Well-made: Best cookies ever (PB&J shortbread)

I don’t normally do this (share recipes), but these are just too amazing to keep to myself (like how you always want to tell EVERYONE any sort of good news).

PB&J shortbread, delicious like my childhood 🙂

Jessica’s PB&J Shortbread:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar (I like organic raw cane sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (I like organic creamy peanut butter)
  • 2 cups flour (I like whole wheat pastry flour — I’m sure regular flour works too)
  • 1/2 cup jam (I like blackberry jam)
  • cookie cutters (I like heart shaped — always)

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Make sure butter is softened (not a melty puddle). Cream softened butter and sugar in a bowl. Add peanut butter and mix together. Then add flour, one cup at a time, folding it into the mixture. Once you have dough, roll it out and make shapes using your cookie cutters. Put the cookies on a nonstick baking pan. In the middle of each cookie, make a small indentation with your finger. Place a little bit of jam (I would say about 1/4 teaspoon) into the indentation. Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees. When you take your cookies out, they’ll be soft, so let them sit in the cookie sheet for a couple minutes to firm up before you move it to a wire rack to fully cool. And you’re done. Now you can relive your childhood memories for dessert. You’re welcome.

If you don’t like jam, these cookies go well with chocolate or just by themselves. They also go well with a cold glass of milk followed by a game of tag.

The obvious: spam, irrationally irritation, UGG boots, Wake up with Jess

I’ve been getting a ton of spam DMs on Twitter, and it’s annoying when everyone’s like, “my account got hacked!!1!!111!!!!”

No, it’s not that “oh, poor me, my account was viciously sought out by hackers and I’m totally the victim.” Actually, it’s “I was dumb enough to click a very convincing link I was not expecting and now I am reaping the consequences and placing the blame on everyone except myself.”

You know the site My Mom is a FOB (and the counterpart My Dad is a FOB)? It’s like my mom wrote the entire blog, but not the funny ones. Sometimes I just get so irritated by her. One of my friends from high school told me that I always get irritated easily. And I was like, “some things never change.” But really, you can’t control what people say/do, you can only control how you react to what they say/do. So if my mom keeps saying outrageous stuff, I can a) get offended by it and start an argument b) do nothing, let it slide off and choose to not be offended by it c) write it all down and eventually make it into sitcom (much like Shit My Dad Says) OR d) b and c. Short story: I’m learning that it’s your choice to be offended by something.

Like UGGs, which I choose to not longer offend me. I see why they’re named “UGG” because ugg[h], I just bought these:

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UGG Sundance II, via Nordstrom

They’re $243.00 of sheepskin, toasty goodness, but I could only wear them with jeans (no way I am wearing them with a skirt, not how I roll) or if my personal style was boho-chic (which it is not).

I used to be a hater, but my feet and best friend convinced me otherwise. “You’ll never want to take them off your feet again,” she said. But I’m still torn on them. Somehow I still manage to have warm, yet cold feet.

In good news, as much as my interim job annoys me, the best part about working at a smoothie place is making up your own! I recently invented this delicious smoothie, which will take over the smoothie world.

I call it the Wake up with Jess smoothie:

  • 1/8 cup turbinado (raw cane sugar)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/8 cup yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups ice

It’s sweet, nutritious, wholesome and good for you (and your self-esteem). Come in sometime in the morning and I’ll make you a 24oz of goodness for $4.64.