Have you ever opened up your cupboards in search of food, and found that the search came up empty? Well, that seems to be the case in my home every single Friday (I go to the store on Saturdays). With a large family, it gets more and more difficult to not only fill the shelves with food, but to keep food on those shelves once filled.
Recently, I found myself having a stare-down of sorts with my pantry and refrigerator. I would open one, then the other in a repetitive motion, hoping that if I looked hard enough, something would magically appear so that I could make something for my family of eight to eat for dinner.
I had a half a bag of carrots, the same amount of celery, some spaghetti noodles, 4 cans of chicken stalk and some leftover chicken from a rotisserie I had cut up days before. All of these ingredients, plus a sleeve of Saltine crackers, completed a rather delightful pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. I felt like a champ. I had created something out of nothing, and bellies were full and satisfied — that is, until my 9-year-old daughter reminded me that it was her turn to make cookies with me.
Ordinarily, this would be fine. While I don’t have the best by way of food storage, I do have a hefty amount of chocolate chips, and everything else needed to make cookies. We like cookies, what can I say?
However, when my daughter reminded me that it was her turn to make cookies with me, this didn’t mean just the ordinary cookie recipe. Every Friday for the past month, I had been letting my kids come up with their “own” cookies, by looking in the pantry for things that inspire them, and we would then incorporate it into my base cookie recipe.
This has been a fun thing to do, and it has been neat to see what kinds of things each has come up with. One week, it was Pop Tarts, another week, it was grape jelly, and the week before it was Nutella and pretzels (yum).
This week was slim pickings. I looked at our pantry, and was so scared that we would end up with tuna fish, olives or tomato paste cookies. Just then, my daughter looked up to the corner, where I had stacked my new shipment of PROBAR Meal® bars. She saw that one was a peanut butter chocolate flavor, and I could see that the light bulb went on. That was her inspiration, and what an inspiration it was. Time to feed the family with PROBAR!
With a little tweak in my base recipe, adding the PROBAR, some peanut butter, and a little bit of cocoa powder to balance out the flavors, I’d say we had a winner!
Here is the recipe:
2 ½ c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
¾ c. granulated sugar
¾ c. brown sugar
½ c. butter
½ c. peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 T cocoa powder
½ Peanut butter chocolate PROBAR Meal bar crumbled up
1 T milk
2 c. chocolate chips
Mix flour, salt and baking soda together in separate bowl, and set aside. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars together, add vanilla, eggs, cocoa powder, PROBAR, chocolate chips and milk. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Then, roll into inch-sized balls, and put in pre-heated 375’ oven for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!
Arianne Brown is a mother of 6 kids, ranging in ages 10 to 17 months. She enjoys running the mountain trails of the Wasatch and beyond. For more writings by her, search “A Mother’s Write” on Facebook. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter @arimom6.