Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips [RECIPE]

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Decadent, delicious, and easy to make, these cookies will satisfy your chocolate-peanut butter cravings. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Who doesn’t love pairing chocolate and peanut butter? Whether you’re a fan of Reese’s famous candies or not, you’d be hard pressed to find a cookie as decadent and delicious as this one. And if you want something extra special, dollop up a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two of these cookies and wrap in wax paper, then freeze for an hour to create homemade ice cream sandwiches that will set your heart aflutter. Read more of this post

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars [RECIPE]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

If you like Reese’s, you’re going to love our chewy, gooey chocolate peanut butter cookie bars. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

In our house, we love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Obviously we’re huge fans of Reese’s peanut butter cups, so this recipe takes that idea and runs with it. And why not? There’s just something so satisfying about the two ingredients blended together into one giant chewy, gooey cookie that we can’t resist serving these up all on their own, with a tall glass of milk, or even with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Read more of this post

Breakfast Week: Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes with butter and fresh maple syrup

Buttermilk pancakes are a surprisingly versatile breakfast that can be prepared in advance, taken on the road, or served with whipped butter and fresh maple syrup.

Perhaps you don’t think about pancakes as a breakfast food you can take on the road with you. But actually, they’re quite versatile. Whip up an entire batch and freeze the leftovers, then reheat in the toaster for a future breakfast. If you have to head out the door, spread peanut butter and strawberry preserves on them, wrap them in waxed paper, and they suddenly become a portable snack. However, if you have time, add 1 cup of roasted chopped pecans to the batter and smother them in butter and fresh maple syrup for a traditional favorite that never grows old.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 3 minutes per batch

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients; stir well.
  2. Combine eggs, buttermilk, and oil in a bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto a hot, lightly greased griddle. Cook pancakes until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked; turn and cook other side. (Store unused batter in a tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 1 week. If refrigerated batter is too thick, add milk or water to reach desired consistency.)

YIELDS: 18 (4-inch) pancakes.

TIP: To reduce calories, replace buttermilk with 1 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 1 cup milk. Simply mix the two ingredients together until smooth. The result is that your pancakes will actually come out fluffier and they will taste just as good!

Breakfast Week: No-Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

Our no-bake granola bars are great for breakfast on the go or as an after-school snack.

Sometimes, when we’re in the mood for cereal, we don’t have the time to eat it in the traditional manner. That’s when this super-quick recipe comes in handy. Not only does it satisfy cereal cravings with a blend of oatmeal and Rice Krispies®, but it is also hearty and the combination of peanuts and peanut butter delivers tons of protein to start the day off right. This recipe is so easy, it is perfect to prepare with the kiddies too!

PREP: 5 minutes + cooling time
COOK: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies® toasted rice cereal
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Bring brown sugar and syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in chocolate morsels. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray, then press mixture into it; cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

YIELDS: 4 1/2 dozen

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Diana’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Diana's Peanut Butter Cookies

Indulge your sweet tooth with Diana’s Peanut Butter Cookies. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

One of our all-time favorite comfort foods is peanut butter. And who doesn’t love cookies? Marry the two, and you come up with a scrumptious treat that never stays in the jar for long! Your family will devour these before you know it, so you may need to double the recipe. We can’t lay claim to this yummy version though. Our maid of honor and one of our dearest friends shared this with us. But they are simply too good to keep to ourselves! Read more of this post