I have been doing some more baking this Christmas season than I have in the past couple years. I love it- my mom would always do so much baking this time of year, and it makes me feel close to her when I am trying to recreate her delicious treats. For the most part, I have been pretty successful- until yesterday.
My mom gave me a recipe for her peanut butter squares many years ago. Since then, whenever I have tried to make them, they have not turned out once. I blamed the recipe for a long time- obviously, she must have written it down wrong, right? So when I decided to give these squares another try this year, I got a recipe from my aunt, Judy, who is a master baker. I was confident that this time, they would turn out.
They are basically inedible. They are so dense that I can’t even cut them. I managed to hack off a couple pieces and Mark tried one and almost broke a tooth. I was so frustrated that I almost threw a butcher knife across the room but stopped myself before this turned into even more of a fiasco. I vowed never to make them again, but Mark has convinced me to give it another shot. So I will see if Judy can tell me what I am doing wrong, because I have no idea. I’m no Martha Stewart, but I can follow a recipe, and I can’t understand why I cannot get this to work. Ideally, I would like to be able to produce something that doesn’t requires a hatchet to slice. If I still can’t get it right after getting advice from my aunt, then I will officially give up.
I really hope I can get it right, though, because I am seriously craving these peanut butter squares right now. I am very close to packing the girls into the car and driving up to Pembroke to get some from Judy. And since I will be on my own with the girls for the next several days while Mark is away on his “guys weekend” I could definitely use some treats to help me make it through.