Salted Peanut Cookies
Food waste is a big deal. Current stats show American families throw out about 25% of the food/beverages they buy. That’s a huge waste and a big budget drain. What’s the best way for keeping food fresh? I finally know the answer.
My dad’s brother lived with us for about a year. It was an interesting experience.
You see, to Dad I was Princess. To Uncle, I was Fair Game. My uncle was the master of pranks, practical jokes and bestow-er of goofy nicknames.
I protested. I groaned. I tried to get back at him. But secretly, I loved it.
His tales were spell-binding. His teasing was endless. He had this sort of chortling laugh that made his eyes twinkle when he was getting your goat.
I didn’t understand until years later that he was healing from a broken heart after his divorce and needed laughter.
I heard family stories about his boyhood escapades, like when his sister wanted to hang out with him and his friends, she got tied to a tree in their front yard so she couldn’t tag along.
And there was the time he wanted to borrow my dad’s car, but Dad needed it. Uncle jumped on the hood and rode around spread-eagle, like some over-sized hood ornament, while Dad did donuts trying to get rid of him.
Thankfully he had mellowed somewhat by the time he lived with us.
Sometimes he would let me tag along with him and his new girlfriend. She liked him a lot.
I remember one time he gave her an expensive ring box with a fancy looking ring. She was thrilled until she put the ring on and realized it was just an adjustable trinket to tease her.
She didn’t even get mad.
Uncle loved Mom’s homemade treats as much as I did. We regularly raced for the last cookie. One time he hid the last piece of Mom’s apple pie (my well-known favorite), telling me he had eaten it.
Although he said he intended to fess up and give it to me later, we were busy and it was forgotten until I discovered the moldy evidence in an infrequently used cupboard.
I only sort of got mad when he grinned and gave me the dirty dish to wash.
Guess he just had that kind of effect on women. 🙂
We hardly see Uncle now. He and his new wife live several states away. Even after all these years, I still grin when I think of him.
It’s been too long. I’m sending him a batch of these family favorites, Salted Peanut Cookies, just to prove to him what a good sport I grew up to be.
I’m putting them in a GladWare® Family Size Container, which holds a lot of cookies—about 13 cups of yum. It has a tight-sealing lid and it’s sturdy enough to keep things fresh.
And I’ll remind him about that piece of apple pie that didn’t stay fresh.
Today, in my own kitchen, I regularly use Glad® Food Storage Zipper Bags and Glad® MatchWare™ for food freshness and storage. The Zipper Freezer Bags have saved fruits and vegetables (and my grocery budget) when I didn’t use them right away after all.
I’m just happy that Mom didn’t have Glad® Press ‘n Seal® when Uncle lived with us. I might have ended up wrapped around the tree in our front yard.
Find out more about food storage and saving money at Glad.com.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup uncooked oats
- 1 cup coarsely crushed corn flakes
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- Cream shortening and sugars until light; add eggs, vanilla and beat well.
- Sift flour, soda and baking powder; add to creamed mixture.
- Work in peanuts, corn flakes and oats.
- Cover with Glad® Press ‘n Seal® and chill dough.
- Shape into balls; dip in cold water; roll in sugar.
- Bake at 350 for 12 minutes
- Yields about 4 ½ dozen cookies and one very happy family.
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Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.