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  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

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    October 16, 2013 by Jenn

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    I don’t really think I need to explain too much here, am I right? Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combination of all time. These cookies are the absolute BEST and they’re just in time for the holidays.

    Ingredients:
    - 1 C butter, soft but not melted
    - 1 C white sugar
    - 1/2 C brown sugar
    - 2 eggs
    - 2 tsp vanilla extract
    - 2 C flour
    - 2/3 C cocoa powder
    - 1 tsp baking soda
    - 1/4 tsp salt
    - 2 1/2 cups Reece’s peanut butter chips

    Method:
    - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    - In a mixer or a large bowl, combine butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla and beat together until light and fluffy.
    - In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until well combined. Gently stir in the peanut butter chips.
    - Place the batter in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before baking. This will help the cookies to rise instead of coming out flat.
    - Lightly grease your cookie sheet and drop the batter in rounded spoonfuls. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. I prefer my cookies to be softer so I took mine out after about 11 minutes. If you like crunchy cookies, leave them in a bit longer.

    I’m a big fan of recipes that are basic and can be changed a little here and there. This is a really simple and easy recipe that you can modify any way you see fit. I’m thinking that next time I might add pretzel pieces or maybe cherries for Christmas time. What are your favorite holiday cookies??


  2. Homemade Dog Treats

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    February 10, 2013 by Emily

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    Even though they don’t know it, it’s Valentines day for puppies too! And what better way to show love for your favorite four legged friend then to give them a tasty, homemade treat?!

    See this handsome dude?

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    That’s Luke aka “The Beast”, and he’s been my favorite snuggle buddy/space heater/toe licker for the past three years, Alex and I picked up got Luke right before “snowpocalypse 2010″ hit Maryland (seriously…. driving home from a getting a leash and crate in the snow… oooph someone commiserate with me on house-training a dog during a blizzard) which means February is also his “gotcha month” so of course I need to give him an extra special present (yes, I also make him birthday cakes out of meatloaf… don’t judge me!)

    Beast is a fan of anything food related, but he’s especially fond of sweet potatoes and peanut butter, so bing bang boom…. sweet potato peanutbutter biscuits for my buddy!

    What you’ll need:

    3 cups whole wheat flour

    2 eggs

    1/4 cup peanut butter

    1 cup roasted sweet potato

    1 teaspoon salt

     

    Method:

    1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2) Place all ingredients into the bowl of a mixer, mix at medium speed until everything is combined. Dough should form a ball, but should not be sticky. 3) Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll to 1/4inch thickness. 4) use cookie cutters to stamp out as many reats as possible, I just happened to have this bone shaped cutter and it’s a good treat size for most dogs, but use anything you have handy. 5) Place the treats on a baking sheet, these do not spread so you can put them very close together without worrying about then turning into on big dog treat. 6) Bake for 30-4o minutes until the treats are hard. 7) Allow to cool completely before putting into storage containers. Then and see if your furry friends will do any tricks!

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    Luke would only sit… and drool. I took that as a sign that he was impressed by the smell of the treats!

    Luke1One more Beast picture… because he’s so darn handsome!!

     


  3. Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

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    January 26, 2013 by Jenn

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    One of the biggest complaints I hear from vegan buddies is the lack of peanut butter cups in their lives. Reece’s doesn’t even know they’d be sitting on a gold mine if they’d just use some vegan chocolate. Here’s a way to make these delicious treats on your own.

    Yields: 24 cups

    Ingredients:
    - 3 Cups Vegan chocolate (chips or chunks, doesn’t matter)
    - 1 Cup powdered sugar
    - 1/2 Tsp salt
    - pinch of cinnamon

    Needs:
    - cupcake pan
    - cupcake liners
    - double boiler (or make-shift double boiler like mine)

    Method:
    - Cut the top off the cupcake liners so they are half their original size. Place them in the cupcake pan.
    - Melt your Vegan chocolate in your double boiler. Use a small spoon to deposit melted chocolate into the cupcake liners. Not very much, just enough to cover the bottom.
    - Put cupcake pan in the freezer for 20 minutes or until chocolate has hardened.
    - Mix sugar, peanut butter, and cinnamon in a bowl. It will be kinda tough. I just used my hands to incorporate all the ingredients thoroughly.
    - Make small disk shapes out of the peanut butter mixture and place on top of the hardened chocolate. I wanted my cups to have the same appearance as the originals so I made sure to leave a little room around the sides of the cups for the chocolate to drip into.
    - Once you’re done with the disks, take more melted chocolate and cover the disks completely. Use your spoon to smooth out the tops.
    - Place in the freezer for another 25 minutes until they are completely hardened.
    - Then eat all of them in one sitting.

    No but seriously. You might. I would recommend keeping these bad boys refrigerated until you plan on serving them, just to make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt at all.
    I will neither confirm nor deny that I ate 3 of these for breakfast.

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    Happy Weekend!!


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