This week was the first one we’ve had of temperatures above 15 degrees EVERY DAY. Sunny, warm, and humid. Nobody super loves incredibly humid weather, but I find myself less and less bothered by it. Maybe that year and a half living in Florida really did affect my tolerance levels. We’ll see. Ask me again in August how I feel about it.

I can’t wait to get planting on the balcony. Last year’s pots are cleaned out, table and chairs are out, and three huge bags of soil sit piled up in waiting. I’d like to try our hand at hot peppers again this year. The chilis were great last season but the habanero plant came down with a serious case of aphids. I actually suspect that the aphids on that particular plant when purchased- were the culprit of our partial balcony-crop fail. I’d say we lost about 30% of our plants nearing the end of the season due to bug infestation. Part of the problem with buying plants in a more advanced stage of growth is just that: they may have issues you can’t see right away, or don’t inspect well enough for. This year I’ll inspect better and pot younger plants in their beginning stages. Also keep a bottle of insecticide handy just in case.


Any balcony crop ideas? Has anyone had particularly good or bad luck with their urban farming? Do share!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies:   yields 1 dozen

1 cup                       smooth peanut butter

1/2 tsp                     vanilla extract

1                               egg

1/2 cup                     sugar or brown sugar

2 TB                         cocoa powder

1 tsp                        soda

1/3 cup                    peanuts, halved or chopped

-Preheat oven to 360 F.

-Put all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and paddle on low to medium speed until the batter comes together in a smooth mass, and comes away from the sides of the bowl.

-Scoop cookie dough into 1+1/2 TB portions, roll into balls gently, and press each one half way down with a fork. Dip the edge of each cookie in some sugar if you feel like it.

-Bake for 12 minutes, then cool on the same tray for five minutes. Move the cookies to a cooling rack after five minutes out of the oven, and continue cooling until room temperature.


Posted by:Ashley

18 replies on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Oh aphids! Those are terrible. Luckily haven’t, yet, had to deal with them but had our share of earwigs last year. I bought ladybugs at the gardening store and put them on the plants one night. Their favorite food is aphids. This year we started our first cool weather garden and currently have all kinds of lettuce, spinach, beets, radishes, carrots and peas growing. Good luck with your gardening!

    1. Hi Paula! Oh, beets!! How are they doing? That’s intriguing! We were talking about peas and/or beans the other day… might go this route as well. How do you find the lettuce plants yield? Do you get enough growth to make full salads?!

      1. Ashley, so far the root vegetables are looking promising, lots of greens on top.
        The lettuces are surprisingly generous with their leaves, even the arugula, and so far (watch me jinx myself) easy to grow.
        The pea plants are growing well too and about to flower. We had 6 inches of snow this weekend and I feared for them, but they all survived and are now in a frenzi. I look forward to reading about your garden this year ☺️

    1. Hi Ruth! Thank you for the tips and blog link, I’m going to go check it out right now! We bought much better soil this year and I will be more prepared with the bug spray this time around. I will be inspecting regularly!

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  3. These are delicious! I left out the peanuts but used the Bulk Barn ‘grind-your-own’ peanut butter, so it has more texture than regular smooth peanut butter, and less sugar. Also melted some peanut butter baking chips and semisweet chocolate chips and drizzled over top. Really good.

    1. Thank you for the feedback Corey! I’m so glad you tried them out! I need to check out the BB peanut butter, I didn’t think to check them out for the grind it yourself stuff! Excellent!!

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