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Peanut Butter Cookies

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The end of the year is approaching quickly and in attempts to clean out our fridge, I am trying to use everything up because I absolute hate wasting food. Since I’ve tried to cut down on eating peanut butter after reading the nutritional label, I had a jar of peanut butter left in the fridge. What better use than to make cookies? I first made these cookies in 7th grade cooking class and they only contain three ingredients: sugar, eggs, and peanut butter, how easy is that?

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients together and scoop into small 2 inch balls.
3. Roll the balls in sugar and use a fork to make the criss cross shape.
4. Bake for 12 minutes and enjoy!

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Nutella Cookies

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Some delicious Nutella cookies that my apartment mate and I whipped up a week ago on a Friday night when we were both bored and all the other apartment mates were out with their boyfriends. We make a great team, I mix up the dough while she scoops out the cookies. You can never go wrong with these heavenly chocolate hazel spread.

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Peppermint Kisses

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Some cookies I made for my Dad’s holiday party during the winter break.

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Saltine Toffee Cookies

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Although the title of this post reads “Saltine Toffee Cookies”, I consider these more of a candy due to the fact that the brown sugar and butter creates a toffee brittle that reminds me of my favorite candy bars-Skor and Heath. I have seen these recipe around the blog and was very curious to try, using saltine crackers in a dessert?? Also I am the hugest fan of any dessert with toffee in it! Random fact: You cannot eat more than 6 saltine crackers at once, apparently your throat gets dry and you cannot swallow. Anyways, these were pretty simple to make since they only require five ingredients and would make a great and inexpensive Christmas gift. Recipe is from All Recipes.

Ingredients
4 ounces saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
2. Line cookie sheet with saltine crackers in single layer.
3. In a saucepan combine the sugar and the butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Immediately pour over saltines and spread t cover crackers completely.
4. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate and top with chopped nuts. Cool completely and break into pieces.

Grade: A+
So delicious! And so sweet! Chocolate and toffee, what a delicious combination.

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Cook’s Illustrated Chocolate Chip Cookies

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There’s honestly almost nothing better than the perfect chocolate chip cookie, still warm from the oven with crispy edges and a soft middle. While many popular chocolate chip cookie recipes call from certain ingredient such as cake flour and bread flour, I prefer one that is as simple as possible since I live on campus and do not have access to a car. I have also seen some recipes that call for refrigeration of 72 hours however I am not that patient! That is what I love about this recipe, all the only unusual aspect is the browning of the butter, other than that they are just like any other chocolate chip cookie recipe. Even in my tiny ancient little oven these turned out delicious! Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated.

Ingredients
1¾ cups (8¾ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons (1¾ sticks) unsalted butter
½ cup (3½ ounces) granulated sugar
¾ cup (5¼ ounces) packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional)

Directions
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

2. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.

3. Add both sugars, salt and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand for 3 minutes, then whish for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using), giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.

4. Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use a #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet.

5. Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10-14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

Grade: A+
One of my friends looked me straight in the eye and said “These are really good, I mean it.” Now every time I get mad at him I threaten to not make cookies and then he apologizes. That’s how good these are.

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Peanut Butter Kisses

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As of today I am done with all my midterms until finals week! This means no more days of running on little sleep and instead relaxation until finals week. I’m even more excited because Thanksgiving is next week which means I get to go home! What better way to celebrate freedom and not having to spend every night at the library other than doing what I do best? Yes that means baking everyday and bombarding my apartment mates with tons of sugar. I actually first made these cookies in 7th grade cooking class. They are so easy to make since they only require 3 ingredients which I bought at an on campus market place using my dining dollars. Since peanut butter can be an overwhelming taste I decided to add a chocolate kiss on top.

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Three ingredients! How much more simpler can it get?

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Mix them all together. I spent 5 minutes looking for my mixer in my kitchen since it was misplaced. Good thing we only have a couple of cabinets.

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Roll into balls and then into the sugar. This is a bowl I found in my cupboard.

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Ready to bake!

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Place the kisses on top!

Ingredients
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
additional sugar for rolling
Hershey Kisses

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all the ingredients together. Scoop out a tablespoon of the dough and roll into balls.
3. Roll the balls in sugar.
4. Bake for 10 minutes and place a kiss in the center of the cookie after taking the cookies out from the oven.

Grade: A
One of my apartment mates told me these were delicious! Not to mention adorable looking as well. And with three ingredients, these are the easiest things I have ever made.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I bought one of those ginourmous 72 ounce chocolate chip bags from Costco and am planning on putting all that chocolate to good use! Cookies are definitely one option and these were made with the help of my apartment mate Diana.

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