Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies

It’s my favorite! Well, I probably say that about quite a few cookie recipes, but really, this is right up there at the top.

Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies 2

1½ cups oats
1¼ cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together oats, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixer, and mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Drop large scoop of batter onto cookie sheet, press down just a bit to make a disc shape. Bake for 9-10 minutes, do not over-bake. I bake mine exactly 9 minutes, take out of oven, then leave on the cookie sheet about 10 minutes to finish their bake and cool. Makes approx 2½ dozen.

White Chocolate Lemon Oreo Blondies

I’m obsessed with these blondies, they are lemony delicious!

White Chocolate Lemon Oreo Blondies

1 cup butter
11.5 oz white chocolate (chips or bars)
1½ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
20 Lemon Oreos, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″x13″ baking pan with foil, leaving overhang on each end, and spray with nonstick spray. Put butter and white chocolate in large microwave safe bowl. Melt in microwave on about 1/4 power for 4-5 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Must be done slowly so white chocolate doesn’t seize. When butter and white chocolate are just melted and creamy, stir in sugar and vanilla. Add flour and salt, and stir until well incorporated. Stir in chopped Lemon Oreos. Spoon into prepared pan, spread evenly. Bake 45-50 minutes (If necessary, tent with foil last minutes of baking to avoid over-browning). Cool completely. Using foil overhang, lift blondies out of baking pan to cutting board. Peel foil away from blondies and cut into squares. Makes 24.

One Year Ago: Southern Praline Bars

Two Years Ago: Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Three Years Ago: Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes

Four Years Ago: Crumb Cake

Five Years Ago: Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Light, flaky, buttery, and cheesy!

Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

2 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbl butter, softened
season salt

Preheat oven to 425°. Spread one sheet of puff pastry on lightly floured surface. Evenly spread butter over puff pastry. Sprinkle cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese evenly over buttered pastry. Sprinkle with season salt. Lay second sheet of puff pastry over top of cheeses. Press all around the edge to seal edges of top and bottom pastry together. Gently roll out to 15″X15″square, working to keep edges sealed. With a pizza cutter, cut all the way across into 1″ wide strips. Now, cut across the center of the lengths, cutting the long strips in half. Twist each strip and place on greased or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm or room temperature. Keep in airtight container. Makes approx 30 cheese straws.

Nutella Cream Pie

If you are a Nutella fan, this might be a new favorite pie for you.

Nutella Cream Pie

1 Prebaked single crust 9″ deep dish pie shell
3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
4½ Tbl cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg yolks, beaten
3/4 cup Nutella (or other brand chocolate hazelnut spread)

Combine milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in large saucepan.  Heat over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Add a small amount of hot milk mixture to egg yolks to warm (whisking constantly), and then add egg yolks to milk mixture (whisking constantly).  Boil 1 minute stirring constantly till thick and smooth.  Remove from heat and add Nutella and stir until completely combined.  Beat several times while cooling a bit.  Pour filling into baked pie shell while slightly warm. Cover with wax paper. Cool completely in refrigerator until set.  Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts.

Challah

Bread. I love bread!

Challah

Challah 1  Challah Rolls

1¾ cups warm water (approx 110°)
2 Tbl dry yeast
3 Tbl sugar
½ cup honey
2 Tbl oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 Tbl salt
8-9 cups bread flour

In bowl of stand mixer, pour warm water, sprinkle yeast over water, and then sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add honey, oil, eggs, and salt. Add flour 1 cup at a time. Add enough flour to make dough that just comes together and starts to pull away from sides of bowl. Knead. Turn dough out into greased or sprayed bowl, turn dough over to coat. Cover with towel and let rise in warm place 1-1½ hours until doubled. Punch down, turn out onto floured surface, and divide in half. At this point you can make two loaves, one loaf and 16 rolls, or 32 rolls.

To make a loaf: Take one half of the dough, divide into four equal parts. Roll each part into an 18″ long rope. I braid my loaf on my greased or silpat lined baking sheet because I don’t like to move it after it is braided. Put the four long dough ropes on the baking sheet side by side. At one end, pinch the four ropes together. Start braiding by taking the rope on the far left, go under two ropes to the right, and back over one rope to the left, lay it down. Take the rope on the far right, go under two ropes to the left, and back over one rope to the right, lay it down. Back to the rope on the far left, go under two ropes to the right, and back over one rope to the left, lay it down. Back to the rope on the far right, go under two ropes to the left, and back over one rope to the right, lay it down. Continue until you are at the end and pinch ends together. Cover and let rise about 30-45 minutes. Gently brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30-35 minutes.

To make rolls: Take one half of the dough, divide evenly into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 18″ long skinny rope. Twist and turn and wrap the rope around itself to make each roll. I wish I had some exact way of doing this but I’m not willing to take the time. ;o) I consider each roll a work of art. Place on greased or silpat lined baking pan. Continue until you have shaped all the rolls. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes. Gently brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 12-15 minutes.

 

Poppy Seed Cake

This is an easy throw together cake that looks simply beautiful. This is a revised version of our family favorite growing up. Revised because the original recipe uses a yellow cake mix and about four years ago cake mixes were downsized. So, this is it, new and improved. So moist and tasty, no frosting needed (or fork, pick up a piece and eat!). Of course, if you so desire, a drizzle of chocolate and a scoop of ice cream never hurts anything. Enjoy!

Poppy Seed Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 (oz) pkg instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
5 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup water
2 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, pudding, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix eggs, sour cream, oil, pineapple juice, water, and almond extract. Pour egg mixture into dry mixture and mix with electric mixer until well combined. Mix in poppy seeds. Pour into well sprayed bundt pan. Bake 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Turn out of pan onto cooling rack and continue cooling. Level the bottom with serrated knife (early taste treat!) for even surface to invert onto serving plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Other Bundts:

Intense Chocolate Bundt Cake   Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake 2   Nutter Butter Snack Cake

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake   Banana Cream Bundt Cake 1

Nutty Chocolate Chip Banana Bran Muffins

Sometimes I’m in the mood for healthy and low calorie, that is when I bake something like Bran Muffins. Today I throw all those cares to the wind and bake a bran muffin with sugar, chocolate and lots of nuts. I fool myself with the words banana and bran, that there is some health benefit in there somewhere. My workout tonight will have to be a little longer, but that’s OK, my craving is satisfied. ;o)

Nutty Chocolate Chip Banana Bran Muffins

3 bananas, medium, mashed
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup All-Bran cereal
1¾ flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400°. Coat 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
In large bowl, stirring by hand, combine banana, eggs, buttermilk, applesauce, vanilla, brown sugar, and All-Bran cereal. Let sit 5-10 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; add to banana mixture. Stir just until all is combined. Stir in chocolate chips, pecans, and walnuts. Scoop mixture into prepared muffin cups, they will be full. Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips and nut pieces on top if desired. Bake 20-22 minutes.

Other Muffins:

Mandarin Orange Muffins     Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Muffins

Very Vanilla Crumble Muffins     Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins     Snickerdoodle Muffins

Blueberry Oat Nut Muffins     Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Pizza Pie

Happy Pi Day! You know, 3.14. Any excuse for pie is OK by me. To celebrate, I chose to make main dish pie rather than pie for dessert.

Pizza Pie

Pizza Pie 1   Pizza Pie 2

Pizza Pie

Pizza Crust:
3/4 cup warm water (about 110°)
1 (2¼ tsp) pkt dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbl olive oil
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt (I like to use season salt)

Sprinkle yeast over warm water, sprinkle sugar over yeast. When yeast if foamy, add olive oil, flour, and salt. knead. Let rise in warm place until doubled. While pizza dough is rising make filling.

Filling:
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, room temp
2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 lb sausage (I use Italian turkey sausage)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped peppers (I use mixture of red, green, and yellow)
1 (2.25oz) can sliced black olives, drained
1/2 cup quartered turkey pepperoni
1 tomato, diced, salted
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp water
turkey pepperoni, green onion sliced, and oregano for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°. Put cream cheese and mozzarella cheese in large bowl; set aside. Brown sausage. Add onion and peppers; cook just until tender. Drain. Add olives and pour over cheeses in large bowl. Mix thoroughly to incorporate all ingredients.

Spray and sprinkle cornmeal in a large (9″deep dish or 10″) pie plate. Divide dough in half. Stretch or roll one half into a circle about 11″-12″, to fit in bottom and up sides of pie plate. Place dough in prepared pie plate, fitting down in and up sides with edge of dough resting around top of plate. Spoon filling into pie plate, spreading evenly. Put diced tomato evenly over the filling. Stretch or roll remaining dough into a circle, and place over top of pizza pie. Pinch together bottom and top layers of dough, folding over as you go around. Brush top crust with egg wash, garnish with pepperoni slices, green onion, and oregano. Bake 35-45 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Slice and enjoy!
This is a variation of the recipe found at foodrecipes.info.

 

Chocolate Chip Coconut Fudge Bars

I combined a couple of my favorite recipes today, yummy!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Fudge Bars

Chocolate Chip Coconut Base & Topping
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2¹/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut

Fudge Filling
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, in large bowl cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in mini chocolate chips and coconut. Press 3/4 of dough into sprayed 15″x10″ baking sheet pan (I use my fingers sprayed with nonstick spray). Set aside and prepare the fudge filling.

In a small saucepan, stir together sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Heat over low to medium-low heat just until chips are melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and walnuts. Mixture will be thick. Drop by spoonfuls over dough in pan. Evenly spread fudge filling over entire dough surface. Using your hands sprayed with nonstick spray, drop remaining 1/4 chocolate chip coconut dough by little bits evenly over surface of the fudge filling. Press down just a little to flatten dough bits. Bake 25 minutes. Remove and cool completely to cut into clean squares. Oh course, cut and eat sooner if you can’t wait!

Peanut Butter Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing earth-shattering here, just big, delicious cookies that were my total diet yesterday. Thought I would share…

Peanut Butter Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3¼ cups flour
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer in large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix thoroughly. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix until all combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Drop big rounded 2″ diameter scoops onto non-greased cookie sheet (I do eight cookies per sheet). Press down with fingers making a disc, then make cross marks with fork. These are big, so I press with fork around each cookie four times. Bake 10-11 minutes. Do not over bake! I pull mine out at 10 minutes so they remain soft inside. Grab a glass of milk and forget cooking dinner!
Makes approx 30 big cookies.

One Year Ago: Fruity Pebbles Cookies Fruity Pebbles Cookies

Two Years Ago: Chocolate Chip Toffee Shortbread Chocolate Chip Toffee Shortbread Bars

Three Years Ago: Baked Spasangna Baked Spasagna

Four Years Ago: Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie 1