November 2013 archive

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut butter cookies made with five simple ingredients.

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Long time no see! Again… I apologize. I’m working on posting more, I promise!

Remember that children’s book, When You Give A Mouse A Cookie? I loved that book, and one of my first cookbooks was a companion to that- a cookie cookbook for children. My favorite recipe to make from this cookbook was a super easy peanut butter cookie that had only four ingredients: Peanut butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and a splash of vanilla. I had all but forgotten about these cookies until I started seeing versions of them popping up all over the internet. I was then inspired to make them again!

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

But this time, I added CHOCOLATE- peanut butter is great on it’s own, but it’s also wonderful with chocolate. Why do Reese’s s sell so well? A marriage of two wonderful things. These cookies are quick to make, soft and crunchy at the same time, and keep well for a week.  They do seem drier and a bit more crumbly than your average cookie, but in testing this recipe the recipe I’m listing below was the best. The second time I made these cookies, I added a second egg hoping the cookies would turn out softer. While they were softer, they were much chewier and there was something about them that seemed off. My roommate and I agreed that the first batch was much better with only one egg, so that is the recipe I am listing below.

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I added brown sugar, which adds softness as well as a richer flavor, and I added chocolate for flavor! The best part about these cookies is that they are gluten free, so it’s enjoyable for our friends with gluten allergies.  There’s also no dough chilling required- meaning you can have cookies that taste like peanut butter cups in just 15 minutes. What could be better?

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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
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Chocolate peanut butter cookies made in 15 minutes with no flour or butter!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Mix together granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder.
  3. Mix in peanut butter and egg.
  4. Drop in 2 tablespoon size drops onto cookie sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes. Let set on cookies for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

More chocolate!

Healthy Chocolate Cookies

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Chocolate S’more’s Rolled Cookies

Chocolate S'mores Cookies. Soft chocolate cookies filled with chocolate chips, marshmallow bits, and rolled in crushed graham crackers | pixiedustkitchen.com

Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos

Oreo Cookies stuffed with safe-to-eat cookie dough and covered in chocolate and sprinkles. Perfect for cookie swaps and the dessert table at any holiday party.

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Nearly everyone seems to agree that raw cookie dough is oftentimes better than it’s baked counterpart. So I took cookie dough, made it safe to eat, (removed the eggs) and stuffed in an Oreo cookie. But I didn’t stop there. Oh no- I dipped them in chocolate and sprinkles. Better? I think so.

These are so easy to customize for tastes and any season. I used Christmas seasonal Oreos and red sprinkles, but you could use springtime Oreos and pastel sprinkles for easter, normal Oreos and orange and brown sprinkles for Thanksgiving (or leaf shaped sprinkles!), and Halloween Oreos with orange and black sprinkles.

Let’s take a look at how these are made. Melted butter is combined with sugars, vanilla, and salt. We mix in some flour, and add a few tablespoons of milk. I actually used chocolate soymilk, because that was all that I had in my fridge at the time and had just been to the grocery store- I didn’t want to take a second trip out; gas is expensive! The taste wasn’t affected other than being a tad more choclate-y. You can use whatever milk you prefer- soy, almond, cow, goat, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, plain- it’s up to you.  Since the dough isn’t being baked, it doesn’t need any chemical leaveners, and it doesn’t need to chill, making things quicker and easier for you!

Once the dough is made, we’ll seperate each half of the Oreo cookies, twisting gently to ensure the cream stays on just one cookie. Scoop a 1/2 tablespoon size mound of cookiedough onto the cream and top with the non cream cookie. Place in the freezer to make the chocolate easer to dip (This will keep the cookie from falling apart and help the chocolate to stick) Then dip in chocolate and sprinkles!

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Heres the easiest way to dip in chocolate: I used chocolate dipping wafers specifically designed for dipping food in. This makes it so much easier- no tempering chocolate or adding shortening to chocolate chips or figuring out how to make a makeshift double broiler or anything. I used both Ghiridelli and Bakers.  After freezing the cookies, I dipped half of the cookie in, and let it chill. Once it was set, I dipped the other half in, then dipped in sprinkles. This makes the whole process easier and less messy, but does add a good hour onto assembly time.

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Once the cookies have been dipped in chocolate and sprinkles, they’ll chill for an hour to give the chocolate time to set up. They can be served immediately or can be kept up to a week in an airtight container.

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Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos
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Ingredients
  • 1 package of Oreo cookies (about 29)
  • ½ Cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • pinch salt (1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons milk of choice
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • dipping chocolate (1-2 cups)
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Make the cookie dough: mix together butter and sugars. Add flour and salt and stir to combine. Add milk and mix until fully combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat, parchment paper, or wax paper.
  3. Carefully separate Oreo cookies by twisting cookies and pulling them apart. scoop ½ tablespoon size mounds onto "cream half" of cookies and top with "plain" half, pressing down gently. Set on prepared cookie sheet and freeze for an hour.
  4. Melt chocolate according to package directions.
  5. Dip cookies in chocolate and sprinkles and let sit for an hour or until chocolate is firm to the touch.
  6. store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Other recipes using our favorite snacks and candy:

M&M’s Snack Mix Crispy Treats

M&M's Snack Mix Crispy Treats. 4 Ingredients and no-bake!

Homemade Dole Whip (Walt Disney World Copycat)

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Tips for Happy Holidays

To my lovely readers, family, and friends, I’m not bringing you a recipe today. With the holiday season getting into full swing, I thought that I would get vulnerable with you all and share my thoughts about holiday baking and body image. I’ll be back with yummy recipes on Friday. 🙂

Let’s sit down for a moment and have a capitol-“s” Serious Talk. I’m a psychology major and it’s research paper writing season here at my University. My specific area of interest is Eating Disorders and body image, and I’m currently writing two papers on that very subject. It was inevitable to make an appearance on this blog- I just didn’t think it would be this soon.

It’s officially the “Holiday Season,” and with that comes food, and lot’s of it. As a food blogger, I eat lots and lots of food and spend most of my time away from school baking. Let’s face it, I’ve been doing that since senior year of high school- baking constantly and bringing the food into school for my peers. But we live in a society that is constantly bombarding us with what we should look like. I love this quote from Tina Fey’s book “Bossypants” summarizing what women are supposed to look like:

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”

Seems accurate, right? Look to the side. How many of you are seeing that “one simple trick to cut down on belly fat” that’s accompanied by a gif of a woman pinching her shrinking stomach? Keep an eye out at the grocery store next time you’re there for magazine titles. A fun game is counting how many “Skinny Christmas” articles and “14 Simple Tricks to Not Pig Out at Thanksgiving.” Or even look around at how many food blogs are posting “skinny” recipes for pumpkin pie, stuffing, cookies, etc.

When did it get this way? I’m only 20 years old, and I still remember the days before you could actually watch TV without seeing any diet commercials or health food ads. Why are women shamed because they want a donut, and women who slam the door on a adorable little girl selling donuts are celebrated. I mean, if you want the donut that bad you have to make a public spectacle of drinking your diet shake, your life must be terrible. Just treat yourself once in a while and have the damn donut.

In high school I had severe body image issues. I remember thanksgiving senior year, I chugged a cup of coffee hoping it would be a natural laxative, and sitting in the bathroom crying when it didn’t work. Now, there is a genetic component to disordered eating- that’s one of my biggest areas of interest. (Barbie dolls and diet culture are not the sole cause of eating disorders. Correlation does not equal causation.) But there is also a definite link to culture and the media. High school was a constant stream of Special K Diet and Sensa commercials- what was I supposed to think? Nevermind I could pull off my skinny jeans without unbuttoning them and weighed less than 100lbs when I graduated high school, (THIS IS NOT SOMETHING TO STRIVE FOR. DO NOT AIM FOR THIS. IT IS NOT HEALTHY.) I wasn’t eating healthy and so that couldn’t be right, could it?

It’s taken years to get over that. Hell, I still struggle with that. And I know that there are so so so many women who are struggling with that. Moms, your belly fat and stretch marks are not bad. They are awesome, badass battle scars- you carried a living creature around for almost 10 months, then pushed a living human out of your body who proceeded to scream bloody murder. You’re a freaking superhero!  Ladies, your legs carry you everywhere. They support the entire weight of your body- let’s have an appreciate for those pillars of power and NOT want to shrink them so they don’t touch.

This holiday season, let’s make a pact. We will EAT what we want, WHENEVER we want, and NOT feel guilty. We WON’T deprive ourselves on November 1st, November 28th, and December 25th. The next day eat quina and kale chips and chug green tea as much as your heart desires- but celebrate the days. Eat that second helping of stuffing, and enjoy it!  (This is not to say to pig out and stuff yourself until you can’t move- that’s not healthy, and remember everything in moderation. But don’t deprive yourself from the awesome food that comes with the holidays either!)

So here’s my tips for the Holiday Food: Eat it. Eat it all. Tis the season for pumpkin and cranberries and peppermint and ENJOY IT. Don’t deprive yourself of delicious cookies, mashed potatoes, and stuffing in the name of “healthy” and “skinny” eating.

Thank you so much for bearing with me as I rant about holiday dieting and guilting others from enjoying what they want. I’ll be back with a recipe on Friday. 

Some more posts about skinny eating and diet culture: 

Rethinking Skinny by Eat Your Heart Out

Can We All Agree To Stop Using The Word Skinny? By Bakeaholic Mama

“Brain Power” Granola

Brain Power Granola - Easy granola filled with snacks that are good for your brain! | Pixiedustkitchen.com

Have any of you heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month? If you haven’t, it’s basically an event where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. The point is to get you to write, and not worry about editing or going back and changing things. You write the novel, get it done, then go back and edit.

My roommate Lily and our friend Courtney are participating this month- they’re both English Writing majors and are both VERY excited. (They’ve been planning since the beginning of October!) As someone who has tried (and failed) a few times at NaNo, I know how stressful it can be. So I decided to be a supportive friend and make them “NaNoWriMo Survival Kits” full of K-cups, raisins, cookies, and homemade granola!

Brain Power Granola - Easy granola filled with snacks that are good for your brain! | Pixiedustkitchen.com

Now, I’ve never even had store-bought granola before, so I wouldn’t even know where to start for homemade granola beyond using oats. So I used a base recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and adapted it to suit my needs. Since these girls are going to be writing nearly 2,000 words a day in addition to preparing for finals and writing papers (writers are CRAZY I tell you!), they’re going to need granola that can help power their brains! I also adapted the recipe to suit my baking needs- I forgot to buy oil, so I doubled the honey. Almonds were a bit pricy, so I threw in some peanuts thatI already had on my shelf.  I added pumpkin seeds, which are great for stimulating your brain, and I mixed in blueberry infused craisins instead of raisins. I also added some apple pie spice, which includes cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can read about more foods good for your brain here and here.

This can be gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats, and agave can be substituted for the honey to make the granola vegan. (as well as using all dry roasted peanuts rather than part honey-roasted.)

This is perfect to make if you plan writing a novel this month, or for your friends or kids who are gearing up for the end of the semester (one month left! Where did the time go…?). Or just for yourself to snack on- with all these sweets around here, we need something to balance everything out!

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"Brain Power" Granola
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Simple granola that is jam-packed with healthier options that are good for your brain! (Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a dietician. I have simply researched foods that are good for your brain and for your body. Sources are provided in the post.)
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup honey roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon/sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 small-medium apple, diced
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup craisins (not pictured)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanuts, quinoa, apple pie spice, and cinnamon sugar. Mix in diced apple.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together honey, applesauce, vanilla extract, and sugar.
  4. Pour over dry ingredients and mix together gently until everything is moistened.
  5. Pour over two baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning and to make sure everything is toasting evenly.
  6. Once baked, let granola cool on baking sheets for 20 minutes- this is what makes it crunchy! Mix in craisins.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Some more Homemade goodies and Healthy Choices….

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Luna Bars

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Homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter

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Homemade Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter

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Homemade Almond Butter

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Fall Recipe Round Up

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for baking for a number of reasons- pumpkin spice overload, apple overload, and candy. Yes please, give me some more!

Even in the “off-season,” I manage to make food full of apples and cinnamon. Below are just a few of my favorites!

1. Easy Apple Bread: A family recipe my mom has been making for years, with rave reviews every the time!

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2. Pumpkin Spice Cookies: Cake- like cookies with pumpkin and a hint of warm spices.

Pumpkin Spice cookies | PixieDustKitchen

3. Biscoff Apple Gallete– a rustic pie (simple to make!) spread with cookie butter or Biscoff and covered in apples.

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4. Caramel Apple Milky Way Cookies- Cookies with apple spice and caramel apple cookies. (tip: try browning the butter when you make these cookies!)

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cookies. Chocolate Chip Cookies with caramel apple milky ways mixed in!

5. Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread– Easy bread filled with an apple, butter, and cinnamon filling.

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6. Butterscotch Cookie Biscuits– Scottish cookie recipe 5 ingredients resulting in crunchy cookies!

Butterscotch Biscuits

7. Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars– A 30- minute recipe with soft cookies, candy corn, and white chocolate.

Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars | Pixiedustkitchen

8. Apple Spice Muffins– Apple muffins with a hint of warm spices.

Apple Spice Muffins | Pixiedustkitchen.com Warm, apple-filled muffins full of fall flavor!

9. 2-  Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Crescent Rolls– easy crescent rolls made with pillsbury dough and pumpkin pie filling.

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Crescent Rolls. Buttery crescent rolls with a pumpkin spice filling. Made easy with the use of 2 simple shortcuts! |PixieDustKitchen.com

10. White Hot Chocolate for Two– This is more of a winter recipe, but is a great drink to curl up with as the days start getting colder while still enjoying lighter tastes of warmer weather!

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