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Reese’s Cookies Revisted

So I made these cookies for the first time in March. They were amazing. Last week I wanted to make more, and got half way through the process when I realized I did not have enough regular sugar for what the recipe called for. So I ended up doing some tweaking- and somehow came up with a cookie that was twice as delicious as the first batch! It was a total accident- and I thought for sure as I was making them that they would be awful. The dough wasn’t as thick and dry as the first time I made it- in fact, it was similar to the consistency of chocolate chip cookies dough.

The Original Recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. What I ended up having was 1/4 cup of sugar and then 3/4 cup of brown sugar. I’m not sure how this changed the consistency of my cookie dough. I might have done something else. But it ended up being wetter than the first go round.

So what I ended up doing was refrigerating the cookie dough over night. The next morning it still wasn’t solid enough to roll into a ball to pop the peanut butter filling into it that way. In fact- the peanut butter filling ended up thinner as well. So what I did was flatten the dough into a round disc, put the peanut butter on top of it, and then put another round cookie on top of it and pressed the edges together- much like a sandwich cookie.

I baked the cookies for 9 minutes. The middles were risen because of the peanut butter. And I let them cook. And they tasted so much better. The peanut butter in the middle was much more prominent this time, and the texture of the cookies was indescribable. They were the best cookies I have ever made- and I seriously thought, the entire time, that it would be a huge disaster!

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No Bake Cookies

No-Bake Cookies have been one of my favorite treats forever. They have a lot of different names. My friend’s family even calls them kitty litter cookies because of how they look. Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Oatmeal is an amazing mixture, though, and I just felt like it so I made them! This recipe only made twelve. You can double it to get two dozen, but that would have been way too many for just me and my dad. I like a lot of peanutbutter in mine- mostly because I think it keeps them from getting dry and crumbly as they have a tendency to do if you don’t make them just right. These turned out to be really good, moist, and amazing!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal

Directions

  1. Lay out a long sheet of wax paper. You can also spray non stick on some aluminum foil if you don’t have any wax paper. (I was out for some reason.)
  2. In a medium pot, bring the sugar/butter/milk/cocoa to a boil. Do so slowly so that the sugar melts properly.
  3. After it comes to a boil, let it go for one minute. Then stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.
  4. When the peanut butter and the vanilla is well combined with the chocolate, stir in the oatmeal.
  5. With a spoon, drop the mixture onto the paper. This should make 12 cookies (depending on the size, of course).
  6. Let the cookies cool and harden. If they don’t harden the way you would like, you can always refrigerate to help them set.

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Rice Crispy Treats

So every Saturday, my friends play tabletop RPGs. I tag along sometimes, and I did so this past Saturday. I decided to take along something sweet and fun to eat- and quickly whipped up a batch of Rice Crispy Treats. Surprisingly, I had never made them before. I used the Original Recipe – barely tweaked. They were gooey and great. I covered half in some chocolate drizzle. They were gone by the time I left game. These took about fifteen minutes to make, so if you want something quick and fun then these are definitely for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows (10.5 oz)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups of rice crisp cereal

Directions

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows in a pot.
  2. Stir in the rice cereal until well coated.
  3. Empty the pot into a large, greased 13×9 pan. Stir it some more in the pan if you didn’t get it well coated in the pot.
  4. Mash the mixture down into the pan with a spoon or spatula.
  5. You can drizzle chocolate on at this point, or just let it set.
  6. Cut it into squares and eat!

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Toffee Bars

This recipe comes from one of my current favorite books- Complete Baking from Martha Day. I found it at Ollie’s for like 6 dollars and has tons of recipes in it. Everything I have tried out of it so far has been incredibly delicious. I did this one straight from the book, instead of my usual tweaking. The final product was- more or less- mediocre. I am a huge fan of toffee and of brown sugar. Basically my toffee bars ended up and fluffy- like a large pan of gigantic cookie. I should have split it into two pans, or only used half. But- what can you do? So I guess this is a semi-success.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb light brown sugar
  • 1 lb butter/margarine at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 lb flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4oz milk chocolate broken into pieces
  • Heath Toffee Bits

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Beat the sugar & butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in the flour and salt.
  3. Spread the dough in a greased baking dish/pan.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately place chocolate pieces on top of the hot biscuit base. Let stand until chocolate softens, and then spread it evenly with a spatula.
  6. Sprinkle with heath bits.
  7. While still warm, cut into bars.

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Moon Pies & Left Over Candy

So after my S’mores Pie failure- I decided I really needed a better chocolate pick-me-up. I’ve had a rough week (detailed in my personal blog) so I’ve just wanted something sweet that makes me happy. Growing up I have always loved moon pies, and decided I’d look for a recipe that might work in making them. Eventually I made chocolate cookies, melted marshmallows for the filling, and then dipped them in melted chocolate. Incredibly simple- and incredibly delicious. I wasn’t sure, at first, if it would turn out well- but it did. I’m glad to not be blogging another failure!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flower
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 hershey’s bars
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Cream butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together.
  2. Mix in the flour/cinnamon/cocoa powder/flour with a spatula until just combined.
  3. Turn out cookie dough onto a sheet of tinfoil. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. After refrigerating, remove dough from the foil wrapper.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°
  6. Pinch off some dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then smash the ball between your hands to create a flattened disc. Place this cookie onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Do this until all of the dough has been used. (Aim for an even number since you’re making sandwiches!)
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes- be careful not to over bake!
  8. Remove cookies from oven and place on wire racks to cool.
  9. After cookies are cool, melt the marshmallows in a bowl in the microwave. Be careful or they will explode. About 20 seconds should do it.
  10. Place a dollop of marshmallows onto a cookie, and press another on top of it to make a sandwich. Repeat until all cookies are used.
  11. Place the dark chocolate and Hershey’s milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl along with the vegetable oil. Melt the chocolate in the microwave (in 30 second bursts to prevent burning).
  12. After chocolate is melted, dip each sandwich in the melted chocolate. Remove from melted chocolate with fork or spoon and let it drip- then place on parchment paper. Repeat until all sandwiches are dipped.
  13. Place moon pies in the fridge for a couple of hours- or until chocolate hardens. Enjoy!

Optional!

  • Toss leftover marshmallows in chocolate.
  • Spread out on sheet of parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and heath bits (or anything else you have lying around).
  • Refrigerate for tasty candy snack!

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