Hi everyone.

I know . . . it’s been a while.

Sometimes sadness falls on us, and other things become much more important.

My husbands youngest sister passed away last week, after a long valiant battle fighting Colon Cancer.  We traveled to San Francisco for the funeral, so we were gone for several days.  One can’t help reflect upon their own life during a funeral. The most important part of leaving this earth, is making sure that those you love . . . know that you love them. Lisa did that eloquently.  The best way to describe her was fun loving, generous and beautiful both inside and out.  In fact . . . Lisa possessed a great talent. She had a way of making you feel that you were the only one in the room. We will all miss her greatly. 

Lisa could cook!

Early one morning I was looking through her collection of Cookbooks.  One of those books had the corner of a page folded down slightly, and “Fluffsters” sat below.  As I read through the recipe . . . I was a bit intrigued. It was a Chocolate Chip –  Peanut Butter Cookie without any butter or shortening.  Almond extract also jumped from the page.  In my mind, that was a tad bit different.  As I read further down the page, I noticed that they were also submerged in powdered sugar!  I quickly grabbed a pad & pen and jotted the recipe down.

They are “Fluffster” Good.

I’m hoping to dive into some Christmas Baking very soon.


Don’t forget . . . I’ve already posted some of our families favorites.

Christmas Recipes Part One

Christmas Recipes Part Two

I’ve also turned down the pages of several Cookbooks, and plan to put new recipes to the test! 


1 – 1/4 Cups Creamy Peanut Butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 large egg

2 Tablespoons water

* I added 2 – 1/2 Tablespoons water for our altitude

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 cup All purpose Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup semi or milk chocolate chips


1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  BEAT peanut butter and brown sugar in large bowl with an electric mixer until very creamy.  Beat in egg, water and almond extract until blended.  Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Beat until evenly moistened.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by tablespoonfuls on cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly in criss cross pattern with a fork.

3.  BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 1 minute then roll generously in powdered sugar.  Top with sprinkles if desired.

Note:  This cookie dough will be slightly less moist than the traditional Peanut Butter Cookie dough you are used to.  I added 1/2 tablespoon additional water, just so that the balls of dough held together. 


  • Nashina Jagielski - 12/07/2010 - 2:49 pm

    Hello Jonna, I am sorry to hear of your loss with that sweet woman. That talent of really focusing on the individual is so awesome! I wanted to write a quick comment to let you know that you radiate a special goodness yourself and even though a lot of us have never met you in person, we love you! The time and energy you put into this amazing blog is appreciated! Thanks. -Nashina (ps..I think my aunt Charlene W. lives by you in Rexburg!)ReplyCancel

  • fuatgencal - 12/07/2010 - 3:06 pm

    Hayırlı günler, çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık.


  • V - 12/07/2010 - 5:14 pm

    Sorry to hear about your family’s loss. Thank you for posting in your grief.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - 12/07/2010 - 6:00 pm

    So sorry for your loss! Cancer is such a terrible disease that touches all of our lives.

    These cookies look delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Pattyann - 12/07/2010 - 7:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that your heart is filled with love and happy memories as you look back. Thank you for posting this recipe. It looks yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - 12/07/2010 - 7:57 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s sister. What a wonderful thing to keep your sister-in-law’s legacy alive through her cooking and recipes. The cookies looks so unique and delicious! I pray peace will surround your family during this time of grieving.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty.com - 12/07/2010 - 8:22 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss too. That’s great you made one of her recipes.ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 12/08/2010 - 8:06 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of your sister in law’s passing.

  • Lynn - 12/10/2010 - 6:30 pm

    I am So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband’s sister. It’s always hard to say goodbye to those we love, but at this time of year….well it’s especially hard. Thank goodness for the knowledge that you will be able to see each other again someday. Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - 02/16/2011 - 12:40 pm

    Kudos to your sister-in-law on a fight well fought -may she now rest in peace.ReplyCancel