This Isn’t About Cats.

Let’s pretend you don’t like cats. You’ve never had a bad cat experience per se, but you haven’t really had a great one either.  Admittedly, you’ve never owned a cat, but your aunt has had a few over the years. That counts, right? It’s nothing major, but you’re just not really a ‘cat person.’

It turns out there is actually a test regarding your feelings (or should I say your ‘felines?’) on cats. Luckily for you, it’s multiple choice. What a relief given that you didn’t know there would be any sort of exam and are almost certainly feeling wildly unprepared in this moment. After all, you thought you were just reading a food blog. Don’t fret. The test has just one simple question and two possible answers:

        How do you feel about cats? 
                a) I LOVE CATS MORE THAN ANYTHING. GIVE ME 30. 
                b) I WISH ALL CATS WOULD DIE SIMULTANEOUSLY. 

Which do you choose?

If you select answer A, you come across as some sort of insanely crazed cat person when in actuality your allergies flair when you get too close for comfort.
But B is too harsh. Not being a mega-cat fan and wanting them to be wiped off the planet are two very different things. Plus, you really enjoy grumpy cat memes. Not all cats are bad.

As you may have guessed by now, this isn’t a story about kittens, or cats, or felines of any variety. I’m sorry if you were really hoping that the end of this post would be marked by a whole slew of cute cat pics. It’s not happening. Please accept my apologies.

I guess what I’m trying to say in the most obscure of ways is that so often in life we are asked to pick a side. A or B? 1 or 2? This one or that one?

 What’s your favorite color?
               I DON’T HAVE ONE. OKAY? IT’S DEFINITELY NOT YELLOW THOUGH.
How do you feel about legalizing marijuana?
                I THINK I SEE VALID POINTS ON BOTH SIDES. OKAY?
Do you think men should wear track shorts if they aren’t professional runners?
IT’S A LOT OF LEG SOMETIMES. OKAY?

I’m dedicating this post to all of those who live in the indecisive grey-zone. It’s taken me a long time (thirty years to be honest) to realize that being in the middle is fine. It’s even more than fine. It’s perfect. There is nothing wrong with hearing both sides of an argument… and deciding that that you like both sides, hate both sides, or at least can sorta/kinda/maybe understand both sides on some level.

Cheers to those of us who aren’t afraid to stand in the middle sometimes.

Meow.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
Source: Smitten Kitchen
Printable Recipe 

For the cookie:
1/2C unsalted butter
1/2C sugar (+ 1/4C more for coating)
1/2C brown sugar
1/4C creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3C flour
2/3C cocoa powder (dutch-process if you can find it)
2tsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
For the filling:
2/3C creamy peanut butter
2/3C powdered sugar
large pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt.
Once the mixture has come together, take heaped teaspoonfuls of mixture and roll into a ball.
Place on a small tray, and place in the freezer while you make the cookie dough.
Beat butter, sugar, and peanut butter.
Add in egg and vanilla.
Sift together salt, baking powder, cocoa, and flour together.
Combine dry and wet ingredients until combined.
Scoop approximately 2T of dough and roll into a ball.
Flatten into a disc and place a peanut butter ball into the center. Wrap dough around and roll in granulated sugar.
Place on to the baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
Repeat with all of the dough.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. They are going to look undercooked.
Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack.
Enjoy!

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