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Snickers Cupcakes

Easily one of the best cupcake recipes I've come across, these chocolate cupcakes have middles that are filled with bits of snickers covered in homemade caramel sauce. What, did your teeth just tell you to stay away from these? You may want to make a dentist appointment after eating them, but they're amazing and will charm the pants off of your everyone at your party when you bring them out!

Chocolate Dump Cake

It may not have the prettiest title, but this chocolate cake is so easy that you'll actually volunteer to bring it to family functions. No kidding! With a shockingly low amount of ingredients, this chocolate cake spans seasons. Need a quick dessert for dinner? Dump cake. Need to bring a cake into work when you don't care enough to bake something for people you don't even like? Dump cake.

Red Velvet Cupcakes + Cream Cheese Icing

You only turn 26 once, and when you do you should celebrate with Red Velvet! These cupcakes come with a long line of recommendations and will not disappoint. Scouts honor.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Recently I've noticed (and have partaken in) a lot of posts and Pinterest links comparing food to crack. My last post was about how peanut butter is my crack. The dip I'm making for this weekend is called "apple crack dip". Now I'm no Walter White, my understanding of crack is mostly that it's whack, but I can understand and appreciate how people are finally talking about food addiction like it's no joke! I'm not a drug addict, but I can secretly eat Wheat Thins like it's an obsession. One of my best buds has had a Cheez-It overdose, literally throwing up Cheez-Its. Is it pretty? No. Is it like being addicted to crack? Yeah, probably not. But for us white bread folks who get spooked by needles and pass out when we see blood, it's close enough.

Let me just clear the air here and say that I've never free based peanut butter. Have I ever thought about free basing chicken nuggets? Perhaps.

Now that we've gotten that off of our collective chests, let's talk about this week's recipe. With this cookie we're heading back into familiar peanut butter territory. A chocolate peanut butter cookie is an amazing base, but inside the cookie there is more peanut butter. More peanut butter! Ah!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
From: Big Flavors from A Tiny Kitchen

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar  (and more for rolling the cookies later)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter (you'll use it in 2 parts)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375. Use parchment paper if you have it.

2. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together.

3. In a mixer, blend the sugars, butter and 1/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg, and beat until combined. Stir in the flour mixture and combine well.

4. In another bowl, blend the powdered sugar and remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter together until smooth to create the filling.

5. To lay out the cookies, flatten a tablespoon of dough with your hands. Take about 1 teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture and place it in the center of the dough. Wrap the chocolate dough edges up around the peanut butter ball and roll the cookie in your hands to completely envelop the peanut butter. Roll the cookie in sugar. Place cookies on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and flatten each cookie using the bottom of a glass. The cookies should be able 1/2 inch thick.

6. Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes (I had good luck baking at 8 minutes). Keep on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and move to a cooling wrack.

If you follow the directions properly, your cookies will come out thicker/puffier than mine. I added some ingredients a little late when I made these, so they came out flatter than expected. Still delicious though!

Trust me when I say that these cookies are incredibly easy, but a little time consuming to make. I've made these twice in the past few weeks and have messed them up both times - yet they still taste amazing. So bonus points for being indestructible.

On a side note, if any of you have any other recipes with crack in the title, care to share? I'll be posting that apple dip next!

Source: Big Flavors from A Tiny Kitchen
Link: http://bigflavors.blogspot.ca/2010/12/supper-club-chocolate-peanut-butter.html


Does the sugar on the bottom of the cookie make it more prone to stick to the pan when its baked?

Not at all! I would use parchment paper if you have it because it ensures that nothing ever sticks but the sugar won't do anything.

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