Monday, September 22, 2014

Oreos O' Oreo

I love original double stuffed Oreos. In college they were my go to staple if I needed to pull an all-nighter studying and I can and have, easily eaten them by the sleeve with a huge glass of milk. Nabisco has started coming out recently with some “interesting” limited edition flavors and I have always been skeptical of these new flavors. I figure why mess with a good thing, but variety as they say, is the spice of life. I hardly ever buy Oreos anymore, due to my inability to just eat a few, but my husband was sent home with a box of Limeade Oreos after I voiced my above mentioned skepticism to his boss. I like the flavor lime but have never been a huge fan of Oreo cookies that do not use the chocolate cookies, that being said I tried to go in with an open mind. The limeade cookies were surprisingly refreshing. Did I want to dunk them in milk and eat them by the sleeve no, but they were an interesting hybrid of limeade Kool-Aid and those lemon Girl Scout cookies, lemonades. For a summer cookie flavor they surprised me by far exceeding my expectations and fairly accurately depicting an actual lime flavor. Do they replace regular Oreo cookies as my favorite? No, but as I happily munch on one, spilling cookie crumbs all over my keyboard in the process; I would say they did okay.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Festive Chocolate Snowflake Peanut Butter Cookies

Tis' the time of year when you are asked to make holiday treats for every party, gathering, and the  occasional Tuesday. I had already made bark for my husbands work and when my holiday work party came around I wanted to bake something different. I love those peanut butter kiss cookies and in a fit of inspiration at Target, I found a bag of dove chocolates with embossed snowflakes on them and they looked much more festive than normal Hershey kisses. And lets' face it there is nothing wrong with Hershey but Dove is oh so good.

Word to the warning, it takes a lot loooonger for the dove chocolate to set up after you put them on the cookies. It was like hot, melting to the touch, two hours after I had made them. I finally put them in the fridge for a bit and they set right up. So moral of the story, let them cool on a baking rack till the cookies are cool and then put them in the fridge afterwards for about an hour to set up the chocolate. Also, try really hard not to touch the chocolate before its set or you will smear your beautiful snowflakes. You have been warned!

Recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 stick Salted Butter, (its what I had on hand, if you use unsalted butter I would add a pinch of salt to the recipe) softened to room temperature  
1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup White Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour

First in a small bowl combined the flour and baking soda. Next in a large mixing bowl, use either a hand-held mixer or stand mixer, and cream together the butter and the brown and white sugar on medium speed.

After they are creamed together, mix in first the peanut butter, then egg, and lastly the vanilla. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 

After everything is mixed together, slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. I usually do this step with a wooden spoon but you can continue to use the mixture if you prefer. Make sure you mix to just combine the ingredients. You do not want to over mix the dough. After you are done, place the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use either an ungreased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll about 1 1/2 tbsps. of dough into a ball. Place them on the cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes. Cookies will be soft and puffy when they are done.
While the cookies are baking unwrap the chocolates and try to not eat all of them in the process. After the cookies are done take them out and place them on a cooling rack. Place a chocolate snowflake in the center of each cookie and press down lightly.
After the cookies have cooled, place them in the in the fridge for about an hour to set up the chocolate.