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Swappy Seconds

Another Blogger Sweet Swap has come and gone, and I have to say, this round was another huge success!  (Speaking of huge, if I want my jeans to continue to fit over my bum, I’m going to have to kick up my cardio during Sweet Swap time, no joke.)
Thanks to everyone who participated (again or for the first time), Amy & I hope you will continue to play and struggle to button your pants.  Totally worth it.

I had a hard time deciding what to make for this one, but after reading about Jessica’s Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies, and another similar recipe on the Food Network, I sort of fused the two together to work with what I had on hand.

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I know pumpkin has already exploded across the blogosphere, but whatevs. It’s delicious.  And throw some chocolate chips/chunks up in there?  The things that dreams are made of.

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The texture wasn’t as chewy as I’d hoped (should have followed Jess’ recipe closer) but they still turned out pretty amazing and I had a really hard time parting with these little guys.  Which further proves why I could never foster puppies or kittens.

I dare you to try and take one of those away from me.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
You’ll Need:
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chip chunks
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice

Directions:  Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then wet ingredients in a separate bowl with a hand mixer.  Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.  Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper, bake for 12-14 minutes and move to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

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So on the flipside of this swap, I also received my package in the mail this week from the lovely and clearly talented Terri from www.DessertorDiet.blogspot.com and all I can say is wow

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Girl, you outdid yourself.  And like them, I did.  More like loved.

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Chocolate and butterscotch chips, walnuts and coconut, on a buttery and crispy cookie crust…again.  Wow.  And what’s funny is normally I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but I am officially converted. 

Just, thank you. <3

Having said all that, it’s Friday, y’all and that makes me extremely happy.  This week’s been a little on the hellacious side, and most certainly on the long side.  I cannot wait to sleep in this weekend and catch up on hours of neglected TV.  I am, however, all caught up on American Horror Story, and if you are not watching it, well then I just feel bad for you.  Best new series in a long time.  Even if I do have to sleep with the nightlight on.  (Don’t judge me.)

Happy weekend, friends, take ‘er easy xo

Quick poll: Do you like scary movies/tv shows?  They give me nightmares, but I love to torture myself apparently. 

 

 

 


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How to Make the Easiest Peanut Butter Pie Ever

1. Be honest with yourself. (You’re probably going to make this thing at the last minute, so let’s not waste time reinventing the wheel.) AKA buy a delicious pre-made graham cracker crust.

2. Combine a myriad of delicious ingredients. Peanut butter? Yes. Dark chocolate peanut butter? Hellsyes. Cream cheese? I’d like to live inside this bowl. Oh hello there sugar and vanilla, I’d hoped you’d show up.

3. Grab a handful of wonderful.

4. Pull out your adorable little chopper and just to prove how teeny tiny it is, place Spudsley P. Tato on top to demonstrate how mini it is.

5. Sing the only Devo song you know while you whip it. Whip it good. (Then combine it).


6. Snuggle break!

7. Mix ‘summore and try not to eat the entire thing before it makes it to the pie shell. This is for someone’s birthday after all. Side note: Whatever is left in the bowl afterwards is free game. So the filling’s a little skimp and you have a stomach ache the rest of the day. Well worth it.

8. Make it pretty (aka fill in the empty spots…perhaps you went a little overboard with the licking-of-the-bowl thing…) and sing happy birthday as loud and obnoxious as you can so that no one notices the filling doesn’t quite reach the top of the pie.

9. Accept compliments freely and humbly. Example: “Yes I know. I’m amazing.”

Peanut Butter Pie with Reese’s
(Inspired by: Food & Wine)
You’ll Need:
Pre-packaged graham cracker pie shell
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup Jiffy natural peanut butter
1/2 cup PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
10 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, roughly chopped
1 cup heavy cream, chilled

Directions: In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butters, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla using an electric hand mixer. In a separate mixing bowl, whip heavy cream until firm. Fold in 2/3 cream to soften, then mix in remaining cream and 1/4 of the chopped Reese’s. Spoon peanut butter mixture into shell and top with remaining Reese’s. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving.

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Not that there was much of a chance this wouldn’t be the best thing ever… but it was pretty much the best thing ever. It was so easy to throw together and definitely will be a dessert I go to in the future for dinner parties, birthdays, holidays, whatever. I had to enforce major self-control as to not eat another piece or four. But then I remembered the embarrassing number of spoonfuls I had consumed that morning and decided it was for the best to just walk away. You win this round, will power.



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Favorites

This week was the mail-by date for me & Amy’s Blogger Bake Swap, and I can’t believe how many amazing bloggers we had participate!  Amy and I thought maybe this would just be an excuse to send each other more treats without judgment, but much to our pleasant surprise, there are a lot of you who love baked goods.  After my own heart, I tell you.

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So as we mentioned during the kick-off, the theme of this round was “Favorites”.  Everyone made one of their favorite cookies, brownies, muffins, whatever and sent them along to their partner.  This was hard for me.

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I’m not good at picking favorites.  Whether it’s friends, music, movies, whatever, there are just too many greats to choose from.  In a meeting the other day, they asked what album we’d take on a deserted island and I refused to answer.  Because I honestly could not choose.  Led Zeppelin…Bob Marley…Tribe Called Quest…Weezer…I can’t and I won’t choose!  Plus I’d probably already have my iPod on me anyways, so who even cares.

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This is why I love mixed tapes/CD’s.  You can take a few of your all time faves and smash them together into one super phenominal complilation.  But oh guess what… you can do that when you’re baking too.
Now when it comes to baked goods, there are a few standouts in my mind that I wanted to be able to combine.  For example, oatmeal cookies are my jam.  They’re oatmeal, so they’re healthy, so you can eat 27.  Fact.*

*My facts are not backed up by anything other than my personal sense of expertise.

I also love Heath bars.  And chocolate.  Done and done.

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I also love not feeling too super guilty about eating cookies so I used whole wheat pastry flour, honey and applesauce instead of flour, sugar and oil.  See?  Compromise is my favorite.

Jessica’s Favorite Oatmeal Cookies
You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup Heath pieces

Directions:  In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients, whisking egg into mixture.  Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Add chocolate chips and Heath, mixing until evenly blended.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350, place spoonfuls of dough on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until light/golden brown.  Place on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.

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So turns out these are pretty awesome.

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I hope Ashley thinks so too Winking smile

And if you sat out this round and want to participate next time- we will be doing a fall edition!  Mm mm, just think, pumpkin and spice.  You know you want to.

What’s your favorite baked good or dessert?

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