Star Wars Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Summer!  And happy heat, too, while I'm at it!  Unlike most years, when it either is cold and rainy on the first day of summer or the weather has no appreciable change between the last day of the spring and the first day of the summer, this year, summer came with a vengeance.  It was super beautiful last weekend.  Like my favorite type of summer day ever.   70 something degrees and DRY.  Even HGM had a great time chasing croquet balls around the yard in the wonderful weather.
And then it was like, "BAM.  Summer!"  And it was suddenly 90 plus degrees and HUMID.  Ew.  Mom and I decided to get ice cream to try and beat the heat this afternoon . . . and it kind of became ice cream soup.  Oh well.
And somehow in the midst of all this heat, NES and I made peanut butter cookies.  Which, if you're keeping track, means turning on the oven.  In the heat.  It was kind of crazy.

On a normal day, I would have forgotten the cookies all together.  There was no way I'd want to make cookies in that heat.  But, alas, it was necessary.  Because, see, JB is NES's best friend and best man, and he loves peanut butter cookies.  And JB and RB have a Death Star cookie jar.   And his birthday is soon.  And, NES and I are giving JB Star Wars cookie cutters to go with said Death Star cookie jar.  So, of course we had to make some cookies with them to go with it!  We couldn't NOT do it!  And there just wasn't another option for time.
So, anyway, I found a recipe for peanut butter roll out cookies.
And I may have forgotten to check to see if they needed to be refrigerated before rolling them out.  I always seem to forget this step.  Sigh.  Oh well.  So, instead of being refrigerated for 2 hours, they were frozen for about 20 minutes.  And, the dough even felt ok for rolling . . . until, you know, it started melting in the heat.
It was kind of a mess getting the cookies separated from the excess dough, because it just kind of all melted together.  Oops.  But, I was glad I had read online a hint about rolling the dough out on parchment paper so that the cookies could just be baked right on it.  Otherwise, we would have had bits and pieces of X-Wings, Millennium Falcons and TIE Fighters all over the place.  And that's just not pretty.  Although, I suppose we could have had some sort of epic battle reenactment with them!
But anyway, we did manage to get 1 1/2 -2 dozen before calling it quits.  It was just plain too hot to do any more.  

Oh, and we had a slight mishap with what may end up being a broiler drawer under our oven.  Yeah.  It involved cookie sheets and paper.  It was bad.  But now we know.  I guess this is one of those times when we get to learn from our mistakes.  It all made for a very exciting evening.  

And so we have a container of frozen peanut butter dough in the freezer!  And we got to give them to JB at a fun surprise party.  I'm not going to complain! 


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