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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Chicken with Olives, Garlic, and Bell Pepper with Pasta

This was a recipe I made up as I went. I had some leftovers from our Halloween party that needed to get used (yes, I am still blogging about posts from the end of October/early November…sorry?). We had olives and red bell pepper for the black bean/hummus dip I made. I haven’t actually shared that recipe on here, either, although I have now mentioned it a couple times. I also had some leftover pasta but not enough extra sauce, so this was a way to throw it all together.

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Dutch Baby with a Strawberry Topping

I made a Dutch baby before, and recently I decided to try a different recipe because I wasn’t sure if I still liked my old one. This isn’t that different, but seemed to make a much fluffier, custardy, and yummier oven pancake. I especially liked it with some simmered strawberries.

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Simmered strawberries are great, especially if your strawberries have sat in the fridge a little too long. Sometimes they are a little too soft to enjoy fresh, but they are perfect for a topping like this. They are usually extra sweet and juicy, which is ideal for simmering. I didn’t take too many pictures since the process for making these is almost identical to the other recipe I posted, but I highly recommend them.

Directions for Dutch Baby with a Strawberry Topping

Adapted from The Faux Martha (who also adapted it some from Joy the Baker)

Dutch Baby

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the butter in a 9 or 10 inch cast iron skillet and place it in the oven while the oven preheats. It will melt and get bubbly.

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Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon, and Bread Crumbs

This was a great dish with all of us. It is simple, and full of favorites: pasta, cauliflower, and bacon. The way the bacon is cooked with the bread crumbs makes for a crunchy, tasty topping. We ate it with the topping initially but still had some pasta left without the topping. I didn’t mind using it up because it was easy to make more and helped leftovers feel fresh again.

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Roast Beef Fried Rice

This is a new take on the fried rice K makes us. Some days, you want fried rice but don’t have bacon handy, and you also want it fast. Fried rice doesn’t actually take long to make, but when you have a toddler who wants his eggs and rice now, it feels like an eternity. Obviously, you can always make fried rice meatless, which I often do, but this is a way to make it with another meat you might already have around….roast beef! I changed the seasoning a bit to go with the roast beef flavor. The recipe is a bit loose because it all depends on how much leftover rice you have, eggs you use, etc.

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Brownie Bites

When we had visited Maryland, K got to try brownie bites. Technically, this was the second time he had tried them. Now, I already knew he was a corner brownie fan. It turns out, he is a fan of brownie bites, too. Which is amusing since you can buy them at so many stores and he had never asked for them. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at them after seeing they cost $5 for less than 2 dozen at my local grocery store. I could have used one of my other brownie recipes, but I wanted these to be nice and sturdy, while still being chocolatey. Some of mine turned out a bit small because I didn’t fill them up all the way…but that is also how I ended up with extra. Next time, I will fill all of them to the top because they turned out the best.

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Chocolate-Chocolate Muffins

These are easy-peasy. And fast. Almost fast enough to appease a toddler. Not quite. He satisfied himself with some other breakfast first, and then feasted on part of one…and then part of K’s. And I think part of mine, too. He is a little mooch, isn’t he? Anyway, he has certainly learned what chocolate looks like and knows he wants it when he sees it. Smart boy.

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Quick sidenote…do you consider muffins strictly for breakfast? What about donuts? I always considered both more treats than breakfast, but my husband and some friends feel otherwise.

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