Season of the Cookie: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been up for 12 minutes and I already want a chocolate chip cookie. Thankfully, I have 80 of them.

It’s the kind of week that begs, “Sit under blankets all day watching The Price is Right and eating baked goods while wearing colored socks.  Every few hours, take a picture of yourself hanging upside down off the bed.” Continue reading “Season of the Cookie: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies” »

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day!

As it’s Friday, I’m sure many of you already had plans to tear home from work, drop yourselves down onto the couch and eat an entire jar of peanut butter with your index finger while watching Shark Tank. Well, this week you don’t have to experience any of that pesky Catholic guilt over it because it’s National Peanut Butter Day!

Here are my Tv Food and Drink’s top five peanut butter recipes. I suggest you NOT MISS the recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars after the jump. One bite are you will be re-born.

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies – Found at Bake or Break

  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 0.75 ounces peanut butter cups (about 4 regular size) chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan lightly with cooking spray.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, and eggs. Stir well.

Add peanut butter mixture to flour mixture, stirring until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Transfer batter into baking pan. Arrange the peanut butter cups over the batter.

Bake for 19 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Season of the Cookie: Carrot Cake Cookies

Billows of gooey cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two moist cookies bursting with oatmeal, carrots and raisins.  Meet the official Tv Food and Drink Halloween cookie.

I haven’t even begun to think about what I might dress up as for Halloween this year, and seeing as it’s only a few days away, I don’t intend to start now.  There’s no point in denying that as a result of bad planning and a embarrassingly short attention span I’ve wandered yet again into that shameful realm known as the “Halloween Scramble Zone.”  You know… that place where people come together and bravely try to justify the merits of such supremely lame and last-minute costumes as, “Hobo,” “Hippie,” “Cat” and “Toilet Paper Mummy.”

Yes, I’m also talking to you too, “Guy in Bathrobe,” “Working Out Girl,” and “Truck Driver.”

If you are going to dress up for Halloween, you have to put some pizazz and some planning into it.  At the very least, you must give it the old college try.  And no, that doesn’t mean you can go to your neighbor’s party in a cap and gown with a rolled up piece of sheet music you tore out of your little sister’s recital book.  That’s lame too.

Don’t stick a knife through a box of Cocoa Pebbles.  That doesn’t make you a “Cereal Killer.”

“Sexy Librarian” is no longer distinguishable from “Sarah Palin.”  Neither gets you laid anymore.

And just because it’s October 31st, wearing dirty clothes and no shoes so you can be “Homeless Guy” still qualifies you as a Prime Time Emmy-Winning Douche Canoe.

I’ll take a moment to address these knock-out cookies, though come on… is there anything else you really need to know?  The words “carrot cake” are in their name.  You can see the creamy frosting oozing out of the middle.  These are sweet, chewy, eye-poppingly decadent, and they will make you the star of any Halloween party.

As for you… guy in trench coat with black socks and dude sporting “This IS my costume!” on a t-shirt.  You can just move along to the orange-colored Rice Krispie Treats.  There’ll be no cookies for you.

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Season of the Cookie: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Here’s an oatmeal cookie recipe disguised as an easy peanut butter cookie.  It’s dressed up for the holiday season, but still easy to make and share.

I don’t mean to alarm the room, but are you aware that there are only 33 days left until Christmas?  Have you gotten your shopping finished?  Hell, have you gotten it started?  Are you a Black Friday or Cyber Monday kind of person?  Both of those events, by name alone, terrify me.  I imagine stampeding consumers in the malls (I always picture them carrying Slurpees), and sluggish internet connections at home that will prevent me from accessing my blog’s stats on regular five minute intervals.

I’ve purchased exactly ONE Christmas present so far this year (you’re welcome, Lauren), and short of that I don’t even have ball park ideas of what to get my family, friends, building manager and the building’s two maintenance engineers (I’m guessing cash is the best way to go for these two.  Am I right?).

MG has made things a little easier, sending me a few links to items he’d like to find under our artificial Christmas tree this year.  Yes it’s artificial, and it’s white too – but it’s really pretty.  Don’t judge.  I’ll take a picture and post it…  then you’ll see.

The only down side to the artificial tree is the lengthy assembly.  All the branches are categorized by different letters that have to be inserted into their corresponding sockets on the tree base, and then have to be snapped in securely.  I have trouble making the branches snap in.  MG politely regards me as I’m fiddling with a branch and finally says helpfully, “It snaps in, babe.”  I already know that it snaps in.  I’m just unable to accomplish the challenge successfully.  I’m branch-snapping deficient. I don’t know what he sees in me.

Wait… I know what he sees in me.  As he has reminded me in lyric: “You like cooking… I like eating… and that’s a combination there’s no beating!”

Peanut butter, chocolate chips and oatmeal all in one cookie seems excessive.  And you know what… it is, which is why these cookies are so amazingly awesome. Aside from being an over-indulgence (something you should definitely reward yourself with after going to the gym), you can bring warring cookie ingredient factions together in peace, song and handholding.  Perhaps give some baskets of these as holiday gifts to people you know and love in place of mall merchandise, which will only come back and haunt you when your Discover bill arrives in January.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from Martha Stewart

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon backing soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole salted peanuts
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Season of the Cookie: Peanut Crisps

Peanut Crisps are easy to make, and this recipe yields almost four dozen!

I don’t want to undersell the peanut crisp.

It would be an easy thing to do with the minimal ingredients required and the distinctive lack of aesthetic razzamatazz you might achieve from cranking out say, a few dozen cream cheese walnut cookies or banana walnut chocolate chunks.

Nope, upon first look, you might be apt to disregard the peanut crisp as the Pat Boone of the cookie world: bland, old-fashioned, and downright predictable.

But where is the rule that says the simplest recipes can only produce the simplest results?

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