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Friday, May 13, 2011

Chocolatey Peanut Bars


Sometimes I end up baking only because I have the ingredients lying around, and figure "why not?" This was one of those occasions and I ended up making something similar to a chocolatey peanut bar.

I was perusing one of my favorite sites Brown Eyed Baker (wish I had thought of that name) and came across this recipe. Well, I tweaked it and turned it into something a little more of my own. I didn't have exactly everything I needed, but I did have some extra things I felt like throwing in there :)

My results came out a little more chocolatey than her version, and with a little more "fluff." To me they taste something along the lines of Hello Dolly bars, mixed with a peanut butter cookie, and a Mr. Goodbar; with some marshmallow and almond croissant mixed in. Is that enough for you?

Preheat over to 350

Ingredients

Cookie Base:

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tbs crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Topping:

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow Fluff
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 cups honey roasted peanuts
Directions
  • Combine the ingredients for the base in an electric mixer
  • Pat the above mixture firmly into an ungreased 9x13" pan
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Once that is done let it cool and while cooling, start making the topping
  • The topping is pretty simple. Melt everything but the Fluff, peanuts, and peanut butter in a sauce pan until the chocolate chips are completely melted
  • Remove from the heat once melted and stir in the peanuts
  • Spread the above chocolate mix over the cooled base
  • Quickly (you don't want the chocolate chip mixture to harden while you do this ) microwave the Fluff and peanut butter and stir well
  • Swirl it into the chocolate mix you have spread on the cookie base
  • Refrigerate for 45 minutes
Enjoy!



Thursday, May 5, 2011

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies



I did it. I made the Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies! Sure, I feel like a glutton but what a fantastic concept! I just ate a warm and chewy one straight out of the oven and, oh my goodness... they're amaaaazing!

You must must must make these. They take less than an hour of your time and I promise you it's worth it.

Preheat oven to 350

Ingredients
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 package of Double Stuffed Oreos*

*Note: The recipe technically makes about 25 cookies so make sure you get enough Oreos. I made the rookie mistake of using too much dough to wrap the cookie and ended up with only 18 cookies. If you want 25, I suggest using roughly 1 tbs of dough for each side. This will make more sense in the directions :)


Directions
  • Cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a bowl
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well
  • Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda together and add it in rounds to the above butter mixture
  • Add the chocolate chips
  • Scoop about 1 tbs of dough, flatten it a little, and top it with an Oreo. Add another tablespoon of dough to the top of that Oreo and wrap the cookie with the chocolate chip dough. If you use any more than 1 tbs you will end up with HUGE cookies like I did. Which is fine, but I am just giving you a heads up :)
  • Once you have wrapped the Oreos, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes or until golden brown

I have to say, this just makes me wonder what else I can wrap in chocolate chip cookie dough.