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Flourless Chocolate PB & Choc Chip Cookies

21 Nov

Are you a planner or someone who does things on the fly?  I ask because there may be some of you who are still trying to figure out something easy and portable to bring to the fam’s house for Thanksgiving.  Sure you could bring something classic like this, or this and then afterwards turn it into this.  

Somehow I think you all are more like the most interesting man in the world, and therefore, anything but traditional!  Why not try something different and a little outside of the box?  How about some Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies?  These cookies are quick, include just a few ingredients, and are oh so portable for those of you on the go.

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from a Claire Robinson recipe)

  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter from Peanut Butter & Co
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • sea salt to sprinkle

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, mix the dark chocolate peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla, until well combined. 

Spoon 1 tbs of dough mixture about 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets (I know, you don’t even have to grease them). Flatten the mounds with a fork, making a criss cross pattern on the cookies. Sprinkle coarse salt on top of the cookies.

Bake until the edges firm up, about 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway thorough baking. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks. Couldn’t be easier right?  If this is too chocolately, then feel free to use regular peanut butter.

Stay hungry my friends.

Summery Lemon Ricotta Cookies

28 Jul

Ahhh summer!  A time for picnics, baseball, bbqs, and generally spending time outside. 

That is, unless you live in the DC Area…which I do.  Summer in DC can be unbearable due to high humidity and even higher temperatures.  Please note, there are no pictures of me grilling, as the heat wave is wilting my hair and my appetite.  NOBODY PANIC!  My “reduced” appetite means I just need to stick to light and refreshing foods, like these Lemon Ricotta Cookies from Giada de Laurentiis.  These cool cookies are more like fluffy muffin tops (the desirable kind), and are delicious straight from the frosty fridge.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies (from a recipe by Giada de Laurentiis)

Cookie ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15-oz) container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested

Glaze ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 mins. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 2 tbs each) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 mins, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 mins.

Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-tsp onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hrs (if you can wait that long).

Oh and in case you are wondering…I couldn’t wait 2 hrs and ate these cookies while they were still gooey.