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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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New Recipes For A Winter Birthday Dinner

We recently had my parent’s over to celebrate my Mom’s birthday.  She had only requested fish, but beyond that I was free to create the menu as I chose.  I knew right away that my main course would be salmon.

For Christmas my husband had given me the newest Barefoot Contessa cookbook, Foolproof.  In it she has a recipe called “hot smoked salmon” which I had tried recently.  It is delicious!  I knew it would be a hit.

Foolproof - Ina Garten

The salmon recipe is just the right balance between sweet and hot.  It calls for both white and brown sugar along with lemon zest and a healthy amount of fresh ground black pepper.  We have a cedar grilling plank, so the salmon was baked on that in the oven.  So good!

To round out the menu I had a traditional vegetable salad with chopped spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers and rice pilaf with sauteed mushrooms made from scratch.  I used a basic Rice Pilaf recipe, then sauteed an 8 oz. package of fresh, sliced baby Bella mushrooms and incorporated it into the Pilaf.  I didn’t go overboard with my side dishes for the dinner because I wanted everyone to have room for this…

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I had pinned this Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte recipe a while ago.  I knew I didn’t want to go with traditional cake and ice cream.  Then, as I was going through my recipe boards I saw this pin and knew it was the right choice.  Plus, my mom is a huge peanut butter and chocolate fan.  Let’s be real though, who isn’t?

I ended up making this dessert the day of the dinner, which means I was putting it in the freezer to set.  Luckily that worked out.  It was close though.  I was putting on the ganache topping only minutes before my parents arrived.  In the freezer it went again and it was perfectly set by the time we finished dinner.

This was one of my more favorite recent menus.   I would make any of these recipes again as they were all fairly easy and turned out wonderfully.  Let’s recap on the final menu.

Winter Birthday Dinner Menu

Dinner: Hot Smoked Salmon, Rice Pilaf With Sauteed Mushrooms, Garden Salad

Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Desserts, Meals

 

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Autumn Birthday Dinner

Last weekend was a family birthday weekend.  I wanted the menu to  focus on the flavors of fall.  I had been reading through my Ina Garten cookbook, “Back to Basics”.  There are quite a few recipes in it that I’ve been wanting to try, especially the side dishes.

Baked Salmon Birthday Dinner

The finished product!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew early on we were having a baked salmon for the main course.  What I needed were the sides.  I went with a pan-roasted root vegetable recipe in the “Back to Basics” book.  It included parsnips, turnips, and celery root; all veggies we hadn’t tried before.  Plus, it had brussel sprouts which are probably my most favorite winter veggie.  I love them!  In addition, I had roasted assorted baby potatoes.  I just spray them with olive oil, add a sprinkling of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and bake till tender.

The star of this meal though, surprisingly, was the Autumn Tossed Salad.  It was awesome!  So awesome that I’ve already made it again this week for dinner.  I found it in one of my past Taste of Home Halloween magazines.  The recipe called for romaine, but I used spinach.  Plus, it had pears, apples, dried cranberries, shredded swiss, and cashews.  I used my own vinaigrette recipe with poppy seeds.

This salad was super simple to make, especially with my Genius Salad Chopper.  This thing rocks!  Everything is easily sliced into bite size pieces.  If you haven’t seen one of these before go check it out.  You will love it.  Kudos to my mother-in-law on this gift!

Genius Food Chopper

Using the Genius to chop the salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the lowdown on the full menu.

Appetizers: Shrimp Puffs (another great recipe), hot crab dip,  and assorted munchies and candies.

Main Meal: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Back to Basics), Autumn Tossed Salad, Roasted Root Vegetables, Roasted Baby Potatoes, and Roasted Salmon.

Dessert: Cake and ice cream

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Meals

 

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