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Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

It’s cold and snowy out and it’s been this way for a while.  So to treat myself and the family I decided to make something very decadent.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs.  The recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa, Foolproof cookbook.

One word: WOW!  The batter itself is very light and bakes like a chocolate souffle cookie.  The add-ins are plentiful and make it rich.  Very rich!  I can only say that if you haven’t made these yet then you should makes plans to do so.  Soon!

Alright, now that I’ve let you know just how great these are let’s talk a bit about making them.  There’s only a couple of steps to making these including melting chocolate in a double-boiler and pre-mixing a couple of sets of ingredients.

Mixed Add-Ins for Peanut Butter Globs

The ingredient list itself isn’t too bad either.  The only thing I needed was peanut butter chips as I don’t typically use them.

It all comes together pretty quickly and before you know it you’re putting globs of this delicious looking batter onto your cookie sheets.

Dough for Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

They go in for 15 minutes exactly and cool on the cookie sheet.  I tried one when it was still pretty warm and it was amazing.  It was all melty chocolate and soft brownie flavor.

Needless to say I’m glad this recipe only makes just under two dozen or so cookies.  I can only overdo it so much.  The rest of the family agrees that these are a keeper.  They’re easy to make and the taste is chocolate deliciousness.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Glob

I would use this recipe as the dessert after a lighter meal.  The richness of the cookie would pair well with a baked chicken dinner with a couple of vegetable based side dishes.  Remember this recipe the next time you want something rich and decadent!

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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Desserts

 

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Christmas Cookies 2013 – The Planning Continues

So, I thought I’d be planning out my Thanksgiving recipes today.  Then I started reading through one of my recent Christmas board pins.  It was linked to a list of “49 Things That Taste Like Christmas” and that was where I found two new cookies for this year’s Christmas Baking list.

Candy Cane stuffed cookies

Candy Canes and Cake Batter, Yum!

One of them is the Candy Cane Cake Batter cookie shown in the pin.  The other is a sandwich style cookie with a brownie like cookie and candy cane butter cream filling.  They both look amazing!

I’m thinking this year may be a bit more heavy on the peppermint flavor.  For a few years it was heavy on the chocolate.  While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with all most of the recipes being heavy on the chocolate, I figured it’s good to change things up.

Chocolate and Peppermint

Chocolate and Candy Canes = Flavor of Christmas

One of my favorite, non-chocolate, Christmas cookie recipes is the Candy Cane Cookie.  It’s not a peppermint flavor though, it’s an almond flavored cookie.  The peppermint comes in to play by way of the candy cane dust sprinkled over the baked cookie.

I’ll be following up on those when I start my holiday baking.  That won’t happen until after Thanksgiving.  Last year’s baking weekend was Black Friday weekend.  That means we focused a lot more on candies, fudge, and trying out new recipes.

So now I have three cookies on my final list.  It’s off to a good start but still nowhere near complete.  While I continue building out the list let’s review some favorites from my 2011 Christmas Baking list.

2011 Christmas Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies, Slice and Bake Peppermint Cookies, Double Ginger Crackles, Lime Nut Buttons, Vanilla Bean Angel Pillows (these include homemade vanilla sugar!), Italian Fig Pockets (everyone loved these), Eggnog Cutouts

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Holidays

 

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Jumbo Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

It’s November 1st and we are less than two months away from Christmas!  I guess that means time to start trying out Christmas cookie recipes.  That’s exactly what I just did and am going to share.

I’ve looked at the Giant Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie recipe in one of my standby magazines a few times now, but it’s a bit rustic for a Christmas cookie.  The flavors lend themselves to something more fall-like.

Cookie recipe

Don’t they look good?

Which is why today is a great day for them.  We’re moving into the holiday season but it’s still very much Fall.  I had everything I needed on hand so I was off and running.  I had the dough mixed up in no time.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie mix

Already looking good…

Yes, those are snowflakes on the handle of the spatula.  Anyway, I did omit the corn syrup (didn’t have that) and subbed the cake flour with regular.  Then it’s time to roll them out.  You can see that they’re already looking pretty big.

Cookie on pan

My pan has seen better days…

I made half of these without the white chocolate and coconut.  The DH requested them that way, so the first batch was for him.  This recipe only made about 16 large cookies.  That’s a good thing for us as it makes it slightly easier to not go overboard. Slightly.

Up next was the loaded batch.

Cookie Dough

White chocolate and toasted coconut were added.

These were really easy to make which is always nice.  The flavor was great!  Very fall-like with the cranberries and nuts.  I’ll keep these in rotation through Thanksgiving.  I could see myself making these the weekend before Thanksgiving when my in-laws are coming over.  We’re going to have a pre-Black Friday shopping day and I have been trying to decide what to make for dinner afterwards.  These will be a good dessert, very seasonal.

Final cookie

These are a mouthful!

Alright, one recipe to try is down!  Now, I’m going to go read through my cookbooks for some more holiday recipes to try.  The in-law dinner is going to be here quick and I want it to be nice, without being too heavy right before a big holiday.

Until next time!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2013 in Desserts

 

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It’s Never Too Early For Christmas Cookie Planning

So, yes, it’s just over a week away from Halloween.  I should be thinking about “slime-filled” cupcakes and “haunted” cookie houses, but I’m not.  I’ll cover those later this week.  Tonight I’m on round one of Christmas Cookie planning.

First things first, I need a little cookie motivation.

Cookies and holiday planner

Cookies and holiday planner…check!

Each year I review my previous year’s lists.  I have some traditional cookies that are almost always in rotation.  I strayed from this a few years ago and will not make that mistake again.  Let’s just say that trying an entirely new cookie recipe list is not a good idea, especially during the holidays.

A few tried and true faves that will potentially be on this years rotation include:  Candy Cane Cookies, Slice and Bake Peppermint Cookies, and Chocolate Pixies.  I can remember my mom making the candy cane cookies when I was a kid.  There’s a lot of nostalgia in the taste of those cookies.  The others were added within the past eight years or so.

Beyond my core list are a lot of possibilities.  I get most of my recipes, inspiration, etc.  from magazines.  Granted, Pinterest is a strong second in that area.  I have the “Best of Fine Cooking – Cookies” edition.  Every cookie or bar I’ve made out of it has been wonderfully delicious!

Cookie magazines

Some of my cookie magazines…

This first round of planning will take a moment.  I tend to write down every cookie/bar/candy that looks good.  After that I’ll start to whittle the list down.  I’ll be adding and then paring down recipes, so in the meantime let’s see a list of what was made last year (well, a lot of what was made).

Christmas Cookies 2012

Candy Cane Cookies, Caramel Thumbprints, Double Ginger Crackles, Peppermint Slice and Bakes (cookie shown in the magazine pic above), Vanilla Bean Angel Pillows, Chocolate Souffle Cookies (really good!), Biscotti – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Sweet Cherry, Cappuccino, and Kolachky – Raspberry and Orange Marmalade.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Desserts

 

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Toffee Apple Cookie

Wow, we’re already halfway through the weekend!  I started my weekend early and had a great time with friends at our alma maters Homecoming!  Tonight I’m back home and it’s kind of cold and rainy.  The perfect night to try a new dessert.

Toffee apple cookies cooling.

I wanted to try something new and have been seeing a lot of caramel apple cookie recipes.  I wasn’t in the mood for something as sweet as caramel but liked the idea of an apple cookie.  So, since I happened to have toffee bits, I decided to adapt them to a toffee apple cookie.

I made a couple of changes to this recipe, Caramel Apple Cookies at Midwest Living.  One of them was to dice the apples rather than shred them.

Diced Apples - Toffee Apple Cookies

Dicing the apples

I also added toffee bits.  I wanted the sweetness along with the candy crunch.  I didn’t do the caramel topping as I didn’t want an overly sweet cookie.  Good thing I didn’t either, because the toffee bits added plenty of sweetness.

Toffe Bits_Toffee Apple Cookie

I’ll keep these in rotation going forward for a nice fall dessert.  I think they’d also be good with some chopped pecans, which I’ll add next time.

Halloween is coming quickly and I have a couple of events that I’ll need to plan for.  So we’re going to be planning and making some Halloween themed desserts plus one savory dish.  I’m pretty excited about them, so get ready for some scary good recipes!

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Desserts

 

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