I’ve been doing a new thing where if possible, I try to make a half batch of a recipe. It doesn’t always work if a recipe calls for one egg, or the like, but if I can, then it makes it so that we can get through the treats in a reasonable time without stuffing our faces constantly. I’ve been less hungry, but still wanting to bake a lot. So, this lets me satisfy my baking itches and my belly needs. The recipe today is an example. You can make a double batch of what I wrote (which is half of the original) or you can make it as is. This will make between 24-30 cookies, which is perfect for our small family to enjoy. It leaves you wanting more…without them getting stale first.
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.
Either way you make this, it is easy and fast.
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!
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)
Let’s say you’re in the mood for a more low-key recipe. And that cold weather makes you crave ice cream like a certain husband of mine. Well, I have a … “recipe” for you. Really, it’s just my normal vanilla ice cream with some add-ins. But we need something simple sometimes.
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.
Today is a short recipe. More of an instructional guide, if you will. And hopefully you haven’t packed away your grill just yet. Hopefully.
I’ve mentioned a few times in passing that we bought a grill this summer and I have been using it a bunch. Basically, I have been cooking all sorts of things with it to see how it works and learn what we like cooked on it. (So far, everything!) I’ve grilled lettuce, steak, burgers, hot dogs, chicken (breasts and thighs), bread, vegetables (mostly cauliflower and zucchini), potatoes, and now s’mores.
Count these as one of my new favorites. Hands down, I love these brownies. I have made them three times recently and love that they are easy, have simple ingredients, and taste amazing. Oh, and I don’t need to make a lot of noise making them, so they can be made during naptime! Although the Fudgelet does prefer I make them with him around so that he can help me lick the bowl clean at the end, haha. The only step I can’t figure out how to do quietly is lining the pan with foil. It usually is fine, but I prefer to not take chances…so I line my pans before he goes to sleep just in case.
When I made this to go with a pie you will see later this week, some people were immediately on board and some were leery. Not sure why, but they weren’t positive it was a great idea. But, after sampling it, they kept coming back. This recipe makes a LOT, so feel free to scale it down. I wasn’t sure how much people would use, and wanted to have enough. It even kept for a few days in the refrigerator, which surprised me.