Chew This – Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you already know, I write a twice monthly column that appears in “The Courier-Times” on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. I LOVE it and it is such a great opportunity for me to share my love of food, recipes, family and memories with all of you! If you live in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy! If you do not – you can subscribe online! Visit for more information or email me at and I would be happy to help you set up an account!

Today’s column is all about taking a classic cookie and giving it a “twist”! My “Chocolate Snickerdoodles” were born out of an idea I had to add chocolate to your traditional Snickerdoodle cookie recipe. After many trials and errors I found the perfect combination of chocolate, texture and familiar “Snickerdoodle” flavor. My taste testers and I found these to be incredible!

Also in today’s column, my “Ask and Answer” feature answers your questions on the “perfect pie crust”! I have some tips and tricks that you will need to read and follow for that “foolproof” pastry!

Chocolate Snickerdoodles




Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge 

In developing this recipe, I wanted a peanut butter fudge that did not include butter or confectioner’s sugar. I did not want it to contain sweetened condensed milk either. I wanted the fudge to be able to be whipped up fast with ingredients that everyone would have in their pantry. After many trials and errors, the recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect! Only four ingredients and less than 15 minutes. How fabulous is that!?

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge

2 cups white granulated sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a large saucepan over medium heat combine the white granulated sugar and whole milk. Stir until it comes to a boil. 

Once boiling, stir continuously and allow to boil for 3 minutes. 

Remove from heat and stir in the smooth peanut butter and pure vanilla extract. 

Pour into a greased and foiled 9×9-inch baking dish. 

Allow to cool at room temperature before cutting and serving. 

Keep covered at room temperature. 



Turkey Tips

Have you ever seen a more perfect turkey!? My tips on turkey baking –

1. Turkey needs to be room temperature before going into the oven.

2. Rinse turkey – pat dry with paper towels.

3. Cover turkey with softened butter. Place butter in cavities, under legs and wings. Place butter underneath skin between skin and breast meat.

4. Season with plenty of kosher salt and black pepper. Inside and outside of turkey. Do not be afraid to season!

5. Cook LOW and SLOW.

6. When turkey is done remove from oven and allow to sit at room temperature for several minutes before slicing and serving.


Chew This – Celebration Party Mix

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Sending love and prayers to ALL that this coming New Year will bring with it health and happiness! Make this year the year of celebrating everything – big or small! Enjoy life and celebrate moments with the ones you love. Celebrate by going out with friends, celebrate by getting together with your family, celebrate by yourself and staying in with your favorite drink and current reading selection, celebrate by making my fabulous “Celebration Party Mix”! Celebrate – life! 

My “Chew This!” column is all about “Celebration Party Mix” and I am so excited to be sharing it with all of you! It is delicious, easy to make and beyond versatile! Add (or subtract) anything you want! Make it to fit your taste buds – and then experiment with different herbs and seasonings. 

My Grandma Barbra and I have been making this for awhile now and the recipe originated from a children’s cookbook that she bought at “Grandparent’s Day” when I was in Elementary School. There is different ways of making “Party Mix” but we neither one had ever run across a method quite like this one. We experimented over the years with different flavor (and texture) combinations and what we finally narrowed it down to, is perfect!

If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – please pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” today – and let me know what you think! You can view this column – as well as all of my other columns – by subscribing to “The Courier-Times” online! Visit for more information – or write to me and I will help you out! Email me at 

My column today also features an “Ask and Answer” feature about my foolproof method in melting chocolate chips. 

Celebration Party Mix