Friday, December 19, 2014

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

If you are a peanut butter fanatic, you will love these Double Peanut Butter Cookies. A classic peanut butter cookie is loaded with lots of peanut butter chips for ultimate flavor. Delish! 

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

There are two kinds of peanut butter people, a) you like peanut butter (how can you just like it?), and b) you are a crazed peanut butter lover (like me). I've never met a person who does not like peanut butter. I know they exist, but they are few and far between.

Have you ever been disappointed in a peanut butter cookie? Your anticipation is high, mouth is watering. You take a bite only to be met with a dry, crumbly cookie that tastes faintly of stale peanut butter. Ya. It's happened to me too. I used to think I just didn't like peanut butter cookies (how was this possible!?), but then I found that I'd been fed/eating the wrong PB cookies.

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm a soft, chewy, melt-in-your mouth cookie kind of girl. So, of course, this cookie is just that. Soft, flavorful, chewy and moist, and most importantly, peanut buttery.

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Peppermint Bark Pretzels

A sweet and salty combo, spiked with a hint of peppermint! These Peppermint Bark Pretzels are incredibly easy to make and beyond delicious. Share at a party or potluck and they will disappear quick!

Peppermint Bark Pretzels

Since fall began, I've been talking about making Peppermint Bark. Guess what, I STILL HAVEN'T MADE ANY! This upsets me, however, these Peppermint Bark Pretzels were a spur-of-the-moment, off-the-cuff, impromptu (lots of words that all mean the same thing) magic happening. We had pretzels to use and I wanted something minty. Voila!

Peppermint Bark Pretzels

Let me break down what happened in my kitchen last weekend. I baked. For 10+ hours straight. I wanted a baking day with my mom and sister, and boy, did I get one. We made countless dozens of cookies. Three batches (one batch made approx. 30 cookies) of peanut butter cookies, three batches of White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies (coming soon!), these Peppermint Bark Pretzels and I'm pretty sure one other thing, but I just can't remember what it was.

By 11:00 p.m. I was exhausted, but that exhaustion turned into excitement as I brought in these pretzels. I let them sit outside in the cold, Kansas air to chill because my fridge was full. Don't judge. Bugs are dead by now, they were fine.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pick 6: Vol. 2

In this Pick 6, we share six of our favorite Pins of all time. From food to crafts and beyond! 

So it seems like you guys really like when we share other recipes that we've enjoyed. We always get a really positive response from that and wanted to start sharing on a more regular basis.

In this Pick 6 series we are sharing six recipes, crafts, ideas, etc. that we have found on Pinterest. It was incredibly hard to only pick 6, so you better believe there will be more posts like this to come.

Pick 6 Vol 2 - Favorite Pins Ever

Bourbon Ham - We used this recipe for Thanksgiving, but tweaked this a bit: bake for one hour, then apply glaze every 20 minutes for remaining two hours. The glaze gave the ham a wonderful smoky flavor, bold, but still sweet. I'm sharing it in case you want to make ham for Christmas.   :)

Dollar Store Cake Stands - I've made several of these because they are so cute and I feel that I need one in every color! Make sure to use paint that is made for glass, clean and fully dry your pieces before painting and always hand wash. For a few bucks, you can't go wrong.

Strawberry Yogurt Cake - This cake is sinful. It's so fresh! It was one of the very first things I ever pinned on Pinterest. I've made this cake several times and absolutely devour it. Remember, I don't usually eat too many of the treats I bake. This is one of those exceptions. Obviously it's a good spring/summer dessert, but maybe winter needs a splash of fresh strawberries too?

Kitchen Cheat Sheet - Anyone who spends time in the kitchen needs on of these. I love how thorough this one is. All in one printable. You might have to crop it to get it to print nicely. I just pull mine up on my phone when I need it.

Rainbow Peanut Noodles - I'm lucky to have a hubby who will join me in meatless dinners some nights. I just get sick of meat sometimes, ya know? We cook mostly chicken and sometimes you need a break, but you still need substance. That's where this recipe comes in. We usually make a bigger batch and eat off of it for the week. We've made it countless times and it's one of Dave's favorite meatless meals. Ali at Gimme Some Oven takes some pretty amazing photos too.

Washi Tape Spatulas - I'm going to make some of these this coming week. I LOVE them. How cute. I thought they would make nice gifts.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cherry White Chocolate Almond Scones

These delicious scones are made with butter, thus creating a wonderful crust and tender, flaky center. Then, they are sweetened with a touch of almond extract (my fave!). Throw in white chocolate chips, dried cherries and almonds to add a sweet, tangy, nutty and wonderful flavor.

Cherry White Chocolate Almond Scones

Cherry, white chocolate, almond scones. Say it three times fast! It might seem like a mouthful, but you won't complain once a bite of these tender, flaky, flavor-packed scones hits your taste buds. In fact, the only thing you will be able to do is stuff your mouth FULL of them.

I became very addicted to scones when I worked in a bakery/ice cream parlor during high school. Thank goodness for cheerleading and the sweet (and missed) metabolism of a teenager. I have no idea how I stayed in shape while eating baked goodies and ice cream for dinner four times a week....

 The local bakery I worked for was a cheat though. They didn't make their scones from scratch. Yet, they were still delicious. However, after experiencing homemade scones from much higher quality bakeries, I became determined to create my own perfect scone recipe.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Caramelized Onion & Garlic Green Beans

Caramelized red onion and garlic add robust flavor to sweet, sauteed green beans. This dish comes together quickly and can be eaten as a side, or served with steamed white rice as a light meal. 

Carmelized Onion & Garlic Green Beans

Growing up I was an extremely picky eater. I have to admit that I am still a little guilty of being unreasonably picky. Vegetables were one of my biggest NO's as a child. I really didn't care what it was, I wouldn't eat it, simply because it was not bread or meat. Don't even get me started on peas. I have strong memories of gagging on them at the kitchen table. I never had to clean my plate, but my mom always encouraged a "no-thank-you" bite. I'd let my veggies sit until they were cold and icky, then choke down a bite. Uck.

Fortunately for my taste buds, I never grew out of my carb obsession. It's just a rather unfortunate obsession for my pants...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fudgy Reese's Chip Cookies

Butter and cocoa pair to make a decadent, fudgy cookie. This recipe is easy, and the cookies are an absolute favorite, featuring crispy edges with fudgy centers, and dotted with Reese's peanut butter chips. Yum!

Fudgy Reese's Cookies

These cookies, oh these cookies. I've made these fudgy cookies a gazillion times, and they always come out delicious. This is my most requested baked good. My neighbors can attest for how wonderfully chocolatey they are and just how often I bake them.

I also don't typically eat many of the baked goodies I make. Usually, I have a sample to see how it came out, then force the remainders on my husband. Mean, I know. But seriously, we share a lot of food. We have to. There's no way we could eat everything my kitchen produces. However, these Fudgy Reese's Chip Cookies are my kryptonite. I always have a few straight from the oven. And, since they store well, I always have several more in the following few days.

Fudgy Reese's Chip Cookies

Countless, countless batches of these Fudgy Reese's Chip Cookies have come from my kitchen. I give them as birthday gifts, make them for potlucks, or make them so I can eat them for breakfast. They are soft and chewy, with a slight crisp on the edges. The texture of the center of the cookie reminds me of a brownie, and then there's the peanut butter chips....