It’s that time of year when everyone is on the lookout for unique holiday gifts to give family and friends. Maybe you need an idea for the aunt that has everything. Or maybe your looking for something for your favorite neighbor. Whatever the situation I think the Treats Truck Baking Book by Kim Ima would be a good fit.
Ima is the creator of the Treats Truck; one of the first baking trucks in NYC. She describes her goodies as “fun to eat and fun to bake” which shows in her new book.
The Treats Truck Baking Book includes recipes for old fashioned goodies like peanut butter cookies, caramel brownies and the original rice crispy square. Although the recipes aren’t anything a seasoned baker wouldn’t already know it does provide a fresh look at these yummy classics. And for the novice among us this book makes baking easy; with detailed instructions and lots of tips.
I think The Treats Truck Baking Book would be great for anyone on your Holiday list.
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Peanut Butter Cookies
(adapted from The Treats Truck)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups smooth peanut butter no sugar added
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed roasted peanuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325. Grease a baking sheet. In a small bowl combine the eggs and vanilla and set aside. Place the peanut butter in a large bowl and pour in the egg/vanilla mixture. Stir with a sturdy spoon until combined.Add sugar and salt and mix well.
Scoop the dough with a spoon and roll it into balls with your hands. The size is up to you; depending on the size of the cookie you want. The dough will not spread. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Slightly flatten and top with crushed peanuts if you desire.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until centers look as light and baked as the edges. Cool completely before removing from the pan.