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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Penaut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowIn no particular order here are some things that happened to me this week.  I was trapped in my bedroom and and couldn’t get my bedroom door open.  After unscrewing my doorknob and prying off one hinge I was still stuck, sweating profusely despite the chilly temperature, and was crying on my bedroom floor because I was getting panicky.  Did I mention that this was all happening at 6:30 a.m.?  I finally texted my landlords and after several keys and brute strength, they broke open the door for me.  Luckily I was only a little late for work and no longer have a doorknob on bedroom door.

Easy Penaut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowI met Bill Nye the Science Guy!  He is incredibly bright, thoughtful, and funny.  As soon as grad school work dies down, I can’t wait to read his newest book, which I have autographed!  There are few things better than geeking out with science teachers.

Easy Penaut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowBoth of my grad classes have term paper rough drafts this due at the beginning of the week and because of my busy schedule, high sleep needs, and procrastination, I was down to the wire with due dates.  Sunday I made myself a nice schedule to write my paper and was completing my midday activity of writing a paper at Panera when I went to insert a photo and Word shut down.  Oh no.  AutoRecovery saved me, but then that shut down and wouldn’t come back.  Cue panic.  Three hours  of work, good writing I might add, gone.  GONE!  Naturally I caps-locked-yelled at Lynn and started crying in the middle of Panera.  What’s a girl to do?

Easy Penaut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowOne word – cookies.  Two words – easy cookies.  Peanut butter, an egg, some sugar, and a few little extras.  Mix it together and bake, boom cookies.  Adding mini chocolate chips is a delightful addition and I can’t believe I’ve never added chocolate chips to peanut butter cookies before.  Whether you’re having a great week and meeting Bill Nye or crying on your bedroom floor, these are an easy cookie to make you feel better.  And thankfully, I found my lost paper!Easy Penaut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from I Am Baker

Yield – 21 2-tablespoon cookies

 

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

splash of vanilla

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl cream together the peanut butter and sugars.  Stir in the egg, baking soda, salt, and vanilla until well combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the cookie sheets.  Use a fork dipped in granulated sugar to make crosshatches.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or just set.  Let cool for five minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.Easy Penaut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow
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Brown Butter Blondies with Chocolate, Walnuts and Toffee Bits

Brown Butter Blondies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Toffee Bits | Pale YellowWhen you’re a baker and you’re meeting new people, it can be a little awkward, at least for me.  Baking is a huge part of my life and I’m quite good at it.  However, I’m not a braggart, or at least try not to be, and I don’t want people to have high expectations.  Also, I’m not just a baker, I’m kind of a baking snob – no mixes in my kitchen.

Brown Butter Blondies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Toffee Bits | Pale YellowWith that being said, when I bake for a new group of people, I’ve very conscience about what I’m bringing, I want it to be good, home-run good!  I do have a reputation to uphold.  I also want something easy to make after work.  Enter blondies.

Brown Butter Blondies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Toffee Bits | Pale YellowBrown butter blondies at that.  First of all, no need to wait for butter to soften because you’re melting and browning.  Second, there is no scooping and portioning like cookies; just smooth it all in a pan.  Finally, these are best made a day or two before you need them.  One tip I’ve learned is the importance of letting brownies and bars completely cool before cutting.  That way it is easy to turn them out onto a cutting board and slice smooth, beautiful squares.

Brown Butter Blondies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Toffee Bits | Pale YellowThe best part of making bars is eating all of the edges!  Obviously you want nice neat edges, so it’s best to trim before slicing into squares.  It’s a bakers best kept secret!  The blondies are moist, dense, and tender.  Best of all they are filled with rich bittersweet chocolate chips, toasted walnuts, and little bits of toffee.  And yes, these blondies exceeded expectations and secure my place as a bonifide baker!

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Brown Butter Blondies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Toffee Bits

Adapted from Bake or Break

Yield – 24 generous pieces

 

1 1/4 cup (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

3 eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 1/4 cup flour

1 cup chopped, toasted, and cooled walnuts

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

9 ounces toffee bits

  1. Add the butter to small saucepan to melt and brown.  Remove when the butter has lost all of its yellow tones and there are dark brown bits at the bottom.  Move the butter to a large mixing bowl to cool.  Be sure to scrape the brown bits into the bowl.
  2. Toast the walnuts.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and grease a 9 x 13” pan with shortening.  Line with parchment paper leaving an overhang and grease the parchment paper.
  4. Add the sugars to the cooled and browned butter.  Mix until all the sugar is moistened.  Stir in the eggs and vanilla, mix for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Stir in the baking powder and salt until completely mixed in.  Add the flour and mix until almost combined.  Add the walnuts, chocolate chips, and toffee bits and mix until all the flour is incorporated.
  6. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cuttingBrown Butter Blondies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Toffee Bits | Pale Yellow

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Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowIt’s 10 p.m. Sunday night and I’m laying in my bed writing this post.  I think I write 80% of my posts from bed, so this is not unusual.  What is unusual is the fact that I’m still in my pajamas, the pajamas I wore last night!  That’s right, I have not left my apartment today, I haven’t even unlocked the deadbolt. Needless to say, I had little motivation to put on clean clothes, especially since I’m dropping off my laundry tomorrow.

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowSince I feel overwhelmed with work and grad school and some semblance of a social life, I have been considering hiring a housekeeper.  Nothing major, such someone to come once awhile to do the big cleaning jobs that I lack the motivation and time to complete like cleaning my filthy blinds and dusting behind the furniture.  However, that seems like an over-privileged thing to do, I should be able to clean up after myself properly.  So I compromised my time and decided to pay for drop-off laundry service, it’s a lovely decadence!  I pack all of my dirty towels, clothes, and sheets in a bag, drop it off before work, and it is perfectly folded for me to take home by the time work is done.  #SweetLife

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowIt sounds lazy, but I’m seriously exhausted.  Usually summer is a period of relaxation, but summer 2014 felt like a never ending roller-coaster of travel, school, work, and emotion.  I’m not complaining and do not regret a thing, it’s just that I’m slamming into fall like a it’s a brick wall and I’m really feeling the effects.  I was not unproductive today; I made and canned tomato soup & tomatillo salsa, reorganized the kitchen, read a book, talked to my mom, and made a healthy dinner, I just didn’t leave the house.  It sounds lazy, but they day went by so fast, I need more hours!  There is always grad work to do…

Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale YellowAnyway, I made these cookies on a day I not only left the house, but I drove across the great state of Michigan!  On my journey I stopped and spend the night with Stacey to check out her new house.  It’s a perfect single lady house and I wanted to bring her something.  Enter these cookies – chocolate and coffee are two of Stacey’s favorite things, so why not combine them!  The cookies are easy, tasty, and more delicate than the cookies I usually bake.  These are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up: sugar, caffeine, and chocolate – delightful!Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale Yellow

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Coffee Sugar Cookies dipped in Chocolate

Adapted from I Am Baker

Yield – 18 cookies

 

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon fresh ground coffee

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg, vanilla, and coffee.
  3. Add the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix until just combined.  Scrape the bowl as needed.  Add the flour and mix on low until all the flour is incorporated.
  4. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the cookie sheets.
  5. Dip a small glass in sugar and gently press down on each cookie to flatten.
  6. Bake for 8-10 or until the cookies just begin to brown.  Move to a cooling rack and let cool completely before dipping.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second intervals.  Stir at each interval and heat until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth.
  8. Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate and return to the cooling rack.  Let the chocolate harden before storing.Coffee Sugar Cookies Dipped in Chocolate | Pale Yellow

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Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

With less than two hours left in this day, it’s going to be a short post.  I decided to finish watching Oz last night instead of blogging or doing work for grad school and that decision may have repercussions later in the month, but it was the right decision at the time.  Oz was a fantastic series; violent, full of nudity, and disturbing, yet it still provided hope and reminded you of the goodness in the worst types of people.  There was a point near then end where I was sobbing, but I made it through.  The ending was appropriate with enough surprises to make it interesting.  If you have Amazon Prime and don’t mind a lot of man-bits flopping around, definitely watch Oz!

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowCookies.  After avoiding doughs that required overnight refrigerating because I lack patience, I’m all over it now.  Make the dough one day, clean it all up, and flop it in the fridge.  The next day is a breeze to preheat, scoop, and bake.  I was wandering the baking aisle at Meijer and found peanut butter stuffed chocolate chips and immediately purchased them.  Why not through them in cookies?

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowThese cookies are:

Tender and chewy.

Sweet and chocolatly.

Easy and delicious.

Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowThey were eaten in record time with all my family around!  Make some for your family too!

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Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Cookies and Cups

Yield – 4 dozen 2-tablespoon cookies

 

2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar

3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 3/4 cups flour

1 bag peanut butter filled chocolate chips

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

sea salt for sprinkling

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for 2 minutes until light and creamy.
  2. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Add in the flour until just combined and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle each with sea salt.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.
  8. Let cool completely before storing.Peanut Butter Chip Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Hazelnut Chip Cookies – SRC

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowDespite a week without posts, it has not been a week without baking, there is a rarely a week without baking! I worked at what I’ve been calling DNA camp for the past week and it’s fantastic to be with students again.  I appreciate the ridiculousness of high school students so much!  The boys who don’t take lunch until 2 because they loose all focus after eating so their teacher pushes hard in the morning and the girl who takes charge like a full-fledged adult, not a 16-year-old, make my day.  I wanted to make them a treat, because teenagers love treats!

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowAs of right now, I’m on my way to Michigan and I don’t know what to anticipate.  I want to spend as much time with family and not over- or even extend myself.  There will need to be some quiet time.  Hopefully I’ll get my head back in the blogging game and churn out some recipes and posts.  No work, no grad school, no excuses!

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowOne way I’m getting back into the game is my membership into the Secret Recipe Club.  It’s a neat way to discover new blogs, meet online friends, and share the blogging love!
Secret Recipe ClubMy first assignment is to create a recipe from Jenny’s lovely blog – Jenny’s Cookbook.  While looking for something to make I first thought about the pickled green beans because I have tons of green beans in my fridge that I don’t know what to do with.  But then I found this, and immediately went searching for a use!  Salted caramel + chocolate + hazelnut is a home run in flavor town!  Click on the link below visit more sites and recipes.

Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale YellowThese are good cookies – perfectly soft and chewy.  Adding chocolate spread makes the cookies moist and creates a lovely texture.  And the addition of chocolate chips takes the cookies over the top, always add chocolate chips, I feel like I should have added more!  This is a super easy cookie to whip up with just a bowl and spoon sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Adapted from Jenny’s Cookbook

Yield – 2 dozen 2-tablespoon cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup salted caramel chocolate hazelnut spread, or Nutella
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until light and creamy.  Mix in the spread, egg, and vanilla.  Make sure to mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in the powder, soda, and salt.  Add the flour and mix until barely combined and then stir in the chips.
  4. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the batter on the cookie sheet.  The cookies spread, so leave plenty of space between cookies.
  5. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minute or until just set.  Let cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.Chocolate Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pale Yellow

 

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowLately I’ve been wondering how much longer I can keep this blog going.  I’ve been reading food blogs for several years and had wanted to start my own for awhile.  When I finished my master’s degree, I knew it was time!  I had this teaching thing under control and had free time from not being in class, reading, and writing.  I surprised myself by being able to churn out three recipes a week to photograph, edit, type up, and publish.  It has always been a lot of work, but it’s been enjoyable; my hobby, my commitment, something to challenge myself.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowNow that I’m back in grad school, working full time, and working extra hours, I just don’t know if I can swing everything.  I want to keep blogging, I still enjoy it; it’s just become one more thing on my massive to-do list.  Maybe I’ll do one recipe a week and one WILTW, I don’t know.  It just feels sad that I might not be continuing something I’ve worked so hard to build the last two and half years.  Besides school or work, this blog is the only thing I have ever truly committed to, and it’s just for me, because I want it.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowHow many things do you do just for yourself?  Yes, I want readers and followers and bake most of the treats for others, but the whole process of blogging requires a lot of alone time and dedication.  I enjoy being apart of the blogging community and having invisible internet friends.  I like how much I’ve grown as a baker, photographer, writer, and social-media navigator.  I just wish I had about three more hours everyday.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale YellowRegardless of how I feel about blogging, you should make these ice cream sandwiches.  One – they are super easy, two – you could customize with any flavor of extract and ice cream your heart desires, and three – they are delicious!  The brownie is rich and chocolaty and the ice cream is cold and creamy; a perfect summer treat.  I went the mint route because you can’t go wrong with chocolate + mint, but I imagine there are endless possibilities.  Please, make this happen!Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale Yellow

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Yield – 10 sandwiches

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla or mint extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup flour

2 1/2 – 3 cups ice cream (I used mint chocolate chip)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line 2 8×8” pans with parchment paper, liberally grease the parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a double boiler, stir until it is all melted.  Stir in the sugar and the eggs, one at a time.  Mix in the extract.
  3. Add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and spread with an offset spatula.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the brownies are set.
  6. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Let the ice cream soften slightly and then use a standard ice cream scoop to portion the ice cream on one brownie.  I used 5 scoops, but you could use more.  Press the second brownie one top.  The parchment paper is an excellent tool for moving the brownie slabs around.
  8. Return to the freezer to harden.  Cut into pieces with a hot, dry knife.  Wrap in parchment paper and store in the fridge.Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches | Pale Yellow

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Chocolate Cookies with Pretzels, Caramel, and White Chocolate Chips

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowI’m sitting in Starbucks on a beautiful Sunday afternoon writing a paper.  Or at least trying to write a paper.  So far I’ve texted a bunch of people, checked Facebook 12 times, looked at my classmates’ papers to see how they use APA properly instead of looking up an actual APA manual, and pre-ordered two cookbooks from Amazon.  I’ve contemplated emailing my professors asking for an extension because *tear* I’ve been on vacation in Aruba for a week and now I don’t know if I can get my paper done by Tuesday.

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowI know.  I’m whining and need a smack in my privileged face.  I am so fortunate to have a career that allows me time off to travel and supports my lifestyle choices.  I am fortunate that I can continue my education in a program that has so far excited, engaged, and challenged me.  I am fortunate to have the luxury of free time to blog and write papers and grocery shop at my leisure.  Done whining, I just gave myself a little face slap.  And I finished two paragraphs of my paper.

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowTo continue the theme of privilege, when I was in Costa Rica three weeks ago (yep, that happened too), my amazing landlords moved my car for me the whole week.  I live in a neighborhood where street parking is not allowed on the weekends and there are two days of alternate side during the week.  They moved my car on and off the lawn as needed and made sure I didn’t get a ticket;  I am very fortunate to live where I do with these people.  Needless to say, they needed a big thank you.

chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowCookies are always an appreciated thank you gift.  The youngest boy immediately took the plate to the couch and started chowing down!  I’m not surprised, the cookies are soft and chewy, chocolatey and crunchy.  The coca adds depths of flavor and the caramel and white chocolate chips adds interest.  And there’s pretzels, you can’t go wrong with pretzels in your cookies.  You should make these cookies as a perfect thank you to some who deserves appreciating or just a thank you to yourself for being awesome.chocolate cookies with pretzels, caramel, and white chocolate | Pale YellowPrint the Recipe!

Chocolate Cookies with Pretzels, Caramel, & White Chocolate
Adapted from Barbara Bakes
Yield – 2 dozen 2” cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
3/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup caramel bits
1/2 cup chopped chocolate covered pretzels
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for 2-3 minutes or until pale yellow.
  3. Beat in the vanilla and egg until well incorporated.  Scrape the bowl as needed.
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; mix on low until just barely combined.  Add the caramel, pretzels, and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
  5. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the parchment paper, leave about 2” of space between each cookie.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just set.  Let cool completely on a wire rack before storing.

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