So our house has been pretty crazy this summer. We found out we were expecting baby #4 right before summer began. Right after I had obsessively marked on the calendar every single thing we were going to do all summer to keep busy and to make sure the kids had a blast. I had every day planned out to the detail. And then morning sickness began. No mercy. I kept calling out Uncle, but apparently it doesn’t count for pregnancy.
So I just looked at the calendar and realized I have pretty much sucked as a Mom this summer. Every day my kids beg me to go do something fun and I just lay there on the couch moaning. I’m sure they think I am crazy. But I have been in total survival mode. Just trying to get by. I keep telling myself that they won’t remember any of this, but I have to admit I feel so much guilt.
And now that I am feeling a bit better, summer is coming to a close and I am realizing that school starts here in just a couple of weeks. Wow. Is anyone else out there in my same shoes? We should start a support group! :)
Anyway, what better way to cheer my soul up than with peanut butter cookies. I loaded them with peanut butter chips and broken Hershey bars. Oh. My. Go and make them now if you need to smile.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chunk Pudding Cookies
makes about 3 dozen
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups peanut butter chips
6 (1.55 ounce) Hershey Candy Bars, broken roughly
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Using a mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add in the pudding mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Stir in by hand the peanut butter chips and candy bars. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Do not over bake these. When they cool, they should be soft and chewy.