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An Example of Life Going On

Tiny Christmas Tree
Tiny Christmas Tree

It’s not the greatest picture in the world, but this and one other small tree have brightened our living room for about two weeks. It’s been a consolation as well as a joy to see. I love Christmas!

I’ve finished the last of my Christmas baking – a glazed lemon tea bread – and have wrapped it for travel tomorrow. It’ll join other baked goods: peanut butter chocolate-chip cookies, coconut almond meringues and a loaf of “Skabana” bread, which is made with peanut butter and bananas. My sister is baking up a storm of her own. It’ll be a tasty Christmas!

Tea Time
Tea Time (Photo credit: Maia C)
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I started my Christmas baking with this recipe. It's fabulous. If you want to check out the original, pick up a copy of the Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies by Irma Rombauer, et al.


  • 14 tbs (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup unsalted shelled peanuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix until light.
  3. Add eggs gradually, one at a time.
  4. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer. Add chocolate and peanuts by hand and stir until well combined.
  7. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough 3 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake between 15 – 18 minutes, checking after 15 minutes.
  8. Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool.

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