Friday, November 4, 2011

The Cookie Request

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Once a month my family and I try and volunteer at an amazing program for rehabilitating men coming from addictions at the beautiful Double R Ranch in Warner Springs. Pat and Melanie run this place and basically teach the men life skills and how much God can help their lives so they can get back out into the world and to their families or jobs. They are all essentially cowboys after their stay, learning to take care of goats, horses, chickens and many other farm life. 

On our first time we went there with a group from church and our family was really drawn to the family that has been committed to these men rebuilding their lives. One guy in particular that I first thought of to be rough around the edges, became an sweet chatter box when we would visit. He dropped a hint the last time we went up there that if we liked to bake (hint,hint) he loved a good white chocolate peanut butter cookie. I had to treat him to one the next time so I found a great recipe and doubled it to feed the volunteer crew and the men that would be there when we visited. They were so good and I will be on the hunt for another great recipe for the guys.

If you get a chance please visit the website and also try to come out to a volunteer work day, the whole family can come! PS They also feed you an amazing lunch by the cook that makes breakfast, lunch and dinner! This is their website:

Cowboy White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted And Cooled
6 Tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter, Melted And Cooled
1-¼ cup All-purpose Flour
1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats- not quick Oats
¼ teaspoons Salt
½ teaspoons Baking Soda
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 whole Egg
1  Egg Yolk
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 cup White Chocolate Chips
½ cups Peanut Butter Chips

Mix the flour, oats, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the cooled butter,peanut butter and sugar until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Fold in white chocolate and peanut butter chips. I used my cookie scoop to make perfect balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, they will spread a little so give room! Bake at 325 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until the center is almost done, DO NOT OVER BAKE! Pull them sooner than later, they will be weapons if not.

I Hope you know someone who is well deserving of these cookies and that you take time to build someone up and help them out a little. Little things done by many people can change the world!

God Speed

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