Friday, February 8, 2019

Fresh Baked Sweets for our Local Firemen

The first Saturday in December it was a baking day in our house. Bronwyn and her cousin Anika are both involved in GEMS at church. GEMS stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior, it's a similar club like Girl Scouts. The girls wanted to do their Baking Badge so that's what we did! We went for a field trip to our local bakery and could pick any type of baked good in the place to get and try. Then we went home and did all the book work, there was a LOT of bookwork. Finally, all the bookwork was done and we rolled our sleeves, washed our hands, and started baking! The girls worked very well together, adding ingredients, rolling out dough, sprinkling sprinkles, smashing doughballs with forks. They did awesome. After all was baked and lunch was eaten, we wrapped up our cookies and headed off to the fire department to deliver the fresh baked goodness. The first station we went to appeared vacant - no cars or people around and nowhere to park to look around. We went to another. At least we saw some cars - I rang the bell - nothing. We looked around - no lights, nothing... ugh. I saw a phone number for dispatch on the door so I called it, the ambulance was out on a call but the engine was due any minute. We decided to wait in the cool misty rain. Ten minutes went by - no engine. I asked the girls if they wanted to wait or head to the police station - wait for more 5 minutes. I set an alarm on my phone and we waited. As soon as the alarm went off we started walking to the car when the door opened and a fireman stepped out "did you need something?" Yay! The girl got to give their cookies to the two firemen and they even got to go sit in the engine. Turns out, the garage had a backdoor they drove in from - that's why we didn't see them come back.
A very fun day for the girls and for me too. It was so fun to see them work together and have a fun day together. Oh and the recipes. We did our standard sprinkle covered sugar cookie and then these peanut butter cookies. As far as peanut butter cookies go - they seemed good. The taste testing girls said they were good - I'd guess that's enough of a vote for me.

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork or meat mallet if desired. Bake 10-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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