Peanut Butter Crazed

Thank you, lovely friends, for being patient with my lack of posts as of late.  Unfortunately, homework comes before blogging on the priority list.  But perhaps a new peanut butter recipe will make up for it? 🙂

I first found inspiration for this creation on both Iowa Girl Eats and My Little Celebration.  So yum!  But naturally, I HAD to deviate slightly from their delightful recipes and personalize a bit.  And thus was born my version of homemade Peanut Butter Cups.

TADA!

Don’t ya just want one?!

Well, you’re in luck, because these little babies are a piece o’ cake to throw together.

First, lightly grease, then fill a mini muffin pan with chocolate chips in each indent.

Then, toss the chocolate in the oven for about 5 minutes, to achieve optimum melty-ness.  Smoosh the chocolate down with the back of a spoon to create the base.

While the chocolate melts, mix up some peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.

Top each chocolate base with the peanut butter mixture and let chill.  Sadly, overnight seems to be ideal.

But after all that waiting….you get these!!!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

 

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats and My Little Celebration (links above)

The Goods:

1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter

1/4 butter or margarine, room temp

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp (generous) vanilla extract

~ 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, etc)

The Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350*; grease mini muffin cups with nonstick spray and place scant tablespoons of chocolate chips into each indent.  Melt in the oven for 5 minutes, then, with the back of a spoon, smoosh the chocolate to form the base.  Let cool briefly.

2. Cream together the peanut butter and butter until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, mixing until combined.

3. Drop heaping tablespoons of the PB mixture on each chocolate base.  Smooth with the back of a spoon, and refrigerate until well set (overnight seemed to work quite well).  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Couldn’t be easier, folks!

I hope to post a little more often in the weeks to come, but we’ll just see how that homework stuff goes.  Ahhhh the life of a college student 🙂

Happy weekending!

Blessings,

Beth

 

A Peanut Butter Recipe for You!

Hello, friends!  Sorry for the lag in posts, but homework has basically been dominating my life.  ‘Tis the fate of a college student, I’m afraid.  I’m sure you understand 🙂  Truthfully, I probably should be reading right now instead of blogging, but a girl needs her break, you know!

For the last TWO posts, I’ve been promising a recipe, and *drum-roll*…….I’m finally posting it!  Hooray!

I’ve been intrigued by the idea of flourless peanut butter cookies, and finally got up the gumption to give them a go.  And the verdict?  Success!  I made flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies, and, well…lets just say they got roommate approval 🙂

They’re small, yet filling.  Sweet, but not too sweet.  And SOOOOO soft!  The middle is just perfect – chewy, dense, soft…and peanut butter.  And honey!  What more could you want in a cookie?  You won’t even miss the flour, I promise.

And for the record – these cookies are great with a glass of milk as dessert, but I think they’d also be great with a glass of milk and a banana for breakfast!  Cookies for breakfast?  Yep!  And here’s why……

See these ingredients?  No, I’m not missing any.  Yes, this is everything.  Margarine, peanut butter, applesauce, oats, honey and baking powder.  The combo of healthy fats and protein, with a little bit of sweet could certainly set you up for nice jump-start to your day!

And did I mention these cookies are CAKE to put together?

Soooo…yeah.  Mix everything in a bowl.  And mix it well!  We don’t want any random dry oats!!

Plop spoon fulls on a ever-so-lightly greased cookie sheet.  This is known as the “prebake” stage.  In case you were wondering.

Then, put them in the oven for a bit, do your dishes and then…..

EAT COOKIES!!!!!!!!  Some say you should let them cool.  I say…why eat cold cookies when you can eat warm cookies?

Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Adapted from: Carrots N’ Cake

The Goods

1 1/4 cups rolled oats (add a little more if need be)

3 tbsp honey (scant)

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup applesauce (banana would probably work too!)

2 tbsp margarine, softened

 

The Method

1. Preheat oven to 350* F.

2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined.

3. Portion cookies onto a greased baking sheet, 1-2 inches apart.

4. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until desired consistency.

5. Move to a wire rack (or to your mouth!)

 

I hope you enjoy these cookies!  They’d be great with chocolate chips or nuts added to the dough.  Or frosting on top.  Mmmmm!

Aaaaaand back to the homework!

Blessings,

Beth