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Friday, February 5, 2010

Perfect day to stay in and bake cookies and Knish

Is it ever gonna stop snowing?    
Today  is my wedding Anniversary.  Steve wanted to take me to dinner and maybe a movie, but it's snowing again and we decided to stay in.   My husband ventured out and brought me some cheery flowers and chinese food home.  We will probably shoot for next weekend to have dinner out.  

I baked some peanut butter cookies today with the easiest recipe- 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, and one large egg.   I used a little more sugar.  I also made a batch and put a little cinnamon in the mixture.
After mixing, roll into balls, I placed mine on a baking stone.  Press down with fork dipped in sugar, bake at 350 for 15 minutes,   after removing from the oven , let sit a few minutes then remove.   Not sure how they keep as mine will be eaten up.   Good fast treat.

flatten with fork after rolling into ball
Yesterday we had Knish , I have never had it before and wanted to try it.
I used about 2 cups potatoes mashed, with a little cream ( the recipe called for an egg, I didn't use egg in mine)
1 chopped a medium onion and cooked til tender ,  you can add bacon, mushrooms, anything you like to the potatoes.  Add salt and pepper then
mix ingredients.

for the dough -you can use phyllo dough  but I made mine like a pastry crust.

Regular recipe
2 cups flour, 1 t baking powder, 1/2 t salt, 2 eggs, 1 T veg oil, 2 T water.   
 (since  I did not use the eggs , I used more oil and water. )   There are lots of different ways to make the crust,  I prefer mine without eggs - mix and roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick.
You can make rounds or squares,  I rolled mine into rectangle and then sliced about 2 inches thick.

mix onions with mashed potatoes, salt and pepper
I shaped potatos as shown and then rolled dough around them into a log.  I slice mine about 2 inches thick.

I sprinkled old bay seasoning on mine also.   You can brush with egg if you like.   You can be creative and use what you like.    Bake at 350 til crust is golden brown and crisp.

They are so good.

Oh I almost forgot to show you my flowers


  1. Good Morning Betsy and belated good wishes for your anniversary..... may the years ahead hold many blessings for you. I think you made the right decision to stay home and I’m sure you had a wonderful dinner party.

    How is the snow with you now... I see on the news that many parts of US are having serious problems.

    Enjoyed reading your recipes.... the biscuits look very tasty, but I don’t like peanut butter, so I’ll skip these, however, I do fancy trying Knish. as you rightly say, you can use a variety of ingredients for the filling.

    Your bouquet of flowers are beautiful.

    Have a good week, keep safe and keep warm. Marion

  2. To Marion,
    I really don't like peanut butter that much either, my husband likes peanut butter cookies and this is the quickest way to make them.
    The snow is coming again I heard tomorrow, we are up to our eyeballs in snow.
    Thank You for your comment and will post more pictures of our snow. It is beautiful.


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