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Chocolate Cake Mistake

5 Feb

Do you see these darlings? I made them in little ramekins and absolutely squealed when I pulled them out of the oven. Cute. Chocolate. Perfect. And then? And then I decided to use the peanut butter icing to give them “oomph” or whatever I was thinking. Maybe I wasn’t, because who is going to take a perfect chocolate cake and turn it into…well…this:


How did I manage to convince myself that this was ok? Also, imagine this being 10 times worse–I am showing you the prettiest picture from the mess. At one point, it looked like a peanut butter chocolate war that was playing out in front of my eyes and I was the one causing it. Did I really need to cover these in peanut butter? Well my heart said yes (YES! YES! YES!)  but my head said “Why mess with perfectly good cakes when they look (and taste) that good?” I don’t listen. I should, but I don’t. I get these crazy ideas that work out when I’m plotting them in my head but I don’t stop to think that the real world doesn’t work like that. Thus, I am stuck with a chocolate peanut butter mess.

Would anyone like some chocolate cake? They are still available. I cannot get myself to even look at them, let alone eat them.

Peanut Butter Buttons

3 Feb

I made these cookies for some very special people. They live in Chicago and I don’t get to see them often enough. One likes to drink a lot of coffee and the other likes to sleep a lot and I love them enough to send them cookies. Peanut butter cookies. with oats. dipped in chocolate.

These are really supposed to be peanut butter balls and rich with peanut butter while still fairly healthy. They’re made with whole wheat flour and only four (4!) tablespoons of butter. Sure, it has sugar, but they’re cookies, so get off my back. I used different peanut butter this time and while I used a 1/4 cup more than the recipe, they still turned out a little off. My love affair with peanut butter is strong so when they didn’t turn out with a strong peanut butter flavor I got a little disappointed. The chocolate helps but they aren’t quite right. We’ll call these the practice batch so that the recipients get the good ones, not some imitation.

Peanut Butter Balls

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets.
Cream the peanut butter, butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and baking soda in mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Then add the flour and oats and continue mixing to combine.

Using a melon baller or a spoon to measure, roll the dough into 1 in. balls.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they’re barely set and still soft on the inside. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack.

Notes: If you want “buttons” press them slightly after rolled into a ball. These can be put fairy close together as they will not spread much during baking.

Nothing Better Than Peanut Butter

2 Feb

I have a love affair with peanut butter. This lovely whipped piece of heaven is going on some chocolate cakes I made this morning. If I were left alone for more than a few hours I’m sure this ramekin would be empty by the time someone found me.

Have a lovely Tuesday!