Chocolate and Peanut Butter

We’re going to a New Year’s Eve party tonight, so I thought I’d make some cookies to bring.  I decided to try the peanut butter cookies that my mom made for Christmas and I also used my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe.

For the chocolate chip cookies, I used a recipe I found on Marsha’s Baking Addition.  I img_2907_croppedfound this recipe about two years ago and it’s the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve used since.  I like it because it makes 15-18 cookies and therefore I can whip up a batch real quickly.  They also have a secret ingredient (corn starch) that makes the cookies soft in the middle.  Everyone who tries them asks for the recipe.

I have to keep my cookies in the oven for the full 13 minutes and I also don’t bother with refrigerating them before baking.  I find that they’re plenty thick without it.



For the peanut butter cookies, I used a recipe from Rachel Schultz.  I don’t usually make img_2908_croppedpeanut butter cookies, but I really liked the ones my mom made so I wanted to make them too.  I like that they have a bit of a grainy quality to them. I’m not sure how they get like that – I think maybe this recipe calls for a bit more peanut butter than others.  I followed the recipe as written on her website except I have to keep my cookies in the oven for 11 minutes.  For the peanut butter, I used the Bee’s Knees which is a flavor made by the Peanut Butter & Co.  It’s organic (which I’ve heard isn’t ideal for making cookies), but they still turned out great.

I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned for tonight. Happy New Year!



Happy Blogiversary to Me!

I created my blog exactly one year ago today!  My, how time flies.  I wanted to take the time to highlight my favorite posts from the past year.

Click on the pictures below to go to each post.

1.  Architectural Photography (my first post) – October 2, 2012
IMG_0750_Edit2.  A Stroll Around Town – October 13, 2012
Door3. Bathroom Before and After – October 14, 2012
IMG_10054. Pumpkin Cheesecake – November 22, 2012
IMG_15055. DIY Curtains – December 12, 2012
IMG_16076. Bedroom Makeover – January 2, 2013
IMG_18267. Orange Muffins – February 12, 2013
IMG_19098. The Greenhouse – April 5, 2013
IMG_2203_copy9. Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies – April 21, 2013
IMG_249210.  Happy Independence Day! – July 4, 2013
IMG_309711. At the Zoo – August 10, 2013
IMG_3698_copy12. My Sister’s Dog – September 28, 2013
Logan2Thank you to those who have followed and read my blog throughout the past year!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

After trying the Brown Butter Snickerdoodle recipe, I knew I wanted to try another cookie recipe made with brown butter.  This weekend I decided to make the Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and they turned out amazing.

Chocolate_Chip_CookiesThey’re made with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, which helps them stay soft.  I made them on Friday and three days later they are still fluffy and chewy.  The recipe can be found on the Ambitious Kitchen website.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

In case you’ve never heard of snickerdoodle cookies, it’s a sugar cookie rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.   They are one of my favorite cookies and I recently found a recipe that puts a yummy spin on them.

IMG_2492Behold!  Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies!  For the recipe, head over to Ambitious Kitchen.

A few notes:

  1. I was impatient, so instead of refrigerating my dough for 3 hours (or overnight as some commenters suggested),  I put my dough in the freezer for an hour and a half.  Afterward, I let the dough thaw for about 30 minutes.
  2. After the dough thawed, it was a little crumbly.  I just made cookies with similar dough a few weeks ago and those cookies turned out delicious so I was not afraid.
  3. The dough rolled into balls just fine.  I baked the cookies for 13-14 minutes.

The brown butter gives the cookies a delicious nutty flavor.  I will definitely be making these again.
IMG_2491_copyI hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I came across a recipe for peanut butter oatmeal cookies and I had to try them!
IMG_2073 Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (I used closer to 1.5 cups)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the peanut butter and mix.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until the flour is just combined.
  6. Fold in the oats.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden


This recipe came from and it’s delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies, so tonight I made some.  True story.

You should make them, too!  Here’s the recipe:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 eggs
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl.  Now, here’s the secret: let this mixture sit for ~15 minutes to reach room temperature.  It will make your cookies softer.   After you let the butter mixture sit for a little while, add baking soda, salt, and flour and stir until combined.  Then stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.  Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes.

IMG_1941I’ve tried several chocolate chip cookie recipes and this one is by far my favorite.

Have a delicious weekend!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were on my Christmas baking list.  I got the recipe from a co-worker and they are so yummy!



1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 t salt
1/4 cup milk
2 cups flour
3 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips (or more, if you like them chocolatey!)
Mix sugar and shortening until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla, mix. Add baking soda, salt, and milk, mix.
Add flour, mix. Add oats and chocolate chips, mix (may need to mix by hand if too thick for mixer).
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes (I baked mine for 14 minutes).