So what do you do?
Escape to Aruba. Which we will be doing next week. Wooo hoo.
To all you crazy Minnesotans who take summer vacations, and look at me like I have 2 heads for taking a winter vacation: I am right and you are wrong. It is disgusting in the winter, and lovely in the summer. Escape when it is disgusting. Stay when it is lovely. Seems simple to me. Skip the fishing cabin, go to Aruba.
Second, thing to do when it is heart-stopping cold outside? Bake.
Here's an awesome recipe from a website I love. I made them the other day and then sent them immediately out the door to Jeremy's office so we wouldn't eat them. But they are fantastic. They don't make a ton of cookies per batch. Which is a good thing in terms of portion control. But if you want to feed a crowd, double the recipe.
This is my iPhone picture...
Makes about 16 cookies♦ The cookies will not look “done” when you pull them out of the oven, but they will continue to bake on the hot baking sheets out of the oven. If they are slightly brown, the edges look just set and they are puffy in the middle they are ready to come out!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. On medium speed, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in the oats, and then the chocolate chips.
4. Use a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) and drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container at room temperature.