If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen a picture of me holding a picture of a cookie THE SIZE OF MY FACE. This is that cookie, and I think you will all be as excited as I am. It’s my basic chocolate cookie base, stuffed with chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips.
I mean, it’s a cookie that is the size of my face. Who doesn’t want that? Not only that, it’s filled with chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips. Um, hello, heaven in a slice.
Sooooo it’s finals week here and my brain is absoulutely fried with four tests, three papers, and a quiz. (I have a quiz and a final FOR THE SAME CLASS ON THE SAME DAY. Dr. Turner, I love you, but WHY.) So I’m just going to leave you with some more pictures, the recipe, and get back to studying and writing. Next week when finals are over (AND I’M A COLLEGE SENIOR WHAT THE HECK), I’ll have some more detailed posts and many more recipes.
These easy, three-ingredient treats are a hybrid of candy and no-bake cookies and are perfect for Easter!
I’ve been really bad at posting lately. I’m sorry, but school is more important and I was working almost 20 hours a week during March. Baking and blogging got pushed to the bottom of my to-do list in lieu of writing papers, eating, and sleeping.
I’m back though, and just in time for Easter! These treats have been on my mind for a long time, and I was so excited to make them and post them! I wanted to make no-bake cookies, but I wanted to make them super- duper easy. Instead of melting together butter, cocoa powder, and sugar, I simply melted together chocolate chips and peanut butter, and stirred in some quick-cooking oats.
When I was in eighth grade, I loved melted together chocolate chips and peanut butter, letting it cool, and calling it candy. These “cookies” are a hybrid of classic no-bake cookies and my easy candy-making ways of middle school- and I”m in love. I literally ate these for breakfast yesterday. (Oats and peanut butter… they’re healthy right?)
I topped them with Reese’s mini eggs to make them look like little birds nests- perfect for Easter! You can also use mini cadbury eggs, or any other egg-shaped candy. Or you can just top with chocolate are peanut butter chips for the rest of the year! These are so easy, they are perfect for the kiddos to help out with if they want to get involved in the kitchen.
First things first- sorry for that unintentional hiatus I took there! I try to post at least once or twice a week, but sometimes life and school happen and I have to take a break. But, I’m back and bringing you cookies!
The other day I was in Walmart and found coffee extract hidden in the baking supplies. Naturally, I had to buy it because I have no self restraint when it comes to things like that. I grabbed a bag of chocolate chunks and decided to make cookies! I took my standby chocolate cookie recipe and simply swapped the vanilla extract for coffee extract.
This is the brand I used. I also saw McCormick’s brand, but I don’t know if the taste will be any different using a different brand.
I also changed up the sugar ratio. Normally I use 3/4 cup of brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. However, on this day, I was running low on brow sugar and had just bought a new bag of granulated sugar, so I simply switched up the measurements.
Now, I have to say, the coffee flavor is not very strong in this. My roommate and I didn’t taste it at all, and friends I asked to taste-test said they could barely taste the coffee. Only one person I know said she could taste the coffee, and at this point they were over a week old. You can definitely smell the coffee though- and it is absolutely wonderful.
Chocolate Cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream, topped with a pretzel.
My grandparents gave me the Cooks Illustrated Baking Book for Christmas, and this is the first recipe I made from it- and it’s a winner. (Of course it is, it’s America’s Test Kitchen!) However, being me and a food blogger, I couldn’t just let the recipe be as is- I had to change it up a bit! The original recipe calls for the butter and sugars to be creamed together. Well, I’m a bit lazy and didn’t want to drag out the stand mixer, and I knew I would need to make the frosting as well, so no stand mixer it was. I melted the butter on the stove and stirred in the chocolate and sugar.
I then mixed together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt), mixed in the wet ingredients (sugar, butter, and cocoa alternated with a mixture of milk and vanilla), added eggs, and bam! 2 bowls and a measuring cup, 7 minutes, and we have a cupcake batter, which is baked for 20 minutes. It’s just as easy as a cake mix!
The buttercream is the same frosting used for my death by peanut butter cookies, and is just as easy to make! I wanted to make some chocolate covered pretzels for the cupcakes, but again… got lazy and didn’t want to walk to the store to get melting chocolate, so I just stuck on plain pretzels. They’re just as good!
Taste breakdown: The cupcakes are soft, fluffy, and moist- no dense or dry cupcakes here! The frosting is sweet, but not too sweet. The trick is to use salted butter, add a dash of salt, and to use just enough confectioners sugar to add body, but not too much to make the frosting too sweet.
The recipe is originally for a two layer chocolate cake, and will make around 17 cupcakes.
Make these for your NYE party, or blaze ahead into the new year enjoying cupcakes and sweets! (All in moderation, of course.)
Chocolate Peanut butter cookies made with five simple ingredients.
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!
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.
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?
Cookie Pie with a Buttery brownie filling and chocolate chip cookies.
First of all… excuse the terrible pictures, and the Disney princess plate. I kind of sort of maybe left my ONLY food prop plate at Brian’s house, and didn’t get it until a few days ago- long after this pie had disappeared into our tummies. Improvisation, college style.
Back to the pie. I had some cookies to use up, so I decided to stick them in a pie and pour brownie batter over them. The filling is made of chocolate, butter, sugar, and an egg. No flour, so if you use a gluten free pie crust and cookies, this can easily be made gluten free.
The filling is rich and buttery, and tastes like a super fudgy brownie, thanks to the lack of flour. Plus, with a premade crust and cookies, this pie is super easy to make! It will serve quite a few people- with how rich it is, only small slices are needed. 40 minutes, and you’re done. The perfect, quick dessert for the chocoholic in your life!
Thick, soft-baked chocolate cookies with crushed Oreos mixed in.
I’ve done death by peanut butter, now time for death by chocolate. Soft baked chocolate cookies, stuffed with crushed Oreo cookies- nothing better! I took my chocolate cookie base that I used for my Nutella stuffed Chocolate cookies and adapted it- using browned butter, and adding more cornstarch to create soft, chewy, thick, brownie- like cookies.
The browned butter adds a hint of nuttiness that you can’t quite put your finger on, and because it’s melted you don’t have to drag out your mixer, and adds chewiness to the cookie. The cornstarch keeps the cookies nice and thick- just how I like them!
I was feeling lazy, so I browned the butter. Using a melted butter means no dragging out a heavy stand mixer, and I had a friend visiting and she wanted to know how to brown butter. Browning butter is super easy- simply melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it is completely melted, start stirring or whisking. It will bubble and foam, and brown specks will begin to appear. Remove from the heat so the butter won’t burn.
We’ll mix it into our sugars maglie calcio poco prezzo and let it sit; this will give the butter time to cool, and this also melts the sugar a bit and creates a caramel/toffee flavor. Then we mix in our eggs and dry ingredients. These are so easy- the hardest part is waiting for the dough to chill!
After the dough chills, we scoop them in 2 tablespoon size scoops, roll them into balls, and roll the balls in crushed Oreos. I used a 2 tablespoon size cookie scoop, but if you don’t have that, use a measuring spoon. Bake for 7-8 minutes (or until edges are “set up”)but not longer. They’ll look underdone when you pull them out, but they’ll finish baking as they cool. They’ll be puffy when you pull them out- gently press down with the back of a spoon, and press some more Oreo crumbs on top.
These are the best, thickest, chocolate cookies I’ve ever made, and I am in love. You will be too, after just one bite!
1 and ½ C crushed oreos. (about 1 bag mini oreos or 12-14 full size oreos.
Brown your butter: Melt butter over medium heat. It will foam, bubble, and foam again. Once brown specks appear, remove from heat. Mix sugars together in a medium bowl and mix in browned butter. Let sit for a few minutes. Mix in vanilla extract and eggs.
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Slowly mix into wet ingredients. Mix in milk. Let chill for 1-2 hours and up to 24.
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Scoop 2 tablespoon size scoops of cookie dough. Roll into balls and roll in crushed Oreo Cookies. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until edges are done and slightly cracked. Press gently with spoon to "deflate" and press more Oreos on top. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire wrack to cool.
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
So I like, really love AverieCooks. I mean, how can you not? Averie just wrote a cookbook, and it is entirely, 100% about peanut butter. THAT’S TOTALLY RAD, Y’ALL. I just ordered it and I’m super duper excited to get it. I would have ordered it earlier, but $300+ dental bills kind of ate all my money this summer.
What I’m trying to say is that Averie really likes peanut butter, and makes about 1,000,000 different types, like cinnamon white chocolate, mocha, trail mix, cookie butter, and 27 others in her cookbook and blog. That’s what inspired me to make this Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter. I love flavored peanut butter, and decided to come up with a new flavor to try. This is wonderful on muffins or other sweet breads.
Mexican Chocolate is often defined as having cinnamon, vanilla, and almonds mixed in, so I added Cinnamon, Vanilla extract, and almond extract. Almond extract can be found in the Ray Ban outlet baking aisle of grocery stores, right next to the vanilla extract. You can also find it at most craft supply store in the cake decorating section. If you don’t have almond extract, that’s okay. Just add a touch more vanilla or omit it entirely.
The best part of this is that it’s totally customizable to taste. Want some more spice? Add more cinnamon. Not chocolately enough? Add another 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. And for those of you with peanut allergies, you can make this with almonds! You may want to add some neutral tasting oil though, as almonds are naturally dryer nuts.
Homemade nut butters are a wonderful blank palate for different combinations of flavor and a easy, perfect, way to start getting creative in your kitchen.
Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter
16 oz peanuts (or nut of choice)
1/2 C chocolate chips
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
Place nuts in canister of food processer and blend until a smooth liquid. Add Chocolate chips and blend until combined. Add vanilla, cinnamon, and almond extract.
Pour into an airtight container. Peanut butter will stay as a liquid when stored at room temperature and solidify when refrigerated.
I know, I know. I just did this last week. But I have a jar of Nutella begging to be used and stuffing it in cookies just seems to be the logical option. (Besides eating it with a spoon, of course!)
But stuffing Nutella in a cookie IS much more fun than eating it with a spoon- you get double the chocolate! This past week was VBS at my church and after spending a week wrangling 13 4-6 year olds, I think I deserve a treat. And I think you all deserve a treat as well! Let’s celebrate life, shall we? L’Chaim!
This is your basic chocolate cookie recipe, full of Moncler outlet butter and sugar. No sneaky healthy swaps this time. They pass my chocolate cookie test- crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and don’t turn into crumbly bricks on subsequent days. They’re almost like brownies!
And then there’s the Nutella. Oh, the Nutella. It melts into the cookie as it bakes, adding more moisture and enhancing the chocolate flavor. It will firm up after it cools, but some of it will remain melted into the cookie. It’s just some kind of wonderful.
Of course, like most cookies on my website, chilling the dough is MANDATORY, because of how sticky the dough is. It’s only an hour and a half of dough chilling though- not too much. If you don’t line you’re cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper, or a silicone baking mat, you will need to chill your dough a little longer. I decided to do a little cookie baking experiment when baking these cookies and cooked some on a silicone baking mat, some on a wax paper lined baking sheet, and some on a plain, unlined baking sheet to see which ones would bake up thicker. The verdict? There was almost no difference. Granted, I did chill the dough longer for the latter two options, but my conclusion is that there isn’t much of a difference, and if you’re not lining your baking sheet, chill your dough longer.
Stuffing the cookies is easy, much easier than my salted caramel stuffed cookies. Scoop out 1/2 Tbs of dough, roll it into a ball, poke a hole in the middle, and stuff. Scoop out another 1/2 tbs of dough (I just used my measuring spoon) and place on top, and roll into a ball. Hardly any extra steps than just baking plain cookies.
My taste testers loved it- Brian at it in about three bites, and my parents eat 1-2 every day. I’m guessing I’ll have to make a second batch this weekend!
Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
1 C Butter, Room temperature
1 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Egg + 1 egg yolk
2 C flour
3/4 C chocolate powder
1/2 tsp salt (may increase if not using salted butter)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbs milk
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Cream butter, sugars, and vanilla together on medium speed. Mix in egg and egg yolk.
In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Slowly mix into wet ingredients. Cover and chill for at least 1.5 hours.
Scoop out 1/2 tbs mounds of cookies and poke a hole in the center. Fill with 1/4 tsp of Nutella. Cover with another 1/2 tsp mound of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until cookies are beginning to crinkle. Let cool on cookie sheet before transferring to wire cooling rack.
I used to think that there was nothing better than the combination of Peanut Butter and Chocolate.
I was wrong.
Adding caramel enhances that flavor and makes it so much better.
If you’ve spent any amount of time around food blogs, I’m sure you’ve heard of the “easy ice cream” method. 2 cups of whipped cream + a can of sweetened condensed milk and you’ve got yourself the easiest, creamiest, ice cream ever that’s better than storebought. I’m kind of obsessed. It’s smoother and creamier than your traditional ice cream, but I like it so much more. I gave Brian some and after one spoonful he said couldn’t believe that I actually made it.
Helping us out today is Breyers new ice cream toppings. Breyers just released a new line of ice cream toppings and they come in these cute little pouches… which may or may not of been why I bought them… I spend a lot of time walking around grocery Moncler outlet stores trying to find new recipe ideas. (And no, I wasn’t paid for this. I just want you to know exactly what I used.) Instead of pouring hot fudge, caramel, and peanut butter on top, I swirled them into my ice cream.
Best idea ever.
With how easy this ice cream is, you’re never going to want to buy a carton of store bought again.