Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

A Blog of Recipes We Love and Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cookies  June 13, 2016

Filed under: Cookies,Dessert,Gluten Free,Grandma D. — lewissisters @ 1:01 am

Hi guys!I could not decide what to make for June’s recipe but with input from my dad we decided I should make Grandma D’s peanut butter cookies.

Grandma’s recipe never disappoints and the cookies are wonderful on their own. But I decided to take the cookies to a new level and added a Hershey kiss on top of half of the cookies when they came out of the oven. It is important to put the kisses on right when the cookies come out of the oven so they will melt into the cookie.

I used a small ice cream scoop and was able to make 22 cookies; I halved the original recipe so if you want more cookies double it. To make the cookies gluten free I used a combination of almond and gluten free flours, the combination works like a charm! The cookies are light and not overly sweet.

I hope you give this yummy recipe a try!

 

Peanut Butter Cookies


 1 and ¼ cups flour (gluten free)

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ cup shortening

½ cup peanut butter

¼ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

Directions

1. Sift flour; add soda, baking powder, and salt. Sift. (No need to sift everything, mixing works great).

2. Cream shortening and peanut butter, gradually adding the sugars. When creamed thoroughly add the egg.

3. Mix the dry ingredients and creamed mixture well.

4. Place the mixing bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour allowing the dough to firm up. Roll the batter in 1 inch balls and place on greased baking sheets.

5. Flatten with a fork dipped in flour making a crisscrossed pattern. (We flattened with a fork and did not use flour). To make a crisscross pattern, flatten the cookie with the fork facing the top of the cookie sheet, then flatten from the left or right side going across the first smash mark.

6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

7. Optional, add a Hershey kiss on top of the cookies when they come out of the oven. Makes 3 and ½ to 4 dozen cookies if you double the recipe.

Enjoy!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016. Jason won gold in Rio 2016, and continues to have great success at other events!

I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters

 

Chocolate Coconut Clusters Gluten Free! March 7, 2016

Filed under: Cookies,Dessert,Gluten Free,Grandma D. — lewissisters @ 5:25 pm

Surprise, we’re back!
I know we do not post regularly, but I had to share a five ingredient recipe that is very special to our family.
Over the weekend I decided to make one of Grandma D’s recipes. Last week, I emailed our cousins Amy, Angie, Niki and Ashley to see if they remembered Grandma making it; they said no, they never knew this recipe existed. They encouraged me to try it and let them know how things went. I was not about to let a month go by before trying the recipe; I had to try it as soon as possible.
Once I ensured the ingredients were measured and ready to go, I enlisted my dad as my assistant. Recently, we remodeled our kitchen and I have not adapted our new cook top so I can use it myself. It was fun having my dad help make the chocolate coconut clusters. He made sure the chocolate mixture was melted and the remaining ingredients were coated in chocolate. Then, he spooned the mixture on the wax paper for me. I knew if I tried to do that it would have taken a long time to complete and the mixture would have ceased to work.
Grandma’s recipe was a success and a hit!
I hope you give it a try!
Chocolate Coconut Clusters

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6 ounces chocolate chips (3/4 cup)
1/3 cup butter
16 large marshmallows
1 cup coconut
2 cups oats

Directions
Line two cookie sheets with wax paper and set aside.
On low heat, using a medium saucepan stir butter and marshmallows until melted; add chocolate and stir until the mixture is combined and the chocolate is completely melted.
Remove the pan from the heat; stir in coconut and oats.
Using two spoons drop the Chocolate Coconut Clusters onto the wax paper.
Put cookie sheets in the fridge so the Chocolate Coconut Clusters can cool and set.

Enjoy!

 

The Five Like Challenge February 12, 2016

Normally, I do not write posts like this; however, I feel like this could be a recipe for your happiness.
Yesterday when my dad and I were driving home, we heard John Legend’s “All of me” which made my dad say: “That’s a great song.” I agreed and added Colbie Caillat’s empowering song “Try”. Both songs have wonderful messages.
As the day continued I began to think about the times I compare myself to others and how it makes me feel, disappointed and the list goes on.
I was still pondering this subject as I went to bed, when an inspired thought came to me. I thought: “When you start comparing yourself to others, you need to stop. Starting tomorrow every morning you should get up and say five things you like about yourself.” I do not know why such a simple concept has never crossed my mind until now. I suppose it is because I have never thought about it for an extended period of time.
This morning, I took The Five like Challenge  and it made me feel happier. I hope everyone who reads our blog will take this challenge and start reminding yourself how wonderful you are and the amazing things you can do.
I hope The Five like Challenge becomes a routine that we fit into our day. I also hope that it brings us more self-confidence and joy.

Good luck! Remember, you are amazing!
The Lewissisters

 

Happy Father’s Day June 22, 2015

To all the men who read our blog, we would like to wish you a happy Father’s Day!
If you are a man reading our blog I would like to commend you. I would also like to remind you how valuable you are to your family, even if you are not a father.
Coming from a family of two girls we had a wonderful example in our father; he was always there for us and showed us what a man should be.
I understand society is trying to make men feel like they do not mean anything to a family; let me assure the men out there, you are a huge influence in a family, especially for your daughters and the young people of the world.
Men, I hope you never forget you can change someone’s life, just by being a good example. If you are a father, you are wonderful, being there for your children; you should be proud of the family you have. If you are not a father, be proud of the man you are. Think about the young people who watch you in your daily life and try to help them better themselves.
The Lord is proud of his sons, the men who dutifully step up and help others, even if they are not biological fathers.
I hope we all stop and thank our fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles, grandfathers and anyone else who has been a father figure in our lives.
Once again, happy Father’s Day guys, especially to our wonderful father. Thank you for being here for us.
The Lewissisters

 

Reflections May 19, 2015

Happy Third anniversary to the blog!
We would like to thank you for reading our blog and making our recipes. We are delighted to post such yummy food for you all.
A lot has happened since we started the blog.
My sister got married and had a baby.
I graduated from college and began serving a Church Service Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May 19th is important to me, not just because of our blog’s birthday but this year marks the one year anniversary of my mission.
I thought I would explain what a mission is, for those who don’t know. A mission for our church is usually 18 months (for girls) or two years (for boys). Girls serve at 19 and boys at 18; you can also serve in your mid 20’s like me.
A regular mission is when you are called to give service to the Lord and those around you; the goal being that you become selfless like Jesus Christ. Missionaries live away from their families while they serve (out of state is usually thee occurrence), they abide by a schedule that includes prayer and scripture study, along with service to the people they live amongst.
A Church Service Mission is a little different. A CSM (Church Service Missionary) has the opportunity to live at home (if they choose). The mission can last for a few months or as long as the CSM wishes. The CSM gives service to the Lord but it can be on a Monday through Friday basis; depending on where they are serving.
From my own experience, serving as a CSM has been a life changing opportunity. I am able to serve the Lord and strengthen my Spirituality every day. I serve with some incredible people who have become dear friends. I have met some incredible blind people internationally; working on a project collecting oral Histories and records from blind Latter-Day Saints.
I know all missionaries feel the same. Serving the Lord is a great honor; this service provides us with life-changing experiences; helping us become better people and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I hope you do not mind my reflections above, but I felt they needed to be shared.
We thank our family for the support as we chart our life courses.
Come back in a few days… Our recipe for May is going to knock your socks off! It is loaded with chocolate and Gluten Free as always.
See you then!
The Lewissisters

 

Happy Mother’s Day! May 11, 2015

To all the women who read our blog,
We want to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day!
If you are a mother like my sister or single like me, today is a day to honor you.
If you are a mother, there is no harder and more rewarding job than rearing children. They make you happy and crazy but through it all you love your children no matter what; always wanting the best for them.
If you are single like me, this is not a day to be sad, but rather look at yourself and be proud of the wonderful woman you see; you are strong and can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
I would like to remind all of us the Lord loves all His children, mothers or not. Ladies, remember to be happy and remember the Lord loves you, even in your most difficult time; the Lord is watching over you.
Special thanks to our amazing mom, we love you.
We hope everyone has a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters