Costco strikes again, convincing me that stocking 5 lb bags of things in my pantry is how I should be living my life. Is it because everything is large and excessive at Costco and it messes with your perspective? I don’t know but I can say that a 40-pack of sparkling water is a fine idea. A 5 lb bag of candy, in June, without a trick-or-treater in sight and only 2 people living in our household … just stop it. I mean, it’s whatever, I have self control. It’s just like, what are you even doing here, mini Snickers and Milky Ways? Get a life, I don’t need you around every day.
Buuuuut, turns out leftover/excessive candy is pretty incredible folded into peanut butter cookie dough. So, let’s just focus on that.
These start with a basic peanut butter cookie recipe (delicious on it’s own, too), chopped up candy bars stirred in, and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt. The good stuff. Bonjour, guys.
P.S. I used a combo of mini Snickers, Milky Ways, and Baby Ruths and the cookies leaked out a little caramel in baking. I find that 100% acceptable because it caramelizes and gets extra delicious (see pic below). If you don’t like those lacy, caramely edges (huh?), choose candy without caramel.
Chopped up candy bars, folded into peanut butter cookie dough, and topped with sea salt – an easy, dreamy snack and a great use for leftover candy.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Yield:48 cookies 1x
3/4 C crunchy peanut butter
1 stick (1/2 C) salted butter
1 1/4 C light brown sugar, packed
3 T whole milk
1 T vanilla
1 3/4 C all purpose flour
3/4 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
22 mini candy bars, or about 3 full size, chopped (about 1 1/2 C)
flaky sea salt, for finishing
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, milk, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy.
Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Turn mixer to low speed and gradually add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture, beating until just combined. Add chopped candy bars and continue to mix for just a couple seconds, or stir in by hand. Drop rounded tablespoons (I used a #50 cookie scoop) of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 10-11 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, sprinkle with flaky salt, and transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
I used a combo of mini Snickers, Milky Ways, and Baby Ruths and the cookies leaked out a little caramel in baking. I find that 100% acceptable because it caramelizes and gets extra delicious (see pic below). If you don’t like those lacy, caramely edges (huh?), choose candy without caramel.
We’re doing everything right today with this recipe: Coconut Fried Rice Balls with Spicy Peach Dipping Sauce. Joey and I enjoyed these two nights in a row this week because we have no limits on crunchy fried starchy things with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. Yeah, that sauce… today is its first appearance on the blog but it won’t be its last; it’s definitely going to pair up with some fish and/or chicken soon. It’s two fresh peaches, 1/2 a jalapeno, and a little coconut cream, in a blender. Coconut cream is kind of a specialty ingredient, I know, but the good news is, it’s also an ingredient in pina coladas, which pair amazingly well with these Coconut Fried Rice Balls. Sooooo… you’re welcome?
Cruising into this summery weekend and feeling really good with this Mint Thai Basil Gelato by my side. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer on the OBX and I am reeeaadddyyy to partyyyy! And by party, I mean work and probably hang out with myself on Memorial Day because Joey is on call for work. But whatever, more gelato for meeee!
Well, these little superstars were a big surprise. They were voted Fan Favorite by everyone I know. OK, nobody actually voted or called them that, they just said they were really good. Like, reeeaaalllyy gooooood. Bonus: Because I made a batch for some of Joey’s beer-drinking friends, we also learned they pair incredibly well with beer. I kinda want to change the title of the recipe to Beer Pairing Cookies. Yes?
Speaking of the title, I do want to point out there is no peanut butter, in its true form, in these Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies. The peanut butter is inside the peanut butter pretzels – you know, PeanutButterPretzels? The kind with big salt crystals that come in the big jugs.
Good news, guys! Your new favorite recipe is here, just in time for Cinco De Mayo. Phew! This is one of those sneakily simple meals with a spicy kick, smoky-tasting roasted peppers, and chorizo-corn-cheese-loaded filling that will make your family/party crowd think you A) planned ahead (but you actually didn’t have to) and B) are amazing (this part is true). You know those meals, right? Yeah – good stuff.
Let’s get to it because I’m super excited to show you these pictures and how easily these Stuffed Poblanos in Tomato Cream Sauce come together. If you can multitask making the filling, charring the peppers, and warming the sauce, you go girls and boys. You go.
Can we get some claps and high fives for this juicy, melty, spicy, (beefy) twist on caprese salad? Juicy grilled burgers, melty milky mozzarella, sweet tomatoes, crisp bacon, and this new best thing ever: Spicy Basil Sauce. Hey, Spicy Caprese Burgers, I luh’ you.
I see you, temperatures above 60 degrees… I’m here for you random daffodils popping up on the corner… And I am living for you, flip flops! It’s springtime! Fire up the grill, give me an icy cocktail, and turn the music up, pleeeeeaaazzze! We’re putting the bacon on the mushrooms on the swiss on the burgers today. Specifically, a bacon/mushroom/onion/beer reduction. Mouth: watering. And guess what? It’s super simple. Cook bacon, sizzle mushrooms and onions in the fat, slosh in some beer and let it bubble for a minute or two. Ta da: the best burger topping you’ve had all year. 2019 is still young, there may be some legendary burgers yet to come, but today – this one’s it for me.
Vegetable Samosas: the result of a hungry prowl around the kitchen. Scratch that – the flaky, spicy, delicious, veggie-packed result of a hungry prowl. Mashed red potatoes, sweet peas that were on the verge of frostbite in my freezer, and spinach. And the requisite (for me) sauteed onions, garlic, ginger, serrano peppers, and spices. (OMG -the spices, you guys… this is the best use of cumin seed I’ve found in a long, long time. We’ll get there in a sec.) The flavors in this recipe are a total win for me but you could really, truly, probably work any vegetables (or meat) into these bewitching little hand pies. Basically, use this recipe as a guide, blend in whatever you have on hand, love yourself, and eat some samosas.
Woot! Sharing some delicious snacky-snacks with you guys today! I feel a little shady calling these “peanut butter” and jelly bars because there is a negligible amount of actual peanut butter and a lot of peanuts, oats, coconut oil, and honey all pulsed together to make a magical crust and crumble topping. Are you picking up what I’m putting down here, though? The oat/honey/coconut oil combo means these are healthier than traditional peanut butter and jelly bars and still duh-lish-us. No added refined sugar… no butter… no flour. You could even make them gluten free if you buy GF oats. It’s spring, you guys, and my bathing suit and I need to be friends by summer, but I still need sweet things for my 3:00 snack attacks. So, here we go: Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars!
This Meatball Banh Mi is a FIYACRACKER 💥 I mean, pickled carrots and onions, cilantro and mint, jalapenos and cucumber? Juicy meatballs, soft bread, creamy sriracha mayo, and salty peanuts? Come on, now… Gimme 30 minutes of your time and make this sandwich so we can be Bahn Mi Besties.
meatball banh mi math
When I made this the other night, I had everything except for, ahh, the main ingredient… pork. But, I did have hot Italian sausage. And I had mushrooms. So here’s my banh mi math: