Chocolate Peanut Butter Munchies

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Are you tired of chocolate peanut butter recipes yet?  I sure hope not, because they are not going anywhere.  We (and especially TheBetterHalf) are just way too obsessed with that flavor combo! We have Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream in our freezer pretty much all the time.  It is a dangerous habit.

I’ve had my eye on this cookie recipe for a long time now.  I’ve seen them called Magic in the Middles, Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies, Buckeye Cookies – whatever they are called, a chocolate cookie with peanut putter filling is pretty much pure heaven!  First you make a basic chocolate cookie dough. Form it into balls and set it aside while you make the filling.  Mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar, and form that into little balls as well.  That stuff can be sticky!  I used slightly damp hands when I was making the filling balls, and that worked well for me.  Then you flatten out your cookie dough ball, place a peanut butter ball inside, shape the dough around the filling, and voila! I can see why people call them magic in the middles – you think it is just a simple chocolate cookie, but then you bite into it and there is sweet, peanut butter deliciousness!  Magic some might say.   Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookies – made using cornstarch

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This is not the first chocolate chip cookie recipe that I have posted on ChezCateyLou, and it certainly won’t be the last. There are just so many recipes out there for this classic cookie, and I love trying different versions! It also helps that TheBetterHalf loves chocolate chip cookies – have to keep him happy! I have made the Jacques Torres recipe and a recipe using browned butter, and I really love them both. But when I saw this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction, I wanted to try them because one of the ingredients intrigued me – cornstarch!  I have never used cornstarch in my baking.  The cornstarch makes the cookies light and fluffy, always a good thing in my book!    And wow, these cookies were so soft and fluffy!  The recipe uses dark brown sugar, which I love for chocolate chip cookies because it gives the cookie a caramel-y flavor that works so well with the chocolate chips.   I can’t wait to try cornstarch in other cookies recipes!  Continue reading

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

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How have I never made cookie bars before? That is really a great question, because these were SO easy and SO good.  I was sitting on the couch the other night, craving something sweet (by the other night I mean every night…) and decided I wanted to whip up something quickly.  No chilling of the dough or softening of the butter or getting out the heavy stand mixer (I love my mixer, but it is so darn heavy, and there is no room for it on our counter top!).  And then I stumbled on this recipe from Averie Cooks and had to make them immediately. It is seriously so easy! Just mix together the ingredients, spread it into a baking pan, and bake for about 20 minutes. Voila! Chocolate peanut butter heaven.  Continue reading

Oreo Inspired Cookies: Chewy Chocolate-White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When I came across this recipe, I was so intrigued.  A regular cookie that tastes like an Oreo?  A cookie dough that has no eggs in it? I knew I had to try it!  And I am so glad that I did, because these are delicious!!  The flavor does in fact remind me of an Oreo, although a much better one!!  The cookies are rich in chocolate flavor, and the white chocolate chips are the perfect complement to the fudgy cookie.  I have never baked cookies without eggs, but somehow it worked!  And because there is no egg in the dough I can eat it without TheBetterHalf telling me that I’m going to get salmonella! (TheBetterHalf: CateyLou is going to get salmonella. It’s inevitable. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.)  I ordered some of this cocoa powder from King Arthur Flour, and I think it is the best cocoa powder I have tried.  It is so rich in flavor!   Continue reading

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Today is TheBetterHalf’s birthday! His golden birthday to be exact, turning 28 on May 28! I had good intentions to bake him a cake yesterday, but the weather in NYC was absolutely perfect so we spent the day at Central Park with friends. When it is 70 and sunny, being outside trumps baking! (one of the very few things that trump baking) TheBetterHalf loves chocolate peanut butter anything, but I think his second favorite dessert is classic chocolate chip cookies. So instead of a cake, I have “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies” in honor of his birthday.   Continue reading

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

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This past weekend I was in my hometown of St. Louis. Apparently they skipped spring in the Lou and went straight to summer – it was so hot! Summer always makes me think of lemon desserts. The bright citrusy flavor and the yellow color reminds me of long sunny summer days.  So I decided to make these lemon ricotta cookies to celebrate the season. T hese cookies are like mini cakes!  They are light, fluffy, and moist. The lemon flavor in the actual cookie is subtle and when paired with the lemon glaze the flavor really pops.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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Chocolate and peanut butter is a popular combination in our kitchen. In fact, I think it might be our absolute favorite dessert flavor. We really can’t get enough chocolate peanut butter anything! I bought the cutest mini Reese’s peanut butter cups the other day, and they were just begging to be baked into a delicious peanut butter cookie! Let me tell you, these cookies are dangerous.  It is impossible to stop at one and still pretty hard to stop at 3… The cookie is so soft and chewy , and has a slight caramely flavor from the brown sugar. The peanut butter definitely shines through, and the mini reese’s get soft and melty. They are seriously addicting!   Continue reading

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

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Chewy chocolate cookies.  The name alone says it all – these cookies are to die for.  They have quickly made my list of top 5 favorite cookie recipes.  That is no small feat, because I am kind of a cookie addict.  They are rich and chocolaty from the cocoa powder and the chopped bittersweet chocolate.  If you are a chocoholic, you will love this recipe!  It is the kind of cookie that just begs for a glass of milk.  The dark corn syrup contributes to the most amazing chewy texture.  I definitely think you should add this cookie to your weekend baking lineup!  Ok, I realize that most normal people probably don’t have a weekend baking lineup. So just add it to your recipe list for the next time you want an amazing chocolaty cookie! Continue reading

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Let’s talk about chocolate chip cookies – life’s perfect cookie.  I think everyone likes chocolate chip cookies and it seems that everyone has their own favorite recipe.  I don’t discriminate, I like all different types of chocolate chip cookies – crispy, chewy, soft, I’ll eat them all.

But if you made me choose my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe,  it has to be Jacques Torres’.  The large size means that the edges are slightly crispy, while the inside is soft and gooey.  The caramel flavor of the brown sugar really shines through.  The sprinkling of sea salt at the end is the perfect compliment to the rich, dark chocolate.    I’m still open to other recipe suggestions, but I have tried quite a few different recipes and I keep coming back to this one.   Continue reading

Andes Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Confession: I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to cookies.  I probably eat at least 5 from every batch I make.  It is a problem.  Another confession: I don’t really like chocolate and mint together.  I mean, I’ll eat it, because it has chocolate in it, but it is not my first choice.  However I know others love it, so I decided to make some chocolate mint chip cookies this past weekend for a friend’s St. Patrick’s Day party.  Any recipe that will go over well with my friends but won’t force me to end up looking like this is a win-win if you ask me!  Continue reading