Last Saturday I treated myself to the “chocolate brownie a-la-mode” pedicure at Spa in the Valley. It was divine! However, as a result, I was seriously jonse-ing for a real brownie when I got home, but I had no brownie mix in the house. And after this recipe, I don’t know that I will ever buy box brownies again! These were incredibly easy and quick to make and they came out delish. Thank Allrecipes. Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
- In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not over-cook.
Happy New Year!!! I know, it’s been a while. Holidays… Travel… Illness… It all takes time. But I’m back! So let’s kick off the new year with a sweet treat!
First off, a confession: I have a weakness, ok I have many–one of which is peanut butter. I think if you put peanut butter on a rock I’d eat it; that’s how deep my love goes. (And for the record, Sarge–my dog–feels the same.) So when I came across this recipe I knew I had to try it. And boy was it worth it. A friend of mine made these before I did and had one word to say, wow. I agree. Let me know what you think!
Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
For the centers, mix the peanut butter and sugar together (you may need to use your hands). Form into approximately 30 balls and flash freeze on a baking sheet.
While they’re chilling, make the cookie dough:
- Beat the butter, sugars and peanut butter together until mixed.
- Add in the vanilla and egg and beat to combine.
- Gradually add in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda until blended.
- Remove the peanut butter centers from the freezer, and shape the cookie dough around the ball until completely covered.
- Flatten the cookies with a sugar-dipped glass.
- Bake on 375 F for 7 to 9 minutes, until tops of cookies just begin to crack.
Tara’s Tip: Next time, I would flatten the cookies and then sprinkle the sugar on top. I kept dipping my glass in water before the sugar and flattening in step 5 and I didn’t feel there was enough sugar on the cookies using this process.