I'm not exactly sure why I did, but I unofficially "signed" myself up for baking something for Jacob's office twice a week, for Wednesday and Thursday. I guess I thought it would give me some much needed purpose for those days, and I guess it has. I just hope our bank account doesn't give up the ghost. :)
So, for last week (remember, I'm behind), I made Allspice Crumb Muffins and Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters. Both of these are from the Baking from My Home to Yours book, because at this time...no internet, and I really enjoy reading and picking out recipes from that book, although I probably should branch out a bit. But if you have the book, the recipes are found on 16 for the muffins and 73 for the cookies.
For the allspice muffins, I decided to make them mini muffins so that there would be more to go around in the office. I was certain that I had ground allspice, but much to my dismay, no, I only had whole allspice. So I took the length of a movie (I've been going through our collection) to grind enough for a double batch, which was pretty hard with a mortar and pestle. I guess it's good forearm exercise though? Whatever. So here are my mini muffins. I don't think I took that great of a picture though. I think I was tired, and then I got attacked by a spider in my kitchen. It was dangling from a thread right by my face. Me and bugs don't get along, and I'm not even good a killing them. So, after I had a good wig out and finally managed to kill the beast, I was not quite in the mood for photo shooting, so you get what you get.
And here are my peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Jacob really hated the name that came in the book. He thought it was pretty dorky, so I'm just going to call it what it is, minus any frills. These were like three cookies rolled into one, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. I used smooth peanut butter in this recipe because that's what I had on hand, but if I were to do it again, I'd use chunky because the peanut butter flavor was a little lost and I think the chunks of peanut would have helped.
These were great with a glass of milk, but then what cookies aren't?