Hi guys, welcome back to Cooking with Sam!
This week, I wanted to make something special for my Mom. In honor of her coming back from Mexico. She was gone for about two weeks and a half. I missed her more than I thought I would. With that being said, I wanted to give her something sweet to welcome her home. Cookies and cake.
Peanut butterscotch cookies and vanilla strawberry cake. I threw the cookies in there just because I’ve been having the urge to make peanut butter cookies. Let’s go over that first.
½ cup butter (salted or unsalted)
½ cup creamy peanut butter (Skippy)
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups flour
1 cup butterscotch chips
Before anything, my first suggestion is to invest in parchment paper. I’ve been avoiding getting any because I don’t want to spend that much. I just butter my tray before putting it in the oven, but it is more convenient if you don’t like cleaning. Which I hate. Also, DON’T ever put wax paper in the oven. That can’t substitute for parchment. You’ll burn the house down.
Now we are ready to begin.
1. Melt ½ cup of any type of butter you have, and mix it with ½ cup of peanut butter. I used salted butter and Skippy.
2. Add in ¾ cup of sugar. You can use any kind. I used granulated, thought it would work better to give the recipe more texture.
3. From here you can just start throwing ingredients into the mix. Add in ½ tsp of baking soda, ½ tsp of salt, 1 large egg, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
4. Then after you’ve mixed it well, dump in 1 ¼ cups of flour and a full cup of butterscotch chips.
5. Grab a handful of cookie dough and roll it up into an even ball. You will press down on it with either your hand or a fork, depending on the design you want it to have. I didn't use a fork. I bought cookie cutters for this occasion. Heart ones. To show my LOVE.
6. Chill the cookies (optional) for 15 minutes then Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
My whole family loved them. My friends did too. Everyone rated them 10/10.
Now, time for the cake.
Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
Vanilla Extract 3 tsp
I used a box recipe. Betty Crocker's brand, from Walmart. White cake mix. It didn't have any vanilla, so after I followed the steps on the box I added a few drops of vanilla extract. A little goes a long way. Then I whisked it.
For the design of the cake, I bought pink and red frosting. The best color combination ever, in my opinion. This way, even if the cake itself came out hideous (which it did) the frosting would save it.
I had a vision.
Although the box said to bake at 350 for 30 minutes, I found that wasn't enough. It's important to check if your cake is cooked with a toothpick. You'll know it's ready when you poke it with the toothpick and nothing comes out with it. This cake was super easy to make, and my Mom loved it.