That would be me.

The garden swallowed me up,  spit me out and I flew far far away.

So . . . where have I been?  I took my sweet side kick clear across the map from Idaho to Virginia. We had a minor upset and spent a couple of grand nights in Chicago, due to something called an Earthquake then a hurricane! Airplanes don’t seem to operate when Airports have SHUT DOWN! Airports don’t seem to mind cancelling ALL flights and ruining perfect schedules. Trust me here . . . we certainly weren’t the only stranded, tired and irritated passengers. I was so very thankful to be standing for hours in “stranded passenger” lines with the one I love.  I felt so very sorry for the small children, traveling alone, looking scared, confused and forsaken!

Yes . . . I’m a wimp! I would not have wanted to stand in that forsaken line by myself, wondering, waiting and begging for help. That Chicago Airport was daunting, to say the least. I still was a long way from Richmond, Virginia and NOTHING was moving.  Oh . . . had I been alone, I might have just curled up with those small children and cried!  Not really.  I would have felt sorry for myself for just a minute . . . put on my game face and took action. I would have looked calm and in control on the outside, but my insides would be screaming – “You’re such a faker!”  Yes, I can do that very well!

So . . . why Virginia?  Sweet things come in very small packages in Virginia.  The newest member of our family is Tanner. He came into this world a mere 3 lbs. When we left, he was weighing in at 5 lbs! Gee . . . see what all that kissing and loving does for babies. We have been very blessed with beautiful, perfect little grand babies. We’ve had 2 little boy bundles this summer. Sweet little Hudson was born just 5 weeks prior to Tanner and they are beautiful! This makes eight, which makes me OLD! Count them:  Logan, Bridger, Addisyn, Boston, Oakleigh, Cooper, Hudson, Tanner.

Sweeter than cookies . . .

So . . . what does all of this have to do with Peanut Butter Cookies?


I did miss you all though, and will be posting again soon.  In the meantime, make these cookies . . . cuz they’re really good!


Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

makes about 24 cookies

A soft peanut butter cookie with the perfect amount of crunch.


1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling

½ cup light brown sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 large egg, room temperature

1½ cups all-purpose

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon table salt


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or SilPats.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar on medium speed until very light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add peanut butter and cream until fully combined, about 1 minute. Add egg and mix until fully incorporated. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to wet ingredients and paddle just until dough forms.

Roll dough into 1 1/2″ balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place 2″ apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Using a fork, gently apply pressure to the top of the cookies, creating a criss-cross pattern, until cookies are 1/2″ thick.

Bake cookies for 14 minutes, rotating half-way through, until golden. Allow cookies to cool slightly, about 2 minutes, on baking sheets and then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.



  • lynn - 09/14/2011 - 5:23 pm

    Your cookies look yummy. So the ones with the kisses and the ones with the jam were made with the same dough? Mmmmm. And congratulations on the new grandbaby. What a delight that must be.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 09/14/2011 - 5:53 pm

      Hi Lynn,

      Yes….same dough for each variation. They are even better the next day!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - 09/14/2011 - 5:24 pm

    Well thank goodness you made it back and are alright! These cookies look lovely. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • lynn - 09/14/2011 - 8:08 pm

    Welcome back home!

    Congratulations on your newest 2 grandbabies. So jealous! ; DReplyCancel

  • Daisha - 09/14/2011 - 9:32 pm

    The cookies look amazing, as does all you cooking! Congrats to your family on the babies! I know your daughter in VA. We were there for school too (just left) and she took our family pictures a few times. Such a sweet thing she is. So excited for them on the birth of their baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Hailey - 09/15/2011 - 8:25 am

    I am so happy that you are back! Congratulations on your new sweet grandbaby!! What a joy!! Thank you for sharing such fabulous recipes with us!ReplyCancel

  • Niki - 09/15/2011 - 9:17 am

    I was wondering where you were! Peanut butter cookies are my all-time favorite – and my ultimate weakness. But I’m very picky about them. I will put this recipe to the test very soon! Sorry for your travel troubles, but I bet it was worth is to see the new grandbaby!ReplyCancel

  • Charity - 09/16/2011 - 6:00 pm

    I had also been wondering where you were and I’m glad that everything is ok! I *need* to feed my sweet tooth tonight and I think this might be just what I need. ;PReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ShugarySweets - 09/20/2011 - 1:56 pm

    Congrats on the new family additions! How exciting. I’m sure you’re so proud!
    The cookies look great, I love the ones with the jam. Duh! Such a great idea, never once thought to do that trick. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - 11/29/2011 - 2:01 am

    They look yummy!!! Do you bake the jelly or add it after the cookies have cooled?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 11/29/2011 - 10:44 am

      Hi Michele,
      I added the jam afterwards this time, but you could also roll the cookie dough in small balls, press an indentation in the center, then add the jam and bake.
      If you add the jam after baking, just press the baked cookie in the center slightly before filling with the jam.