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After School Snack: Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

August 22, 2013

Now that the kids are gearing up to go back to school, it’s time to start thinking Lunch Box and after school snacks. It’s hard to be creative some times and since eating is so important to ensure our kids are learning at school, I always try to make certain my son has stuff in his lunch that he loves. One of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and bacon and since that keeps so well without having to be refrigerated, he gets them at least once a week. Along those same lines, I decided to throw some crispy bacon into my Peanut Butter Cookies recipe to make him some Peanut Butter and Bacon Cookies for his snack after school.

Peanut Butter and Bacon Cookies

Ingredients
2 cups PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 pieces of cooked OSCAR MAYER THICK CUT Bacon

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

MIX PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter, sugar, brown sugar and eggs until combined in a bowl, usually about 2 minutes. Add in baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract. Finally, add in chopped bacon and mix thoroughly.

ROLL dough into small balls about 1 ½ inch. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper roughly 2 inches apart. Gently press down using the tines of a fork making a criss-cross pattern. Dip the fork in sugar to help keep it from sticking to the dough.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly brown. Cool on rack. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

It is important to start an afterschool ritual on day one to ease the hectic back-to-school stresses. Some children are wired to work and will come right home and do homework before getting free time, others will not and need to burn energy. Decide what works best for your child and stick with it. My son prefers a snack and play time when he gets home but then he is “too tired" to do homework, so we know that snack and homework work best first followed by playtime.

For more back to school ideas be sure to visit Life with Lisa.

After School Snack: Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
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