Peanut Butter Love

Every once in awhile I get this HUGE craving for peanut butter and today was no exception.  What I really wanted was a quick and easy yummy dessert, without a lot of effort, but that’s also gluten free.  Enter…the flourless peanut butter cookie.  🙂  (Make sure to use all gluten-free ingredients)

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Total time: 40 minutes – Makes 36 cookies

Peanut Butter Love

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

Heat over to 350º F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.  In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until smooth.

Shape dough into small balls and place 2″ apart on lined baking sheets.  Using the tines of a fork, flatten each ball in a crisscross pattern.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until puffed and golden.  Let cookies cool slightly then transfer to a rack to cool completely.  Cookies will deflate as they cool.

Enjoy…and try not to eat them all in one sitting!  🙂

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

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Strawberry Delight!

IMG_1480Today is National Pick Strawberries Day, so we decided to celebrate by visiting our local strawberry patch – The Girls Strawberry U-Pick in Delray Beach, FL.  My son loved running up and down the aisles picking the biggest & brightest strawberries he could find.  It was a little slice of country right in the city.  🙂

Whether you enjoy picking your own from the farm or from your local supermarket – grab a handful and try this incredible recipe from Sip. Saute. Savor.

Chocolate-Covered-Grand-Marnier-StrawberriesDark Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Grand Marnier

Ingredients:

  • 1 package very large strawberries (about 10 berries)
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (I like Ghiradelli Intense Dark)
  • 1 Tablespoon solid shortening or butter
  • 1-2 ounces Grand Marnier (other options are Frangelica, Chambord,Cointreau or Amaretto)
  • Mini dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed oreos, melted white chocolate (optional)

Directions:

The best way to prepare for this recipe is to make a rectangular piece of Styrofoam and cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. If you do not have any Styrofoam handy you can easily place the chocolate covered strawberries on a piece of wax paper to dry.

Wash strawberries, leaving stems and leaves intact, then pat dry. Inject the Grand Marnier into each strawberry being careful not to overfill.

To melt dark chocolate, place chocolate, broken into pieces, into a 4-cup microwave safe measuring cup. Add shortening/butter and place in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and, if not all melted, repeat on high for 30 additional seconds. Make sure you stir well and give the chocolate that is still in pieces time to melt. Do not overheat.

Take strawberries and spear with a toothpick (if using a Styrofoam form) then, one at a time, swirl gently in warm dark chocolate covering about 3/4 of the strawberry.

Optional: Roll immediately in mini dark chocolate chips, crushed oreos or finely chopped nuts. You can also add a drizzle of melted white chocolate once the dark chocolate has cooled.

Place toothpick into Styrofoam and let dry. If just using only wax paper you can hold the strawberry stem and swirl it in the chocolate then set onto the wax paper to dry.

Makes 10 chocolate covered strawberries.

Option: You can add 1 Tablespoon of cream and 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier directly into the chocolate for dipping and eliminate the need for injecting into the berry with a syringe.

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A Sweet Treat for any Occassion

chocolatechip2Today we celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day and what better way to honor these sweet, delicious morsels of heaven than to give you 10 recipes to choose from! Or, if you’re like me, you can just grab a handful out of the bag and enjoy right away!  Nom Nom Nom!

  1. Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
  2. Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips
  3. Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies
  4. Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  5. Chocolate Butterscotch-Chip Cookies
  6. Reverse Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  7. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
  8. Chocolate Chip Shortbreads
  9. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (video recipe)
  10. Emeril’s Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pie

Resources:

Delish.com

WomensDay.com

Allrecipes.com

Sip. Saute. Savor.

MarthaStewart.com

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It’s National Butterscotch Brownie Day!

I’ve never had a butterscotch brownie before, but I love butterscotch candies and who doesn’t love brownies?!, so the combination only makes sense!  Check out this recipe from AllRecipes.com and if you’re up to baking this holiday weekend, let me know how they turned out!

butterscotchbrownies

Ingredients – Makes 32 bars

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8″ square baking pan.
  2. In large bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar, egg, & vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, walnuts, & salt.  Slowly add the egg mixture to the shortening mixture and stir until blended well.  Spread dough evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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