Archive | January, 2012

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Brownies

28 Jan

Well, I have decide to lose some baby weight now that my son is almost eight months old. Preparing yourself to do shed some pounds really takes a lot when you love food as much as I do. I am proud to say I have stuck to it for almost two weeks and still managed to bake some delicious brownies. Well, I would call them blondies, but the recipe says brownies.

My husband has really put a hurting on them. I was afraid to even take a bite considering my self-control isn’t the best right now. I think I could take down an entire batch if I let myself. I did taste the batter before I baked them. It was delicious. My husband, who is the expert taste tester let me know they were very good and rich. They definitely fit the words “ooey gooey.”

Peanut Butter Brownies
Gooseberry Patch: sweet and Simple

1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. butter
2 c. brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. salt

Mix peanut butter and butter together; add brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour and salt. Spread into a greased 13″x9″ baking pan. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan.

I add about 1 cup of nestle semi-sweet chunks. Turns out they went really well with the brownies.

Thank you Gooseberry Cookbook for the great recipe.


Malted Milk Cookies

17 Jan

I started to put together a recipe for malted milk cookies. I think it could use some tweaks but my husband says, “ohh, they’re so good.” They’re buttery, crispy, and chewy. I can’t wait to share it with everyone. It’s the first recipe I’ve actually wrote down that I’ve made.

The other night Wesley, my husband, informed me I need to get more creative with my pictures. He was looking at our camera and said they were boring. So, this is my first attempt to being more creative.

Malted Milk Cookies

1 c. butter, room temperature
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 T. milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. malted milk
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
2 c. all-purpose flour
5 oz. box of whoppers, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the milk, egg, vanilla, and malted mix and continue mixing until just combined. In a separate bowl, add salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Combine flour mixture into the wet mixture. Stir in the coarsely chopped whoppers. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until the edges are lightly brown.

Mine yielded about three dozen with a small cookie scoop.


RIP hand mixer

14 Jan

Tragic news. My one and only mixer died the other night. Poor little hand mixer. I would like to say I could go out and buy a yummy Kitchenaid mixer, but looks like I’ll be making a trip to Walmart for a cheapo. I am definitely slowly saving up for one and putting in for every giveaway possible.

Sugar Cookie Bars!

12 Jan

I tried for the first time sugar cookie bars and I must say not bad! They are so much easier to just throw in a pan rather than making them as a drop cookie or a cut out cookie. I think if I were to do it different I would add less flour to the recipe though. Either way, love this recipe. Thank you to for this.

Sugar Cookie Bars

1 c. butter, room temperature
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla
5 c. flour
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1 tsp lemon zest (optional)

Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add one egg at a time. I mixed mine for about three minutes until it was creamy and fluffy. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk  together the flour, salt, and baking soda until combined.  Add the dry into the wet and mix until combined. Put into a greased baking sheet pan. I used my jelly roll pan (11 x 17). Bake at 375 for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.

On the prowl for a malted milk recipe

9 Jan

I insisted on my husband picking me up some malted milk the other night so I could bake with it. I went to use the recipe I had found and I’m just not thrilled with how it looks. I’m browsing around to see what I can put it in. I might even whip together a little recipe of my own for this. I know one thing, I better put something together for all the nagging I did to get the stuff.

I also have had a craving for some fresh bread. I have a recipe for amish bread, but I think I might try something new. I’ll definitely have to decide what to all make and get the move on it before the day passes me by.

So crunchy and chewy..

5 Jan

Okay, like I’ve been promising I have indeed baked some chocolate chip cookies. “Classic” chocolate chip cookies to be exact. I found the recipe on Sometimes or maybe most of the time I go ahead and change recipes around to my liking, but this one was perfect on its own. I did, however, decide to cut the recipe in half because it’s huge! So, enough with talking it up. Here it is.

“Classic” Chocolate Chip Cookies

yields 5 to 6 dozen

1c. vegetable shortening
1c. butter
1 1/2c. white sugar
1 1/2c. brown sugar
3 eggs2 t. vanilla
5 3/4 to 6c. flour
1 1/2t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
2 12oz bags of chocolate chips

Mix together the first four ingredients. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for at least three minutes. The batter will look extremely creamy.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix. Then add the rest of the flour mixture. Mix in the chocolate chip cookies.

Use a small cookie scoop and scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 to 9 minutes.

The recipe came from I’m very happy with them and apparently my husband was also.  He didn’t even share any with his co-workers today. He normally takes all of my baked goods in and shares them. I have my own little personal fan club there.

Just another hectic Monday.

2 Jan

So, I’m recovering from the holidays. I tried to blog earlier, but my son, Lucian, wasn’t allowing that. He is exactly seven months old today and a little spit fire! I also discovered his first tooth broke through today!

Anyhow, back on to baking I was thinking about making some chocolate chip cookies today. That is if I can manage to all my dishes done. I think I might browse to see if I can find a new recipe to try, possibly something unique. I’ll update later if and when I find the perfect recipe and get some pictures up to show them. Though, I kind of feel guilty for making some and not sharing them with my father. He’s only been asking my mother for months to make him some. Poor dad 😦