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Hi. My name is Sarah, and I'm a late-night baker.

Hi. My name is Sarah, and I'm a late-night baker.

I don't know how it happens, but it does. I bake late at night. All the time. It is 10:45 p.m. and I just finished a batch of cookies. I don't bake to fulfill a late-night sugar craving. I have to attribute my addiction to poor planning. Late-night baking usually occurs because I promised someone I would bring something sweet to an event or gathering - and then forget about it until the night before. Lucky for me I always have baking supplies on hand. I could bake a German chocolate cake right now, if you asked me to do so. 

Tonight I baked cookies to bring to a dinner with friends. Dan requested his favorites - Peanut Butter Kisses. Now, I can't take any credit for this recipe - unlike Grandma K's Carrot Cake (which was delicious). In fact, I think Dan found this recipe on AllRecipes.com, or something like that. But they happen to be the easiest cookies I've ever made.

Peanut Butter Kisses

Ingredients:
1 c white sugar
1 c peanut butter 
1 egg
24 Hershey's Kisses (unwrapped)

Combine sugar, peanut butter, and egg. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. (If dough is too sticky, refrigerate half an hour until easy to handle.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from the oven. Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each warm cookie - enjoy!

Weekend Update: This edition of late-night baking was brought to you courtesy of a family road trip weekend. The football team at Dan's alma mater made it into a bowl game - for the first time ever. So we decided to road trip from the Twin Cities, MN, down to a suburb of Kansas City, MO. We left at 7 p.m. Friday, drove a total of 1,136 miles in 22 hours (10 of which happened today thanks to a blustery snow storm), consumed 8 cups of coffee, and watched our football team lose by a margin to embarrassing to include.

Best part of the weekend? Listening as Dan attempted to teach Noah how to speak with a British accent. Poor kid ended up with a combination of Valley Girl and Scottish accents. It was 47 hours of great family bonding.

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