Triple Threat Peanut Butter Cookies

I know, I know; I said I was going to try to get away from sharing so many cookie recipes. I really had the best of intentions; and to be honest, I really wasn’t planning on sharing these cookies at all.

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But when the first batch came out of the oven, and they revealed themselves to not only be lovely looking, but to also taste amazing, I knew I had to share.

This recipe is actually adapted from the Soft-Baked Reese’s Pieces Butterscotch Cookies found over at Sally’s Baking Addiction. I highly recommend you take a day or two and browse her recipes; I’ve yet to find one that I didn’t drool over.

Now, there is a caveat to this recipe – it has to be chilled for at least two hours. The reason is because melted butter is used in the recipe (I know, I’ve never used melted butter before because it generally causes cookies to spread really thin) so chilling the dough keeps the cookies firm and prevents super spread.

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In the original recipe, it was advised that the dough would be crumbly, but I didn’t have that issue; and that is probably because I added peanut butter into the batter.

And that, my lovelies, is why these are Triple Threat Peanut Butter Cookies, with a recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

In my version, I added in 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter; 1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips; 1/2 cup peanut butter chips and a whole lotta Reese’s Pieces! So you see- peanut butter, peanut butter chips AND Reese’s pieces equals the triple threat peanut butter concept ::wink::

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Now, because we are using melted butter in the recipe, I definitely suggest you follow the directions to the letter; that includes hand whisking in the first part and using a spatula to fold in the flour/chips.

The batter isn’t super thick or hard to manage; rather, the cookies come together incredibly easy!

And, they’re almost gone here.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • two handfuls of Reese’s pieces (plus another or so… ha!)

Directions:

  1. As always, the first step is to get the dry ingredients together – in a bowl, throw together the flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch.
  2. In another bowl, using the whisk, blend the brown sugar and granulated sugar; then whisk in the melted butter, making sure there aren’t any lumps left over. Continuing to whisk, add in the egg, then the yolk, thoroughly blending after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla.
  3. Using a spatula, fold in the peanut butter.
  4. Still using the spatula, combine the wet mixture with the dry ingredients. Fold these together until no flour remains to be seen.
  5. Once the batter is smooth and soft, fold in the chips and Reese’s pieces. At this point, your goal is to make sure that all of the chips and pieces get mixed evenly throughout the batter.
  6. This is the important part – CHILL the dough!! Chill it bro! For at least 2 hours (up to 3 days, max). If you don’t, those cookies will spread because of the melted butter. So chill, yo.
  7. Once chilled, let the dough come to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  8. So now we preheat the oven to 350° and line the baking sheets with parchment paper (or if you’re awesome you have a silpat, at which point, send me one, haha).
  9. I used my cookie scoop, then used my hands to make the balls nice and even, once they were on the cookie sheet, I lightly flattened the tops and then added copious amounts of extra Reese’s pieces. I totally had the cutest helper, in the form of my niece, but I didn’t get pictures, we were too busy eating the pieces, haha.
  10. Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes.  Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Resist the urge to Eat. Them. All.

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I love these cookies. Seriously.

I’m also happy that I added in that peanut butter, I think it enhanced the flavor so much. So a warning – if you’re looking for super chocolately, this is not the cookie for you; if you’re looking for peanut buttery – so much win!

Cooking. And “art,” too.

Since the move, most of my crafting stuff has been packed away in a closet. We just don’t have the room for me to bring all of it out, especially since the baby now resides in a corner of our bedroom. But since I’ve been attempting to keep up with the Whimsy By Kelly creative challenge, I’ve been missing my supplies. Like, desperately missing them. So we moved a few things and made a small open space in a corner of our bedroom; then I went through the crafting stuff and pulled out my “necessities.” I’m super excited about it, because now I have access to my stamps, ink pads, stickers, pretty papers and more. I can’t wait to start including these items in my weekly challenge submissions! This week, Kelly challenged us to find a mistake in a creation and fix it. Personally, I have a ton of items that I felt had issues, so really, narrowing it down to what I wanted to fix was the biggest issue, haha. This week, I decided to “fix” a mandala that I had started a while back. The mistake is glaringly obvious to me, as is the fact that it’s not really a mandala, is it?

Fix a Mistake!

Fix a Mistake!

But I went back to it, looked it over, and attempted to fix a few of the concerns that I had with it, then I added color. The second submission for this week was another inspired by the fix a mistake prompt. This time it was a Triple Goddess drawing that I just couldn’t figure out. After erasing the original lines and decorations, I was inspired to add swirlies and stars instead. Then, once again, I added color. I really think it looks way better and I love it more. I’m just not so sure about the word, and I think I may fix it again by removing the word!

Triple Goddess

Triple Goddess

The other submissions are food related, and I would like to share some recipes with you (are we surprised?!). The first food item is a rare thing for me: chocolate. Yes, you read that right – chocolate. This submission is an amazing chocolate frosting that the hubby and I made for a chocolate cake. We were told by all that it turned out really yummy, and I have to admit, the little taste I took was chocolately. Challenge submission #8: Chocolate Frosting…

Sorry for the awful photo!

Sorry for the awful photo!

I would share a recipe, but honestly, we just threw the ingredients into the bowl and hoped it worked out; no real measuring done. The gist of it, however, was 2.5 sticks butter (whip it generously!), followed by unsweetened cocoa powder (at least 3/4 cup), followed by 3 cups confectioners sugar, 3.5 tablespoons half and half, and vanilla flavoring. Those are the ingredients we used, and I think those are somewhat accurate guesstimates on the amounts we used. We just went with it.

My next cooking excursion is a delish Cheddar Broccoli Soup. It’s from Yammie’s Noshery and it is ah-maze-balls! Hubby is super picky about what he favors, and this is one that he requests time and again.

Creative Challenge submission #9 –

Crappy photo of amazing soup!

Crappy photo of amazing soup!

The next foodie submission is a new family favorite – Semi-Homemade Stromboli. The stromboli I’m sharing is inspired by the Veggie Cheese Stromboli from Pip & Ebby. The Olive and Sundried Tomato pesto is what caught my eye, and is, hands down, my favorite part of the whole thing.

Stromboli goodness

Stromboli goodness

So, without further ado, I bring you Challenge Submission #10-

Pepperoni Stromboli with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomato slices, packed in oil
  • 1 tablespoon oil from sundried tomatoes
  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 12 slices cheese (We used cheddar and provolone)
  • 1 bag pepperoni slices
  • 12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and cut into strips
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spray with Pam.
  2. In a food processor, combine the olives, sundried tomatoes, and oil until it become a chunky paste.
  3. Sprinkle your work area with flour, then dust some on a rolling pin. Gently roll the dough out, being careful to not make it too thin.
  4. Using a spoon, spread the olive/tomato mixture on the dough, leaving a half inch border on the edges. Top the pesto with cheese, followed by the roasted red pepper strips, followed by the pepperoni.
  5. Fold the edges of the dough in on over the filling on all sides, gently pinching the corners together. Carefully roll the dough, from the longer side, it will look like a doughy jelly-roll.
  6. Carefully pick up the stromboli and put it on the foil-lined baking sheet.
  7. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the stromboli with the beaten egg.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden. (My stromboli cooked perfectly at 27 minutes).
  9. Let cool, then slice and enjoy!

Finally, I have two doodles that I recently started. The first is not completed, I think I want to add color (I love color!) but I know the second is done.

Creative Challenge #11 –

Not quite finished. Needs color?

Not quite finished. Needs color?

and finally, for this week, Creative Challenge #12 –

Just doodled in the small spaces...

Just doodled in the small spaces…

hope you enjoyed and that you are keeping up with your challenge submissions!!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies… and Creative Challenge submissions!

Hello again lovelies!

I am here to share with you a lovely new cookie (well, it’s not so new, but it’s my recipe), and three doodle/drawing Creative Challenge submissions.

Let’s get the Challenge out of the way first, then we can move on to drooling over my cookies (which are, technically, a fifth creation!)

Unfortunately, the Challenge submissions are “supposed” to be submitted by midnight Sunday night to count towards a contest of sorts, but with my busy life, I’m not worried about the contest, I’m just thrilled to have completed some of these daily creations!

You’ll notice that all but one are in my Art Journal (that lovely journal hubby gifted me for Yule); it’s so relaxing and easy for me to sit in bed at night after the littles are asleep and doodle.

Of course, one of my submissions is from an amazing adult coloring book – you’ll see several challenge submissions from this book in the future, because it’s such a lovely book, and it features owls!!

Creative Challenge Submission #2

Captain America:

Captain, O' My Captain!

Captain, O’ My Captain!

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Creative Challenge Submission #3

Live your Life in Color

Color Bubble Burst!

Color Bubble Burst!

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Creative Challenge Submission #4

Owls all Around

Owl coloring book from Dover Publications

Owl coloring book from Dover Publications

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This page excerpt comes from the Owls Coloring Book from Dover Publications and can be found here.

and finally,

Creative Challenge Submission #5

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies!

These are a special request from the hubs. Definitely his favorite cookie and trust me, it’s a pain to find the macadamia nuts! But find them I did, and then whipped up this batch of cookies, just for him. These cookies are crisp on the edges and super soft and tender on the inside with the perfect amount of crunch from the nuts.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

It’s a pretty basic cookie recipe and I hope you enjoy!

  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag White Chocolate chips
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Beat until thoroughly mixed and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until completely combined.
  5. Using a spatula, mix in the chips and nuts, until evenly dispersed throughout batter.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (this part is optional).
  7. Drop by the rounded spoonful on the baking sheet, leaving room between cookies.
  8. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.

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I’m so excited to be sharing 5 fun Creative Challenge activities with the blog today; I’m pretty happy that I was able to get one done for each day of the Challenge so far. I am happy to submit the cookie recipe, but I really don’t feel like it’s an original thing, I mean, seriously, I bake cookies all the time. So my next baking/cooking submission will not be a cookie; I’d like to really challenge myself.

I can’t wait to see what the future challenges bring out!

Welcome, 2015!

First post of the New Year, and what a fun one at that!

Last year saw such an amazing time in our lives, and I’m so thrilled to have had many of those experiences (they were definitely better than 2013!)

In 2014, I had a baby (and he’s adorably chubby!), baked many delish recipes, moved to Alabama, and slacked on the blog (haha!).

But in 2015, I’m hoping to pick right up on the blog and begin sharing more recipes (I have an idea using cake mix with a cookie base – coming soon!) but not just cookies either! I want to begin sharing more dinners.

I’m also partaking in a creativity Challenge. I will, hopefully, be sharing many posts and hopefully keeping up with the challenge!

And that Challenge is the focus of today’s post.

So I’m off to a good start, right?

The Challenge is hosted by my friend Kelly over at Whimsy by Kelly. The idea is to make/do something creative – hopefully at least 300 items over the course of the year. You can absolutely do more or less depending on your desire; the beautiful thing about it is that you dictate what you want to create. Kelly provides weekly prompts and you can use that prompt to start a creation (or not… totally up to you!).

This week, Kelly gave the prompt of “Begin.”

It took me the better part of a day to figure out what I wanted my first creation project to be.

(Backstory)
For Yule, the hubs gave me this absolutely beautiful journal with thick, blank paper in it. It’s heavy, leather bound, and just stunning (I have an addiction to journals…). I love the journal, but didn’t know what I would do with it.

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(Que lightbulb!)
Then it hit me! Why not start an Art Journal? I could use it during the Creative Challenge and each page could become something unique and beautiful and different and distinctly me, and the beautiful journal would become something.

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So here is my first creation, prompted by “Begin:”

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I know, it’s quite literal, isn’t it?

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But it was so relaxing and fun to create.

I am planning other creations, and will blog them so that I can link it up to Kelly’s blog; unfortunately, that may create multiple posts that aren’t super awesome, but that contain a Creation and a description. I would just love to share what I create with you and the best part is that my creations will include food! Yay!

Are you taking part in any challenges this year?