Monday, March 19, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies for a client appreciation party and goodbye party for my boss at work.  We catered food from Corner Bakery and I made the desserts.  These cookies went faster then the sandwiches!  Everybody loved them.  They don't taste super peanut buttery, but they are delicious.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies - adapted from How Sweet Eats
Yield: makes about 18 cookies
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
8 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
6 Tablespoons of Creamy Peanut Butter, melted and cooled
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk, at room temperature
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Add butter and peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 30 second increments until melted. Let cool completely.
  3. Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. 
  4. In another bowl, mix the cooled butter/peanut butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. 
  5. Gradually add flour and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together.  Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop or tablespoon measurement. Place on a baking sheet two inches apart and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. The centers should be soft and puffy. Do not over bake. Let cool completely.
  7. Enjoy!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Guinness Brownies

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Here is a great easy recipe for a St. Patty's Day party!  The beer flavor is there, but very subtle.  Very festive if you are drinking Guinness today!

Guinness Brownies,  Adapted from
Yield: makes 16 brownies
6 oz dark semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup, plus 1 Tbs butter, soft
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup Guinness Beer
1 eggs
2/3 cups flour
4 Tbs dark cocoa powder
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Take an 8x8 pan, and put a sheet of parchment paper down on the bottom of the pan. I then spray the top of the parchment, and the sides of the pan with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Take the chopped chocolate and microwave it for 90 seconds.  Whisk the chocolate until very smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the beer and beat until well combined.
  5. Beat the eggs in one at a time, until they are completely mixed in, then slowly beat in the cooled melted chocolate.
  6. Sift the flour and coco together, and then slowly add it to the batter, mixing in until it is just combined.
  7. Add the chocolate chips, and mix until just combined.
  8. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and spread evenly to the edges.
  9. Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Do not over bake!
  10. When the brownies are finished, let them cool completely before cutting into them for the cleanest cut.
  11. Enjoy responsibly!