Heart Cookies and Brownies

These were some treats we made for the week surrounding Valentine’s Day. Most were shared with friends, and a few were saved for us to enjoy. I wasn’t really pleased with either cookie recipe, so I won’t be sharing them but the brownie recipe was one I’ve already shared here and enjoy.

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Mixed Bag Mondays (part 15): Dark Beer Recipes

You may know that I don’t often drink alcohol…and by not often, it’s pretty much never. I was going to have some of the champagne at our wedding during the toast…but when it was time to take a sip, there was a fly in my glass! Eek! So, yeah, not even then. But, this doesn’t mean that I don’t like to use it. We always have alcohol around, whether it is for making ice cream or vanilla extract, for stews, or even desserts,  I enjoy using it. I came across two recipes that both used dark beer, and they were perfect to make in the same day to make the most of a large bottle of beer. (One difficulty I run into is buying a single beer at a store. It’s hard to find ones that aren’t ginormous.)

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Sebastian’s Remarkably Wonderful Brownies

Somehow, Dorie was correct. These brownies are both a bit fudgey and a bit cakey. Not one or the other fully, and yet they are delicious. They are not “traditional” tasting brownies, but they are good when you want brownies that are a little different. They aren’t more work than some other brownies, but they do require a mixer.

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Skillet Cookie, Two Ways

You know me and chocolate peanut butter treats…we go together like, well, chocolate and peanut butter. So, I wanted to make this skillet cookie from Gimme Some Oven. I ended up making it for a friend’s birthday when we also had a playdate. I left it with her since, you know, it was for her birthday, but I did get to taste it and it was great. Then I made a version without the cocoa powder and it was still good, but less soft and more of a crunchier/shortbread texture. Still good, and less rich tasting. Then I made the chocolate version again, but again to share with friends…one of these days I will make it for us when I can take a picture of a slice…but not today.

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Either way you make this, it is easy and fast.

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You can swap in different mix-ins and change the amounts too. That part doesn’t matter as much and allows you to be creative. Have fun with your favorite flavor combinations!

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Directions for Skillet Cookie, Two Ways

Slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plus 1/3 cup if not doing cocoa powder)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder (omit if not doing the chocolate version)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped Reeses cups (optional)

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Another Brownie Recipe

That’s right. I’m here to share yet another brownie recipe with you. In case you couldn’t tell, I happen to love bars and brownies. More than cookies. Not that I don’t love cookies. And really, you shouldn’t make me pick between them, but I would pick brownies and bars. Now, if I had to decide between peanut butter and chocolate, I couldn’t do it. Just couldn’t.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter S’More Brownies

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a chocolate and peanut butter treat, so here you go. You could always make these with the s’more part, but I liked the mix of textures.

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Mixed Bag Mondays (Part 11): Smitten Kitchen Peach and Chocolate

Are you shocked that I voluntarily made a peach dessert? I am. We hosted a summer get-together with K’s side of our friend family. I decided to make this peach dessert because it seemed both easy, simple in ingredients (what you always want for a fruit dessert so that the main ingredient shines through), and something that was better made ahead. It was also easy to serve for a crowd since I could make pieces smaller for people to eat as much or as little as desired.

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