I can't believe this weekend is Father's Day already! I am excited to spend it with all my "dads" - my father, step-father, and father-in law.
I am super lucky... they are all the greatest in their own way.
Mr. Vittles and I already bought gifts for my dad & father-in-law, but I still need to figure out what to make for my stepdad, Chris... he is an extremely mellow, quiet, 'surfer-dude' who doesn't care much for traditional gifts.
The gifts he likes best are homemade.
So here's a story for ya. A little over a year ago, he was driving to one of his favorite surfing destinations when his roof rack came completely off his car, holding two of his favorite surfboards, and smashed onto the side of the highway.
He was naturally devastated - his boards are probably the only possessions he owns that he actually cares about. Mr. Vittles offered to dispose of the pieces for him, and then secretly kept them in the garage for a project.
So for Chris' birthday this past March, we presented him with this amazing bench that Mr. V designed & made from the broken surfboards.
Chris was... ecstatic.
Now unfortunately for me... I do not have the talents my husband does, and I will not be crafting anything from wood to rival this gift.
But fortunately for me... Chris happens to love baked treats (even though he probably eats healthier than most people I know), and this fits more comfortably into my range of abilities.
Some of his favorite goodies are my mother-in-law's chocolate cake, ricotta cookies, and also good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies.
He also loooves peanut butter - he puts it on everything.
Like... things that are totally inappropriate for slathering in peanut butter, such as tuna fish and meatloaf.
My personal favorite is when he makes giant, thick pancakes that take up the entire width of the frying pan, spreads peanut butter over the top, then adds tuna fish and honey.
However, for all that peanut butter madness, he does not like baked goods with peanut butter in them. Go figure!
It's ok though. Because you know what that means?
More peanut butter cookies for me.
These are surprisingly yummy for not having any flour or butter in them... I used Natural Jif for these (the creamy natural kind, not the grainy natural kind that needs to be stirred) and the consistency is awesome. Mr. V would probably prefer them a bit softer, but they're not crunchy either.
Maybe if I just added some tuna fish to the batter they would be a good candidate for this weekend?
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. packed light brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
Heat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
Shape the dough into 1" balls (you can use a cookie scoop - just mush back together if it cracks in half) and place cookies 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork, flatten each ball, creating a crisscross pattern.
Bake until puffed and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen.
Recipe Adapted Slightly from Real Simple