Archive for the ‘Cookies’ Category
After Tuesday’s confessions I forgot to add one more: I’ve hardly been cooking at all lately. True, we made some chilaquiles for Cinco de Mayo (which looked like dog food but tasted amazing) and I did make some homemade granola (which practically burnt), but I haven’t made anything really blog worthy…until last weekend.
On a whim I decided to bake after looking at some spotty bananas. Of course I could have made my trusty banana bread, but I was all breaded out after using my birthday coupons from the Breadsmith (If you sign up for their email newsletters they send you a free coupon for dessert bread during the month of your birthday. Since I subscribe to two different locations, I got two coupons :)
Instead I adapted the flavor of banana bread into an oatmeal cookie – my favorite. These cookies are definitely on the softer side, which makes them even more bread-like. So in other words, if you’re looking for a crispy cookie, these are definitely not it. But if you love oatmeal and bananas, these babies are for you.
Banana Bread Cookies
Makes 4 dozen cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dried currants
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Combine the flours, salt, baking soda and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed butter mixture. Add the bananas. Stir in oats, walnuts, white chocolate chips and currants.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake for 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Question: What’s your favorite cookie? It’s a toss up for me. I love a good old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie and those thick sugar cookies from Panera. Yum!
‘Tis better to give than receive. For cooks getting crafty in the kitchen, this couldn’t be more true. There’s just something about presenting someone with a gift you made yourself that means so much more than buying a gift at the store.
This was the premise behind an article I just wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I made a Homemade Bellini Bar, Cherry Almond Muesli, Peppermint Bark, Beer and Caramel Pretzels, Cowboy Cookie Mix, and Tangerine Curd.
Looking at some of my old recipes during my Blogiversary and Giveaway Post, I decided this would be the perfect topic for a recipe roundup. Here are a few recipes that would make excellent holiday gifts this season:
Other Recipe Roundups:
Question: Do you like giving homemade gifts for the holidays? What types of things do you make?
It seems like I’ve been hearing about PB Crave all over the place, so I was thrilled to be able to try it myself. Not only is it all-natural, each of the four flavors are infused with their own unique ingredients. I taste-tested their Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, Choco Choco and Coco Bananas.
Each flavor is over-the-top delicious and yet not overpowering. My favorite was the Cookie Nookie (which reminded me a tad bit of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter). What I like is that their products are peanut butter, first and foremost. And you can eat them whatever way you eat normal peanut butter (like in Overnight Oats or in Protein Cookie Dough). I think it’s safe to say that if you love peanut butter, you’ll love PB Crave.
My parents came over a few weeks ago and we had a peanut butter taste-test. My mom, who is the pickiest eater, loved the Razzle Dazzle. Both of them said they would buy the product if they ever came across it. Rght now, you can buy PB Crave on their website or on Amazon.
As far as the nutritional stats go, it’s comparable to regular peanut butter – 180 calories, 6 grams of protein, 120 mg sodium, 2 g fiber and 6 g sugar per 2-tablespoon serving.
I also love how PB Crave is giving back through Project Peanut Butter – a non-profit organization committed to helping malnourished children.
How great would it be to infuse peanut butter recipes with the extra flavor of PB Crave? Since it’s National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, I think it’s only fitting to include some of my favorite cookie and bar recipes. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I did receive free products from PB Crave, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own.
What’s your favorite thing to do or make with peanut butter?
I am a sucker for any banana/peanut butter combination. So when I saw these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Peanut Butter Fingers, I knew I had to make them.
I also looked at the ingredients and was surprised to find that these are actually healthy. Only 1/3 cup of canola oil in the entire recipe! (Sign me up!). As an avid baker, I’m so used to seeing 1-2 sticks of butter so this was like sticker shock. I also have never made cookies with oil before so I wanted to see how they would turn out.
Oh, and did they turn out. Even the batter was delicious (yes, I love batter too). I could see adapting these flavors into a batch of overnight oats. They smelled like warm banana bread coming out of the oven. Some changes I made from Julie were adding chocolate chips, subbing chunky peanut butter and using King Arthur Flour’s white whole wheat flour (I’ll never go back to regular whole wheat again!). Julie’s recipe made 4 dozen and mine only made 3 (I used a small cookie scoop). Here is the recipe:
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Julie at PBFingers
Makes 3 dozen cookies
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
Mix bananas, peanut butter, canola oil and brown sugar together until relatively smooth (use a stand mixer if you have one). Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Slowly mix oat mixture into banana mixture until everything is combined. Add chocolate chips and mix again. Place spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10 – 12 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy.
You know someone who would love these cookies (minus the chocolate)? Oliver. He adores peanut butter and I always give him the butt-ends of my bananas. Speaking of which, this little guy is turning 3 tomorrow!
I adopted him from the Wisconsin Humane Society when he was 8-9 weeks old. I actually bought him during my lunch hour at my previous advertising job. They had about 10 beagle/shepard puppies that were the cutest things you’ve ever seen. Oliver was the runt and the only tan one with a black mask (all the others looked more like traditional beagles with the brown/black patches). The volunteer asked us if we needed time to make a decision and I said, “No, I want that one.” I think when it comes to picking a dog, you just know.
Question: Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? Oliver got a coupon in the mail for $5 off at Pet Supplies Plus, so someone will be getting a present! His favorite toys are ropes from the pet store, Nylabones and surgical rags (courtesy of Brenton’s dad).
I’ve been seeing this food survey popping up everywhere (most recently on Erica’s blog). Since I was always a sucker for surveys in high school, I couldn’t resist doing one again.
1) Coke or Pepsi?
Diet coke! (if I’m feeling naughty, if not, it’s water, coffee or tea)
2) Lemonade or fruit punch?
Lemonade. Fruit punch makes we think of Whop (remember that!?)
3) Caramel apple or cotton candy?
4) Butterfinger or Snickers?
Butterfinger (too bad they don’t make BB’s anymore!)
5) Pudding or Jell-O?
I’m going gourmet and saying homemade custard – like that used in my Whiskey Tiramisu.
6) Turkey or chicken?
Chicken, because it’s so versatile. In fact, this Mexican Chicken Chowder is one of my favorite soups.
7) American or Provolone?
Neither – Cheddar! (I am from Wisconsin)
8) Crackers or cookies?
Who am I kidding, chips!
10) Mexican food or Japanese food?
Mexican!! I got my enchilada/tamale/chimichanga fix last week.
11) Chinese food or Italian food?
Italian food is awesome (lasagna, homemade pizza, gnocchi), but I can’t say no to the occasional Chinese takeout.
12) Ice cream or cookies?
Both. Cookies in winter, ice cream in summer.
13) Pasta or pizza?
14) Soda or juice?
Trop 50 orange juice
15) Chocolate bars or chocolate truffles?
How about Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles – my fav!
16) Apples or bananas?
I can’t live without either. Bananas are awesome, especially in Chocolate Overnight Oats.
17) Salad or soup?
Soup (except now when it’s 80 degrees and 100% humidity)
18) Cauliflower or broccoli?
19) Onion rings or French fries?
20) Blizzard or McFlurry?
Blizzard (especially their xs size)
21) Fried or poached eggs?
Scrambled with cheese
22) Crepes or pancakes?
Pancakes – regular and potato/ Zucchini, Carrot, Potato Pancakes
23) Hashbrowns or roasted potatoes?
I’m on a sweet potato kick
24) Oatmeal or cereal?
Oatmeal when it’s cold, cereal when it’s warm
Pasta or pizza?
Italian food or Chinese food?
Ice cream or cookies?
America’s best loved cookie – the Oreo – turned 100 on Tuesday.
Although it’s quite a celebration for anything to turn 100, it’s really amazing that we’re eating the same snacks as people did in 1912. With so much changing all the time (like technology and pop culture), food evolves at the pace of a snail in comparison.
So when I saw this post on Cookies & Cups for Nutter Butter Krispie Treats, I immediately thought of Oreos.
These treats are an ooey gooey, lick every last bit out of the pan, delicious treat. I made this for my friend Hillary’s birthday because she LOVES Oreos (and kid food). No joke, her favorite cake is the Funfetti mix from a box :)
Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
Inspired by Cookies & Cups
1 stick of unsalted butter
20 ounces marshmallows
12 Oreo cookies, crushed
8 cups Rice Krispies cereal
In a large pot, melt the butter; add marshmallows and continue stirring until melted. Turn off the heat and add Oreos and cereal. Spread evenly over a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Let cool for 45 minutes before cutting (if you can wait that long :) )
Question: How do you eat your Oreos? I love licking out all the filling before eating each individual wafer. When we were kids, we’d roll our filling into a ball and save it for the end. Those were the days…
Remember dirt pudding? That creamy pudding. Those chocolatey cookie crumbs. The fun gummy worms on top.
If you’re like me, it’s probably been about 15 years since you’ve had this child-like concoction. In fact, I forgot all about this treat until I saw an episode of The Chew last week. Carla Hall made dirt pudding as part of their trubute show to the 1970s.
I immediately looked for the recipe online so I could make it myself. Although it looked delicious and received rave reviews from the other cast members on the show, I was disappointed in the ingredients. True, it’s a dessert. But I thought I could swap the butter, heavy cream (2 cups!) and brick of cream cheese for ingredients that are a little more waist friendly.
Here is the version I came up with, and I can’t imagine how it could be any tastier.
Half a 15-ounce package of Oreos
2 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
1 small package vanilla instant pudding (3.4 ounces)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Half an 8-ounce container of light Cool Whip
10 gummy worms
In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese and milk. Add pudding mix and powdered sugar and whip until lumps are gone (Note: I used an immersion blender to make it smooth). Fold in Cool whip. Set aside.
Place Oreos in a large resealable plastic bag. Crush cookies using a rolling pin.
To assemble, place about half the cookie crumbs in the bottom of your serving dish. Next, layer the pudding mixture and smooth out. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs and arrange gummy worms on top. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
For a fun party treat, make a big batch of dirt pudding and place in a potted planter decorated with a few fake flowers. For summertime, substitute the Oreos for lemon sandwich cookies and place in a beach pail.
Question: What foods did you love as a kid?