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(Literally!) Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

I’ve got another Baked recipe to share with you today! On a side note, before I get to today’s actual topic, I should mention among the other items I’ve made from the Baked cookbooks, I’ve made the Grasshopper Bars. Holy. Moly. Those things were divine. I brought them to a party, and they were quickly decided to be the favorite thing there. I was asked for the recipe countless times. Seriously…they were amazing. And as if I haven’t already pushed you enough to do so, I want need you to get these Baked cookbooks! Think of me not sharing the Grasshopper Bars recipe as an extra nudge to do so! 🙂

But you came today for Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, didn’t you? If you look in either of the Baked cookbooks, you actually won’t find such a recipe. These are a slight adaptation of one of the recipes, created not because I had little faith in the original recipe, but rather due to the ingredients I had on hand. You see, these were originally supposed to be Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks (not semi-sweet…milk chocolate, the recipe description clearly states!) But who doesn’t love a good Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie?!

These were great. Like, really, really, really, really, really great. Melt in your mouth great. No, seriously, they literally melt in your mouth!

The description in the cookbook says that they’re “the type of cookie you will have to hide or lock down if you want [them] to remain in your cookie jar for more than a few hours” (Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, page 140). Sadly for your waistline, I’m here to report that this is only too true. These cookies will disappear faster than you can believe.

And now, I encourage you to make these delightful cookies. Then, I dare you to control yourself by not eating more than one at a time. Sorry, but you won’t be able to do that. They’re just that good!

(Literally!) Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

1 Âľ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1-inch cubes (softened=out and cut up in cubes for about   

15 minutes)

1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup creamy peanut butter

*chocolate kisses (one per cookie)

Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each until incorporated. Add the vanilla and peanut butter, beating just until incorporated.

Add half of the flour mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour and mix until just incorporated; you don’t want to overmix.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (in a pinch, you can refrigerate for less time, or freeze for some of the time…I did a bit of both so I could get the cookies in the oven and into my tummy faster!).

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll the dough into equal balls. Place on prepared sheets, leaving at least 2 inches around each dough ball. Very gently press each cookie dough slightly, but do not press too hard, and do not press it flat! Sprinkle the tops lightly with granulated sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies just begin to brown.

Remove the pan from the oven and immediately place a chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie. Let cool on the pans for about 5 minutes or so, and then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely (well, you can eat them before that point if you wish!).

Enjoy!

*If you wish to make cookies as in the cookbook, instead of putting chocolate kisses on top, fold in 6 ounces good quality milk (not semi-sweet!) chocolate, coarsely chopped, into the cookie dough before you chill it.

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Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mmm….Nutella. How can you not love it?! So, in a desire to whip up some cookies for a friend’s birthday, I googled “Nutella cookies.” To a bit of my surprise, I was given tons of choices! I don’t know why it took so long for me to search for a Nutella cookie recipe…I mean, really! But anyway, I settled on a recipe, and made the cookies.

And, uh, I should mention these are by no means the world’s best photos. I was just trying to quickly snap a few pictures, and admittedly, I didn’t have the best lighting. Oops. Sorry.

The Details:

The Process: Not difficult…pretty much just an average process for making cookies.

The Verdict: Well, to be honest, it’s hard to give a final verdict. I definitely stole quite a few tastes of the dough, and man, it was good! However, I only had a taste of half of a finished cookie (Rob had the other half), because I wanted to give as many as  I could to the friend whose birthday it was. So, yes, I’d say the finished product was good. But….not amazing. Also, these, interestingly enough, have cinnamon.  I would perhaps scale back the amount – or even eliminate it all together in the future. Again though, it’s hard to say whether these feelings about the cookies can be fully trusted considering I did only have half a cookie. The friend, for the record, said they were good. But who knows if she was only being polite!

The idea of Nutella cookies still intrigues me, so it’s something I’ll probably play around with a bit more in the future. I’ll be sure to let you know about it if I do!

You want to try out the recipe for yourself? Please tell me what you think if you do make ’em…I would love to hear!

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Lovin’ From the Oven

8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

2/3 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Mix together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside dry ingredients.

Cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in Nutella and vanilla extract. Mix in egg.

Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Add chocolate chips. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Drop tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 for about 11 minutes until the edges look set. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then carefully remove to cooling racks.

*Note: I didn’t chill for the full hour, because I was pressed for time. I also didn’t have quite the full amount of Nutella.

Decadent Mosaic Brownie Cheesecake

Are you ready for this?

I don’t know if you are.

I mean, really.

It’s that good.

Seriously.

That good!

And the pictures do not do it justice…not even one bit. But hey, I’ll show you ’em anyway.

So what is this “Decadent Mosaic Brownie Cheesecake?” Well, let’s start with the base. It’s a super thick chocolate wafer crust, filled with cheesecake. But, in the cheesecake filling are 1-inch pieces of brownie. And really delicious brownie pieces, at that. Then, it’s topped with a super dark ganache. If your mouth isn’t watering, there’s something wrong with you.

Madison and Rob loved it. Needless to say, I did too. If you need a dessert to bring to an event this holiday season, look no further – this is the one. If you need a pick-me-up, look no further – this is the one. If you just want to bake, look no further – this is the one. Get the picture? This is a must-try dessert!

(As far as easiness goes, this isn’t a beginners’ recipe, but it’s not too, too difficult. It’s definitely on the more time-consuming side though. I somehow, in a way I’m not quite sure of, misread the amount of eggs in the brownies, and only put one in…when they came out of the oven, I realized my mistake and mixed in the other two and rebaked the brownies for 10 more minutes. They came out perfectly, luckily!)

Decadent Mosaic Brownie Cheesecake
Altered ever so slightly from Smitten Kitchen

Part One: One Bowl Brownies

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 3/4cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13-by-9-inch baking pan.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minute or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool in pan on wire rack.

Refrigerate brownies, then cut them into 3/4- to 1-inch squares for use in the cheesecake. You will have extra brownies left over. Add cubes to cake batter as directed below.

Part Two: Crumb Crust

3 cups or 10 ounces chocolate wafers (you could use another chocolate cookie if you want)

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon teaspoon salt

In a food processor, blend the wafers until they are fine crumbs. Add the butter, sugar, and salt and mix well in the food processor. You may have to do the crust in two batches (if so, divide ingredients in half for each batch). Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of a buttered 24-centimeter springform pan. Fill right away or chill up to 2 hours.

Part Three: Cheesecake

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 cups brownie cubs (from recipe above)

Make crumb crust as directed above for 24-centimeter cheesecake. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make filling and bake cake: Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy and add eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla and sugar, beating on low speed until each ingredient is incorporated and scraping down bowl between additions.

Fold brownie cubes in very gently and pour mixture into prepared pan. Put springform pan with crust in a shallow baking pan. Pour filling into crust and bake in baking pan (to catch drips) in middle of oven 45 minutes, or until cake is set 3 inches from edge but center is still slightly wobbly when pan is gently shaken.

When completely cool, top with following glaze.

Part Four: Ganache Glaze

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken up, or 1/2 cup chocolate morsels
2 ounces butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

Grind the chocolate into powder in the food processor, scald the butter and cream in a saucepan. With the machine running, pour the hot cream/butter mixture slowly through the feed tube onto the chocolate. Blend until completely smooth, stopping machine to scrape down sides once or twice. Add the extract and sugar and process until smooth. Spread over cheesecake while ganache is still warm. Chill until ready to serve.

(Supposedly) Perfect Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I know. You’re saying, “Another chocolate chip cookie recipe?!” Yes, it’s true – there are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, for such a seemingly simple cookie. But this is probably unlike any you’ve made before. You see, you brown the butter! Intimidated? Don’t be! In fact, the aroma you get while mixing up these cookies might just be better than the actual cookie. Might. Oh, and did you know so have claimed these to be the perfect cookie?! True fact.

Notes:

These are a bit more time consuming than your average chocolate chip cookie, but didn’t I mention the aroma given off while making these?! It makes it  totally worth the extra time!

Rob, Madison, and I all enjoyed these. Are they the most perfect cookie we’ve ever eaten? Are they the best cookies we’ve ever eaten? Debatable. Probably not. But worth you giving them a try? Yes. Definitely.

 

(Supposedly) Perfect Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie”

Makes about 32 medium-large cookies

1Âľ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons (1Âľ sticks) unsalted butter
½ cup granulated sugar
Âľ cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
Âľ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup milk chocolate chips (if you want, use all semi-sweet instead)

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes (this may easily take longer, but don’t rush it, and watch it carefully!). Remove skillet from heat and transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter (cut into pieces) into hot butter until completely melted.

Add both sugars, salt and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand for 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips, giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.

Drop dough onto cookie sheets, using about 2 tablespoons of the dough per cookie (increase this if you want really large cookies!). Allow quite a bit of room for expansion.

Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10-14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

Final advice? Make these! Give them a try! Who knows…they may turn out to be your perfect cookie!

Pecan Pie Bars

It’s November…getting close to Thanksgiving. Doesn’t that call for some sort of pecan pie?! I sure thought so! Instead of making a traditional pecan pie though, I recalled seeing a recipe on Delightful Bitefuls for pecan pie bars. Mmm….these sounded like heaven, and I knew I had to try them. And so, I did!

Notes:

These were quite simple to prepare!

The verdict? Mmmmm! These did not disappoint! Madison and Rob also liked them. Actually, “like” might be an understatement for Rob…he loved them. In fact, because I made a scaled down recipe of these (these were made during my baking bonanza), Rob begged me to make more as soon as possible. I’ll have to follow through with that!

Pecan Pie Bars
From Delightful Bitefuls

3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven  to 350° F. For crust, beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat until well blended. Add flour gradually, beating at low speed after each addition. (Mixture will be crumbly but presses together easily).

Press dough evenly into ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Press mixture slightly up sides of pan (less than 1/4 inch) to form lip to hold filling.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, for filling, beat eggs lightly in medium bowl with fork. Add pecans, granulated sugar, corn syrup, melted butter and vanilla; mix well. Pour filling over partially baked crust. Return to oven; bake 35 to 40 minutes or until filling is set.

Loosen edges with knife. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting into squares. Cover and refrigerate until 10 to 15 minutes before serving time. Do not freeze. 

Milk and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Have you heard of Magnolia Bakery in New York City (I’m hoping that’s rhetorical)? I’ve had the pleasure of going to the original and one of their newer sites, and man, it’s heaven. More specifically, their red velvet cheesecake is heavenly. It’s definitely on my list of things to recreate!

Anyway, I have one of the cookbooks from the creator, Allysa Torey. I found a recipe for oatmeal cookies with peanut butter chips, but the only problem was, I didn’t have any peanut butter chips on hand! So what’s a girl to do?! Improvise! I replaced the peanut butter chips with milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips! The end result? Mmm…tasty.

Notes:

These are easy to whip up on a whim, as I did. If you want, you could follow the original recipe and use only peanut butter chips, but why not try this version?! It works!

Also, the cinnamon flavor is evident, so if you’re not a huge fan of this flavor profile, consider halving the amount.

Milk and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from More from Magnolia by Allysa Torey

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

 

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

ÂĽ teaspoon cinnamon

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened

Âľ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

2 ½ cups quick-cooking oats (not regular, old-fashioned rolled oats)

½ cup milk chocolate chips (if you can’t find, semi-sweet will do)

½ cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenehit.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugars until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in the oats and peanut butter chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until golden brown around the edges, and soft, but not too soft, in the center.

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

My advice? Bake these. Then brag to all your friends that you have a little slice of the world famous Magnolia Bakery in your kitchen (and stomach!)!

Glitches Aside

I told you here about my baking bonanza I had last Friday…and how computer glitches prevented me from posting the recipes (with pictures). However, I’ve fixed the problem, even though it took some time, and I’m going to start posting the three recipes from the baking bonanza! But that’s not all! Yesterday, I got in even more baking, and have an additional two more recipes. Consequently, I’ll be running the five recipes, a post a day, this week. Ready? I’ll post the first one soon…