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Monday, February 21, 2011

Bow Chicka Bow Wow

(Sorry for the lateness of the post today! -- almost 12 hours i know... -- Sleep didn't catch up with me until around 1:00 this afternoon.)

        I'll openly admit it. Peanut butter makes me excited. Not like "OMG WATERPARK!" excited, i mean like "let's put on some Barry White and cuddle" kind of excited. (*wink wink, nudge nudge*) So needless to say, when Valentine's day came around, i had to make something involving peanut butter.

        If you could see my favorites, you would probably be as confused as hell. I have unorganized pages and organized folders everywhere. The most recent of which, have been recipes and tutorials from Craftster, so when i went looking through my abomination of a favorites list for something peanut butter -- i had plenty to choose from!

This week's Awesome-Monday-Craft-Slash-Recipe-Thingy (need to find a better name for that...) is of course Redflags' luscious "Chocolate-covered oatmeal peanut butter sandwich cookies"

These cookies -- despite the horrible twinge of pain in my mouth from a missing cap -- were to-die-for! They were soft and gooey and almost exactly like those oatmeal cream pies from Little Debbie, except with more peanut butter and drizzled in chocolate! Although Redflag's turned out much much prettier and perfectly round, they were still snapped up quicker than i could sandwich them!

Ingredients:  (This is still Redflag's recipe, i'm merely  making comments where i changed things)
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour (All purpose)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (I attempted to double the batch and added too much, they ended up spreading out super thin)
  • 1 tsp baking powder (i probably didn't add enough of this!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks softened)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used creamy here too, my boy hates chunky lol)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 6 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use crunchy here. It'll be icky.)
  • 5 tbsp heavy cream (we bought heavy whipping cream instead. not sure if it's the same thing, but it turned out perfect!)
(for the drizzle)
  • 1 bag of your favorite chocolate chips/melting chocolate (12 oz)
  • 3 tbsp shortening
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (She forgot to add that to the original recipe, but it's posted in the comments later.)
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  • In a separate bowl cream the butter, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time incorporating each one thoroughly before adding the next. 
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Add the oats. 
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment lined (or in my case cooking spray'd) baking sheet and flatten. (If you don't flatten them, they turn out kinda lumpy and oddly shaped. But don't flatten them too much, or they'll goo everywhere and will be burnt cracker things.)
  • Cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. (Like she mentions, they're going to look like they're not finished. They are. Let them finish cooking/cooling on the pan before you remove them.)
  • While cookies are cooling, make the filling by pretty much just dumping all the "filling" ingredients into a bowl and mixing it. you can't really go wrong with it. (You will have to have a wooden spoon handy to smack any boyfriend-vultures away though, or you will not have any left to fill the cookies with. Same with the cookie dough!)
  • To make the chocolate drizzle (Which we totally forgot to do and ended up just microwaving some hershey's chocolate chips and sticking it in a piping bag...) Place your favorite melting chocolate in a double boiler. Melt with 3 tbsp of shortening and stir until completely smooth.
  • Assemble the cookies by globbing a tablespoon of filling onto the bottom of a cooled cookie. Place another cookie (top up, so the bottoms face eachother) on top and smush down carefully so the filling distributes evenly. Set aside. 
  • Place your chocolate in a ziploc baggie or a piping bag, and snip off the end (tiny!) drizzle warm gooey goodness in a zig-zag pattern (or smiley face, or hypnotic swirls, or pretty much whatever you like.. it's your cookies!) 
  • OM NOM NOM until they're gone. (Okay i added that last part...)
 Anyways, these cookies are da bomb. However, due to the fact that boy was impatient and i was sore from bending over the stove/sink all day, they turned out a wee bit soggy. We ended up refridgerating them to firm them up and ended up letting them get REALLY hard. (Which is still good, they were amazingly tasty...) but they did give me the worst tooth pain in ages. Seriously, these things are rich. It was hard to eat more than one at a time o.O

(Pure om nom nom...)

        Next week (as soon as the weather is nicer so i can get some better light...) I'm showcasing a pattern for a crochet'd bikini top (which i am totally wearing right now...) which can be made in just about any size and is soooooooo comfortable!

        Remember, if you'd like me to try a recipe or a pattern (as long as they're free) feel free to drop me a comment or an email and i'll see what i can do! :-D



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