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Peanut Butter Hug Cookies

We are so lucky that friends whom I have known since birth (our parents actually met in birthing classes) recently relocated nearby. Yesterday I hosted a little gathering of our families chock full of laughs, lots of reminiscing, and (of course) food. I wasn’t sure what I wanted […]

Fancy Rice Krispie Treats

I wanted to make a Mother’s Day dessert that would really satisfy that unrefined sweet tooth that I sometimes find yelling for attention. (I know you all have one too…Yodels, anyone? How about a stack of IHOP pancakes with a whipped cream smiley face and blueberry syrup? No? Would you […]

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Silver Peanut Butter Frosting

The recipe in the previous post makes enough batter for three round cake pans yet I only have two.  Rather than wash, cool, and reuse one of the cake pans to make a sky high cake, I decided to use the remaining batter to make […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!  Halloween is truly one of my favorite holidays.  I have so many great childhood memories associated with Halloween.  Every year my grandmother, who was the type of woman who always looked for a reason for a celebration, would have an over-the-top Halloween party in her […]

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Did you know Reese’s now makes dark chocolate peanut butter cups?  I know! So exciting!!! When I first spotted the bags of orange and black foiled cups in my grocery store, I assumed it was just a Halloween gimmick (which actually would have been okay with […]

Better than Brownie Cookie Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Yum, yum, yum, yum!  The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter is successful yet again!  These cookie sandwiches are chewy, rich, and delicious.  Be wary of the urge to overfill–just a thin layer of peanut butter filling will do.  Overfill and you run the […]

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Brownies

As far as desserts go, I enjoy making cakes and cupcakes most.  However, not all situations are cake and cupcake friendly.  When I need a sweet treat that must travel well I turn to bars.  Bars are usually pretty easy to make and they are very easy to  transport.  So […]

Soba Noodle Salad

Have you seen the “Going Going Gone” episode of Barefoot Contessa?  In it she makes Crunchy Noodle Salad, Asian Grilled Salmon, and Lemon Yogurt Cake with Blueberry Sauce.   This episode really makes me want to jump into her kitchen.  (She is my favorite—isn’t her kitchen such a peaceful […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

   I was assigned to make a dessert for a potluck picnic, and while I love making cupcakes,  I needed something that would travel well.  These bars are delicious!  And who can resist PB&J?  I considered going “old school” by using the tradtional PB counterpart grape […]

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Glaze

  I am bringing these to a coookout tomorrow night.  They look and smell delicious–my only complaint is the recipe only makes 12!  I wish I had realized this before I began baking because 12 turns into 11 mighty quickly with a husband in the house.  He […]