January 2014 archive

Peanut Butter Cup Blossoms

Nutty cookies topped with peanut butter cups. A spin off of traditional peanut butter blossoms, these cookies are made with nut flour adding a nuttier taste and topped with peanut butter and chocolate!

Peanut butter cup blossom cookies |Pixiedustkitchen

On Monday when we made our homemade oat flour, I mentioned some cookies that I made a bit too hastily.  Well folks, here are those cookies! I was excited about these cookies prior to the oat-y addition (I mean, it was supposed to be the recipe of my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies… which are the best. Ever.), but the oat flour made the cookies go from “mommy’s best” to OMG THIS IS INCREDIBLE.

But I digress.

Peanut butter cup blossom cookies |Pixiedustkitchen

We have a chocolate chip cookie base, but with some oat flour. You may certainly leave out the oat flour- use 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour in it’s place- but I’d advise you not to. First of all, because as we learned, it’s incredibly simple to make. Second of all, it just adds a nice oat-y and nutty flavor that cannot be matched.  Just do it. 

Also:

  • The bottoms of your cookies won’t be as dark as mine- because hopefully you’re not baking on a dark cookie sheet in a toaster oven.
  • I made my cookies with about 1 cup of chocolate  chunks. I’m writing the recipe omitting these, because we’re just adding melty chocolate peanut-buttery goodness on top, and the chocolate chunks just don’t form right with the addition of the chocolate chips. If you want to add additional chocolate, I suggest mini chocolate chips.

What are you waiting for?

Peanut butter cup blossom cookies |Pixiedustkitchen

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Peanut Butter Cup Blossoms
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Nutty cookies topped with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. A take on the traditional peanut butter blossom, these cookies are a chocolate chip cookie base, topped with peanut butter!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 and ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cups oat flour
  • Mini Reese's Cups
Instructions
  1. Mix together melted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Let cool before mixing in eggs and vanilla.
  2. Mix in baking soda, salt, all purpose flour, and oat flour.
  3. Let chill for 2-3 hours. (Up to 2 days)
  4. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  5. Scoop out 1 tablespoon size cookies. Bake for 7 minutes, until edges are "set" and slightly brown.
  6. While cookies are baking, unwrap the Reese's cups.
  7. When you pull the cookies out of the oven, gently press a Reese's cup into the top of the cookie. Let cool and firm up on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire wrack to finish cooking.

 

 

DIY: Homemade Oat Flour

Homemade Oat flour: perfect for gluten-free or low-carb baking.

Homemade oat flour: Make your own oat flour at home, with just one ingredient! | Pixiedustkitchen

The other day I was baking some cookies (which will be posted later this week!) and was a bit overzealous. Instead of making sure I had enough ingredients, I just started baking. I got everything together, mixed it all up, added the flour… and realized I was 1/2 cup short.

Rather than running back out to the store, (because seriously, gas is expensive here!) I saw my jar of oats from breakfast that morning and decided to make oat flour! And it couldn’t be simpler.  All you need is oats, (rolled or quick-cooking), and a food processor. I’m sure a blender would work just as well, you’ll just most likely have to blend the oats for longer than with a food processor.

Some quick notes:

  • This is not cup-for-cup, (as far as I know, I did not use it cup for cup. I used 3/4 cup for what would be 1/2 cup of all- purpose flour. I have not tried it exactly cup for cup.) so I would stick to using recipe that have been designed for gluten free flours.
  • This is not automatically gluten free. To make sure that your flour is gluten free, use certified gluten free oats.

So here’s what you do:

Homemade oat flour: Make your own oat flour at home, with just one ingredient! | Pixiedustkitchen

Gather your ingredients… I used store brand, old- fashioned rolled oats.

Homemade oat flour: Make your own oat flour at home, with just one ingredient! | Pixiedustkitchen

Place the oats in the food processor.

Homemade oat flour: Make your own oat flour at home, with just one ingredient! | Pixiedustkitchen

Blend, blend, blend for 2-3 minutes!

Homemade oat flour: Make your own oat flour at home, with just one ingredient! | Pixiedustkitchen

Until you have a fine flour.

I started with two cups of rolled oats, and ended up with 1 and 1/2 cup of flour. I store mine in a mason jar, but any air tight container will work.

Homemade oat flour: Make your own oat flour at home, with just one ingredient! | Pixiedustkitchen

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DIY: Homemade Oat Flour
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Easy homemade oat flour with just one ingredient!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups oats
Instructions
  1. Place oats in bowl of food processor.
  2. Blend for 2-3 minutes, until oats are fine and crumbly, resembling wheat flour.

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Fudgey M&M Brownies

Fudgey brownies filled with M&Ms.  Need I say more?

Fudgy M&M Brownies. Easy brownies filled with M&M's by pixiedustkitchen.com

These brownies were a mistake. They were a very good mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. I originally was trying to make cookies, and adapted from my Candy Corn Cookie Crumble Bars by subbing some of the flour for cocoa powder. Unfortunately, all of my baking science knowledge went out the window and I forgot that the flour:cocoa ratio probably shouldn’t be a 1:1 ratio. (And yet somehow I’m a junior in college. Yikes.)

Anyway, I also probably should have realized when the batter well, looked like brownie batter, that maybe more flour was in order. (Or have used an actual cookie recipe, rather than trying to make up another one.)

Fudgy M&M Brownies. Easy brownies filled with M&M's by pixiedustkitchen.com

But, these brownies are wonderful, mistakes and all. They’re super fudgy, thanks to the lower flour ratio, and have a double dose of chocolate: Cocoa powder, and M&Ms. I used valentines M&Ms to be festive- I also wanted to cut them into heart shapes but did’t have a cookie cutter, but I think that would be so cute for Valentines day- heart shaped brownies with a drizzle of white chocolate.

A few notes before we get started with the recipe: When you taste the batter, (don’t lie and say you don’t!) It will taste a little bitter. That’s okay- they will become sweeter as they bake.

Fudgy M&M Brownies. Easy brownies filled with M&M's by pixiedustkitchen.com

{PS: They’re excellent with a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Cake Batter Ice Cream!}

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Fudgey M&M Brownies
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Serves: 12
 
Easy fudgy brownies from scratch filled with M&Ms.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (1 and ½ sticks) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray an 8x8 inch square pan with nonstick baking spray. (I used a nonstick pan and skipped this step, you may do the same.)
  2. Melt butter in the microwave and mix in brown sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool before mixing in egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Gently mix in baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder.
  4. Mix in M&Ms
  5. Pour dough into prepared pan and sprinkle with a few more M&Ms.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are slightly cracked and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls {No Yeast!}

Easy Cinnamon Rolls made with a shortcut of canned crescent rolls. Simple, 20-minute recipe perfect for Valentines Day! 

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

{Excuse how photo-heavy this post is. I had a lot of fun with the pictures.}

I love cinnamon rolls. In fact, I’d say that they are probably my favorite sweet food- yes, even more than cookies. However, cinnamon rolls take a long time to make, (thank you yeast) and are usually pretty involved, and well, I’m lazy.

But, I finally found a way to make them easy- and they’re mini as well! I love mini foods. They’re so cute, usually easy to make, and you can eat more of them!   With valentines day coming up, and having some leftover cake mix from my red velvet fudge, I decided to make red velvet cinnamon rolls. Who doesn’t want cinnamon rolls filled with one of the best cakes ever?

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

These cinnamon rolls couldn’t be easier.  You’ll start with a tube of crescent rolls- I used Pillsbury. You’ll roll out half of the rolls and pinch the seams together. Then you’ll spread with melted butter and top with half of the cake mix.  Then you’ll repeat with the next four rolls. You may certainly work with all of the dough at once, however I found that the dough naturally divided into four and four, and it’s generally easier to work in smaller amounts.

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

You’ll bake the rolls for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown.  Next, top with a simple glaze that is incredibly forgiving. All you have to remember is one, one, two. One cup powdered sugar, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and two tablespoons milk.  The glaze is incredibly forgiving- if it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Too thin? Add some more milk.  Once the rolls have cooled for a few minutes, drizzle with glaze. Or, if you’re like me, dunk entire roll in glaze. I like a little cinnamon roll with my glaze. (I did that as soon as the camera was off. Light drizzles make for prettier pictures.)

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to soft, warm, and ridiculously easy cinnamon rolls on valentines day? (Or even just next Tuesday!)

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls {No Yeast!}
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8
 
Quick and easy red velvet cinnamon rolls, no yeast needed! Perfect for valentines day.
Ingredients
  • FOR CINNAMON ROLLS:
  • 1 tube of 8 crescent rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons red velvet cake mix
  • FOR VANILLA GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE ROLLS:
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray 16 cups of a mini muffin tin with nonstick baking spray.
  3. Roll out half of the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams together. Spread with half of the melted butter and top with 1 and ½ tablespoons cake mix.
  4. Starting with the longer end, roll up and cut into 8 even rolls, each ½-1 inch thick and place into muffin tin.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough, butter, and cake mix.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  7. TO MAKE GLAZE:
  8. While rolls are cooling, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Immediately spread on rolls.
  9. Serve warm.
Notes
Rolls may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Leftover glaze should be stored in the refrigerator.
Rolls and glaze may both be reheated in the microwave.

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Red Velvet Fudge

No candy thermometers needed for this recipe! With just 4 ingredients and only 10 minutes of work time, you can have red velvet fudge in no time! 

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

It’s crazy how much things can change in a year. This time last year, I was preparing to move to Florida for an internship as part of the Disney College Program, and had started a blog that was supposed to be part Disney life, part food.  That blog went absolutely nowhere, so a few months later I switched from blogspot to wordpress, and totally centered the blog around food.

Life happens, and I had to leave my internship early- so I threw myself into food blogging, and look where I am now. PDK is still a very tiny piece of the internet, but it’s still crazy to think that a year ago, I had no idea how much I would love blogging. I still love Disney despite messy endings, and miss it dearly. But it all shows that life is unexpected, and you never know where it will take you.

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

Another thing I would have never tackled a year ago? Fudge. Even easy fudge, like this- because when I first heard of sweetened condensed milk, I thought it sounded like the most disgusting thing ever. Thick milk? In a can? That is shelf stable? No thank you. I ranked it right up there with mayonnaise on the list of Foods that I Will Never Touch. Then I faced my fear, and made magic bars, and well… I wouldn’t say fell in love exactly, but I am much more open to it now.

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

That’s a good thing, because the SCM is what makes this fudge so incredibly easy! 1 14oz can will make a creamy, smooth fudge without spending time nursing bowling milk or stirring in marshmallow fluff or messing with candy thermometers, or any of that complicated stuff.  We’ll also use both white chocolate chips and candy melts- the candy melts cannot be replaced! Chocolate chips have stabilizers in them to prevent them from losing shape.  By using candy melts, the chocolate chips will melt much easier and not be lumpy.  If you try to use all chocolate chips, the chocolate will seize up and not work.  Using candy melts will also make the fudge easier to cut once it is chilled.

We melt together the sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate, and then mix in some red velvet cake mix. We’ll place it in a 7×11 pan lined with tinfoil and sprayed with baking spray- this will make it easier to remove from the pan. Simply leave some overhang with the foil and lift out before cutting. The fudge will chill four two hours before being ready!

Red Velvet Fudge | PixieDustKitchen

A few more notes before the recipe: Your fudge will be thinner than mine- These photos are of my first trial. I used a combination of white and semi-sweet chocolate, and poured the fudge in a 9×9 pan. I found that the fudge was too thick and tasted like a brownie rather than red velvet.

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Red Velvet Fudge
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Easy red velvet fudge, perfect for valentines day or any other special occasion. Only four ingredients and 10 minutes of work time makes this one of the easiest fudge recipes you'll make!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate candy melts
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 and ½ cup red velvet cake mix
Instructions
  1. line a 7 x 11 pan with tinfoil and spray with non stick baking spray.
  2. Melt together chocolate chips, candy melts, and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium- high heat until smooth.
  3. Mix in cake mix and pour into prepared pan.
  4. Chill four two hours or until firm.

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Homemade Chocolate Biscoff Cronuts

I know we’re less than a week into the New Year, and right now everyone is looking for healthy or skinny recipes. This is neither- I couldn’t help but sneak in one more indulgent recipe. Don’t worry, I have a few healthier recipes coming!

Chocolate Biscoff (Cookie Butter) Cronuts | Pixiedustkitchen.com Only three ingredients needed to make cronuts at home!

I’ve been obsessed with cronuts since I first heard about them a few months ago, and instead of going up to NYC and standing in line for a few hours, I decided to make my own.  (After googling “baltimore cronuts” a few times, of course.) Have you heard of cronuts? It’s essentially a croissant and donut hybrid- and with this easy shortcut, making your own couldn’t be simpler.  All you need is a tube of pre-made croissant, oil, and a few ingredients to dress them up with- in this case, cookie butter and chocolate chips.

Chocolate Biscoff (Cookie Butter) Cronuts | Pixiedustkitchen.com Only three ingredients needed to make cronuts at home!

Before making these, I was scared to death of frying. However, it’s not that hard! Just remember to have your oven fan on and maybe a window or two open- I accidentally set off my smoke alarm 3 cronuts in. Using a heavy bottomed pan, pour in two cups of canola and olive oil, roll up your croissants with biscoff and chocolate chips inside, and fry one side at a time until golden brown.

Easy as easier than pie!

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Homemade Chocolate Biscoff Cronuts
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Ingredients
  • 1 tube of 8 pre-made croissants or crescent rolls (I used pillsbury)
  • 8 teaspoons biscoff or cookie butter
  • chocolate chips
  • 2 cups olive or canola oil
Instructions
  1. Open crescent rolls and separate.
  2. spread one teaspoon of biscoff on rolls and top with chocolate chips. Roll up and pinch ends together. Form into a circle and pinch together. repeat with remaining rolls.
  3. pour oil into a heavy bottomed pot and heat to medium high. Oil will be hot enough when drops of water evaporate on oil.
  4. Place formed crescents in oil and bake for 2-3 minutes; until golden brown. flip and bake for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from oil and cool on paper towel.
  6. dip in sugar or powdered sugar.
  7. serve warm.

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