you know, the usuals. Then I saw Nestle Crunch eggs, and I snatched them up. Nestle Crunch holiday shapes are one of my very favorites. I love the crispies to chocolate ratio in the holiday shapes.
When I got everything out for the baskets, you can imagine my disdain when I discovered that I’d actually grabbed peanut butter crunch eggs. Hmpf. I’m not really a fan of the whole peanut butter-chocolate combo.
I know, I know…I’m totally weird. It’s not that I don’t like PB and chocolate together…I just don’t love it. I was pretty irritated about the fact that my yummy candies weren’t what I thought they were.
Then I ate one. And I decided that if all PB-chocolate treats also had crispies, then they would all be heaven on earth.
And then I decided they needed to become cookies.
The cookies are super simple. You just need all-purpose flour, brown sugar, sugar, unsalted butter, rice krispies cereal, mini semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter, an egg, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda. And candy. But you totally don’t have to have the candies, unless you wanna. Or you could use any other candy on top that you prefer.
I don’t know what I was thinking…I mean hello?! Cookies, candy, and cereal all in one. How could they miss?? They definitely don’t; they’re delicious! Plus, they only take about 30 minutes to prepare and bake. Yay!
Grab your leftover Easter candy and make these…everyone will thank you. And if they don’t, kick them out, because they’re probably a vampire. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Crunch Cookies [Printable Version]
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies
FOR THE COOKIES
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened (margarine for vegan)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg (1/4 cup applesauce for vegan)
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (add and extra 1/4 teaspoon for vegan)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 to 2 cups rice krispies cereal
To make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl; set aside.
In a large bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the egg (or applesauce) until combined. Add the peanut butter and beat until well mixed. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture a half cup at a time until combined.
Roll the dough into balls, scooping one and a half tablespoons at a time. Roll the cookies in the rice krispies cereal and place them 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat Mats.
Press each ball gently with your thumb. Lightly sprinkle the cookies with sugar (optional). Bake for 12 minutes to 15 minutes, or until just browned.
Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack, and place a chocolate candy on each cookie while they are still hot. Allow to cool completely before serving.
Recipe by Darla