Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Not many words to describe these cookies...
dark...chocolate..peanut butter...cookies
It's like all my favorite words into one

I originally got this recipe from the Fitnessista. Her version is vegan. DON'T go anywhere yet. Just because I said the "V" word lol
They really ARE delicious. Although I changed her version a little. So mine turned out to be NOT vegan. So for those of you hiding behind the couch you can come out now.

To start out I got my inspiration from this lovely creation.
Ummm...heaven in a jar!
(Turns out there is some MILK in this product, so it's not Vegan)
Just in case you need a better look inside...

Have I convinced you YET that these cookies MIGHT be delicious?!?

Ok ok, lets just start from the beginning.
Combine the dry

Beat the wet ingredients in kitchen aid, but only for a few seconds so you can mix it together.

After you mix the wet, then add the dry. Once all mixed (Don't over mix) stir in dark chocolate chips...convinced yet??

Then scoop on cookie sheet and bake at 350

And when they come out they look like this...
And the inside looks like this =]

So if you still aren't convinced, well....thats NOT OKAY! =]

Just remember they have wonderful better for you ingredients, and its a wonderful way to indulge without feeling the guilt. Although that doesn't necessarily mean you have to eat the whole batch =] like me!

Ok so here is MY version of the recipe, but if you want to check out The Fitnessista version, feel free! I am sure hers is amazing too!

Click here for HERS.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Dry Ingredients:
2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 cup Dark chocolate peanut butter, or regular peanut butter...your choice
1 1/2 ts.p. vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 TB. Molasses
3/4 Cup pure maple syrup

1. Combine wet in one bowl, dry in another
2. Mix together, but careful not to overmix
3. Stir in chocolate chips
4. Scoop on baking pan with parchment paper, and bake at 350 for 11 minutes, then let rest 1 minute on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack.

*Side note*
I posted this recipe also for a few of my gluten free dairy free friends. This would work great for those of you with those certain diet restrictions, you just have to switch the flour to a Gluten free flour. If you cannot have peanuts, there are different types of spreads I know you can try, with an assortment of flavors. You can add cocoa powder, and less flour to make it more chocolatey if the spread your using isn't that good.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Smores Cake

Last time the hubbster and I were visiting my family, it was my lil bro's birthday. Guess what his favorite dessert is?? Smores! I know...such a dork!

Anyways, my mom wasn't just going to make smores for dessert, she got more creative, and made a smores cake.

Check it out. Super cute!
I love the tiny smores on top. They make me smile =]

Just thought I would share that with you.

Oh, and no baby...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Being a couple days away...hopefully...from being a new mom, I have alot of time on my hands, since I am playing the waiting game. And what better way to spend my time then doing something I LOVE..BAKE!

Except today was NOT my day for baking. Have you ever had to do THIS...
Thats right, I threw away a whole batch of red velvet cupcakes. I was SO disappointed! I had been SO excited because I had never made a red velvet cake, and wanted to try something new. Well it totally blew, tasted like pure OIL, and I couldn't even peel off the wrappers. SO with my hormones in some what of a rage, I grabbed them and threw them in the trash! Yes...I and I may have shed a tear...

Ok so after I sat on the couch and finished telling myself I was a failure...(I admit, I was being a big BABY...) I got up and decided I was better than that, and it really wasn't the end of the world. SO, I tried again. But I switched styles. Instead I tried out a recipe that I had been dying to try out.

So I followed the recipe to the EXACT, and then I baked it in the oven, and when it was done, I pulled it out. I let it cool, then went to take it out of the pans...and well...

THIS is what happened...
Yep, it fell apart. By this point, don't want to know what was going through my head, or coming out of my mouth for that matter =]...But let's just say I was NOT happy.

Well then I got to thinking, there HAS to be something to do with extra cake crumbs. I know I could have made a triffle, or even Cake Balls, but I had been there, done that, and didn't have all the right ingredients. And then I came up with this...

Cake in a Jar
1. Start with a jar, and scoop cake into the bottom.

2. Then add frosting on top.

3. Then repeat until you reach the top.
4. Close jar, tie with bow, make it look cute, and give it away as a gift =]

I was pretty proud of myself! I didn't think I could pull anything off at this point, but it ended up being a great success!

Cookies TO GO

Have you heard of Hungry-Girl?!?
If not you MUST check them out. They have tons of tips and tricks to cut back on your favorite foods, and make them a little healthier, A-LOT less in calories, and still delicious!

OK, so this morning I was eating some cereal, Fiber One if you must know =], and I noticed a recipe on the back from Hungry-Girl for these Grab N Go Breakfast cookies. They sounded really interesting, and I decided to give it a whirl.

Of coarse I added a few tweaks here and there, but they are pretty yummy! They are perfect for a snack after a work out, something to take on a hike, or a "Grab N Go" breakfast when your headed out the door in a hurry.

Tell me what you think? I am assuming you can try different types of flavors/varieties so get creative!

Grab N Go Breakfast Cookies
Recipe adapted from Hungry-Girl

1/2 Cup Old fashioned oats
1/4 cup + 2 TB Whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Splenda (I used organic vegan cane sugar)
2 TB. Brown sugar (I skipped this, but they definitely would have been a little sweeter with it)
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon (I added an extra 1/8th tsp nutmeg)
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar free vanilla powdered creamer (skipped this)
1/3 cup pureed peaches (found in baby food isle)
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin (I used 1 banana)
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (I used 1 egg)
1 TB. Golden raisins & 1 TB Craisins
* I also added 1 TB coconut, about 3 TB agave nectar, and I may have added 1-2 TB mini chocolate chips =], as well as 1 TB vanilla, flax seed, and wheat germ.*


1. Preheat oven to 375
2. In a food processor, grind up fiber one cereal until bread crumb consistency. Pour crumbs into a medium bowl. Then add oats, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. * If you want to add the nutmeg, do that here.
3. In another medium bowl, dissolve powdered creamer in 2 TB hot water. Then add peaches, pumpkin (or your choice of pureed fruit), egg substitute (or regular egg), and mix thoroughly. *If your going to add vanilla do it here*Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
4. Stir in raisins and craisins, and any other ingredients you prefer.
5. Scoop cookies onto prepared greased baking sheet. Flaten top of cookies just a little with a spoon.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
7. Grab N Go