Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Peanut Butter Chewies

One thing that is important to me as I school is making basic things like math and reading relevant.  To this day, in order to remember certain fractions, I picture a cherry pie and decide whether I'd rather have 1/8 of it or 1/9th, etc. as I was taught back in 4th grade.

We're beginning early fractions with Hannah and I found a perfect recipe that includes basic fractions.  For our "lessons," we used different sized measuring cups (e.g., 1/3 or 1/2) and added them together to make a whole. It was great to see Hannah "get it"!

My friend Andrea coincidentally* posted it to Facebook the day before we began fractions.
(*I don't really believe in coincidences, do you?  God loves us and is REAL in our daily lives!!)

Anyways, this recipe is from back at our Triple-R Ranch camp days.  I remember making sheet pan after sheet pan of these things, mixing them in the big Hobart floor mixer, and eating them until my jaws hurt.  They're a wonderful recipe because they take no time at all to prepare, and you "always" have all of the ingredients on hand. 

RRR's Peanut Butter Chewies

1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
4 cups corn flakes*
1/2 cup salted peanuts (optional)
1 tbs. vanilla

(*I had some leftover "Uncle Sam" cereal that I added to the cornflakes, which is why these look dark.)

Stirring frequently, bring sugar and corn syrup to a full rolling boil.  Allow to boil for 1 minute. 

Remove from heat and add peanut butter.  Stir to melt.

Add cornflakes, vanilla and nuts.  Stir gently.

Using a cookie/meatball scoop onto wax paper.  Allow to harden.

Store in fridge or freezer, allow to come to room temperature before eating (unless you have an uncle who is a dentist and provides free services....)

1 comment:

  1. NO WAY! YOU think of pies in your head too??? I thought I was the only one that thought that way---keep up the good work! After 14+ years of schooling my kids, the ONE thing I can say I wish I did was be more consistent with math!! Even my daughter in college tells me the same thing..."Mom, just don't change the math program you are using with the boys (my 2 youngest are still at home!)". To this day my older ones struggle with math---my bad! Enjoy the yummy tasties! I am making gingerbread cookies with my boys this afternoon--Martha Stewart's recipe--the BEST! Secret ingredient---black pepper!!!


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