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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding Cookies

This is real. This is happening. I made up a recipe and everyone needs to make it.

You guys, I really like cookies. Surprise!

I bought banana pudding for our food blog, Food365. I didn’t use all of it, so I had to decide what to do with the rest of it. I love pudding cookies, so that seemed like a good way to go. And what goes well with bananas? Peanut butter. And what goes well with peanut butter? Chocolate. And that’s how this happened.

A real, actual recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 box instant banana pudding mix

Directions

  1. Beat egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Mix in flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for approximately 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Grease cookie sheet.
  6. Scoop chilled dough onto cookie sheet.
  7. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Shovel into face.

I didn’t take pictures as I was making it because I didn’t know that I was going to blog about it. But the only picture that really matters is the final result, yes? So here it is:

 


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Homemade Pizza

I made pizza yesterday and now I cannot stop eating it.  I had gotten the recipe from a friend and added a few things here and there. Not only did it come out surprisingly delicious, it is slightly healthier so I don’t feel as guilty eating it, and it also came out round!  If that is not a pizza success, I really do not know what is.

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Ingredients

15 oz (1 package) of Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

2 Chicken Cutlets

Greek Yogurt (approx 2/3 cup)

Asparagus

Mushrooms

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Olive Oil

Garlic

Mozzarella and Parmesan

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 400

Rinse chicken, cut into strips, and season with lemon pepper then set aside.

Cut mushrooms and asparagus to a size of your liking, rinse and then set aside.

In a nonstick skillet or pan, add olive oil, garlic, salt, and seasoned chicken.  Wait until chicken is nearly cooked all the way through, and then add your veggies.

While everything is cooking, start stretching, kneading,rolling your dough.  This is the hardest part…ugh.  Do anything you can to get it into a shape.  It does not have to be perfect. I luckily have a pizza pan at home (thank you great grandma!) so I rubbed olive oil on the bottom to prevent the dough from sticking and placed my dough here.

Time to add the Greek yogurt.  Add enough to where the bottom is covered, but remember to leave room for your crust!

Everything should be done cooking in your skillet, so scoop out your ingredients and place them on top of your yogurt covered pizza.

Sprinkle a bit of parm on top of everything, and then cover with cheese.

Place in oven and cook anywhere from 10-20 mins.  (It really depends on the dough and your oven.  Just watch to prevent burning.)

I cannot wait to continue making pizza.  I really want to experiment with all different types of ingredients.  Maybe the next one will include some turkey bacon!


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Red Velvet S’mores Cupcakes

Ladies and gentlemen, I have done it. I have reached the pinnacle of baking and created my personal masterpiece: the red velvet s’mores cupcakes.

Let me explain how this cupcake came to be. A couple weeks ago, I made chocolate cupcakes and brought them into work for our other blog, Food365 (seamless self-promotion, ohhh yeah). My friend and coworker had just put in his two weeks notice that day, so I told him that, on his last day, I would have to make “some more cupcakes.” And he immediately said “s’mores cupcakes?” So I decided that it must be done. Then, my other friend and coworker also put in her notice (it was a sad week), and her favorite type of cupcake is red velvet. Since her last day was Friday and his last day was Monday, I decided to combine their cupcakes into one super cupcake.

And the results were glorious.

These were my ingredients (not pictured: butter). Yes, I used boxed cake. I mean, I love my coworkers, but not enough to make them cake from scratch. I’m not crazy.

For the graham cracker crust, I crushed up graham crackers and mixed it with melted butter, then put it in the bottom of the cupcake holder thingies (that’s a technical term).

Then I just poured the cake batter in like I would for normal cupcakes. Because of the graham cracker crust, there was a bunch of cake batter leftover. So I just made some regular red velvet cupcakes that I kept for myself.

My next steps, none of which I took pictures of for someone reason were as follows:

  • Bake cake according to the box.
  • Let cool.
  • Scoop out a little bit of cake from every cupcake.
  • Cut marshmallows in half (alternatively: buy smaller marshmallows or use fluff).
  • Shove half a marshmallow into each cupcake.
  • Ice with chocolate frosting.
  • Top with crumbled graham crackers and Teddy Grahams.

And they came out really, really good:

I cut one in half so you could see the inside, but it kind of fell apart:

These cupcakes were so good. A couple of my coworkers ate two or three of them. I was told these were the best cupcakes they’d ever had. I mean, I thought they would be good, but I was surprised by how much people actually liked them, seeing as how I totally just made up the recipe.

I’m really happy with these, and I think everyone should try them. And it doesn’t hurt that they are pretty damn cute too!

 

 


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Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Hanukah! Happy Four Day Weekend!

Editor’s Note: I know that the internet has named this holiday Thanksgivukkah, but can’t we all agree to call it Thanksukah? That’s what I named it a long time ago. My family jumped on board. It just sounds better to me. It’s more equally balanced between the two holidays. Thanksgivukkah puts the emphasis on Thanksgiving, and that’s just rude.

And now we return to our regularly scheduled donut.

I usually make dessert for family gatherings, and this year I was looking for a dessert that encompassed both holidays in question. Anything involving apple or cinnamon is traditional Thanksgiving food. Jelly donuts (or rather, sufganiyot) are traditional Hanukah food. So I decided to combine the two, and make apple cinnamon donuts. I’ve never made donuts before, and honestly I’m kind of scared of hot oil, so I found this recipe for baked apple pie donuts, and I went with it.

It also helped that I also happened to have all of the ingredients in my house already, and laziness always prevails.

I put my boyfriend in charge of mixing all the dry ingredients while I battled my arch nemesis, the peeler.

The mix went from looking pretty disgusting to looking like vomit, so things were looking pretty hopeful.

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I was seriously not sure how this was going to turn out.

While it was baking, we got the melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar ready to dip the donuts in.

They actually didn’t look all that bad when they came out of the oven.

They didn't look that good either...

They didn’t look that good either…

And they looked even better once they were drenched in butter and sugar and cinnamon.

They actually tasted pretty good in the end. I was pleasantly surprised.

Happy Holidays, everyone.


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Pumpkin Cookies!

So, to follow up on Amanda’s post yesterday about being healthy around the holidays, here you have a nice sugary cookie recipe. Maybe we can use her tips and just have one or two cookies? It hasn’t worked for me the past two days since I made these on Sunday evening and as of Tuesday they were basically gone. I just can’t help it, these are my favorite fall cookie recipe and it’s becoming a tradition for me to make them each year. Now, after eating all of these, I’m heading home tonight to continue indulging in delicious food that my parents are cooking for the rest of the weekend, and I don’t even really feel bad because I never cook such wonderful things for myself here. So, I’m going to try to control myself, but probably will go eat the rest of the plate of cookies that I have and just carry on until Sunday when I will, most like, have to purchase an additional seat on my flight home to fit my enormous self into a tiny airplane for the journey back to Philly.
Here is there recipe that I used, and some pictures (no selfies this time, sorry!)

A few notes on the recipe- I think that the walnuts and raisins are optional. I did put walnuts in the batch, and have never used raisins. Chocolate chips are also great. I also did not make my own icing (fail) but the store bought kind works just as well, it’s just a bit thicker I think, although the orange and rum flavor that she suggests might be cool. Next time I’ll try that if I’m feeling more ambitious.

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