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May 23, 2008

gigantoid peanut butter oatmeal cookies

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With big beautiful organic chocolate chips, of course.
From Vegan with a Vengeance.

I made these for my boyfriend’s roommate, who had the most craptastic week ever.

In the span of five days he got fired from his job; hit by a car, so hard that he rolled over the windshield but not hard enough to go to the hospital (the driver didn’t stop); mugged by four guys (when they couldn’t find his wallet in his pockets they scratched his face with a knife); and had his bike tire slashed randomly.

How horrific is that? It’s like Murphey’s Law, but if it were speedballing.

He needed some sugary love. Some gigantoid love. And these cookies will deliver. Chewy, crunchy (if you let them sit out for a couple our like I did), peanut-buttery, glorious, huge-ass cookies. I wish I had one with me right now.

March 4, 2008

banana choco-chip rolls with pb filling

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…did not turn out quite as I would have expected. After seeing these nanner chip pb rolls, but seeing no recipe posted, I needed sometihing to satisfy me and my then-crazy banana-chocolate-peanut-butter lust, so I modified Celine’s banana coconut rolls, omitting the coconut and pecans, adding chocolate chips, using a peanut butter filling, and hoping for the best. They didn’t cook all the way through, though, so I guess this goes on my long list of things to make again and modify. But maybe then, a recipe!

A plus: making too much filling and having cinnamon-y peanut goo all over the place. Mmmmmm…

February 26, 2008

the elvis

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It’s a banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting, from VCTOTW. And chocolate chips, because I’ve been craving the peanut butter-chocolate-banana combo like none other.

I’m pretty sure I bought the exact kind of pb they said not to in the buttercream recipe. It’s supposed to be smooth and stable;  I got the slightly gritty “natural” kind that separates really easy. As a result, the frosting texture is a little off (although the flavor rocks). The majority of the jar of pb I bought is going towards personal consumption, not cupcakes, so I’ll do whatever I want! The flavor of natural pb is so much better: so rich and savory, and it’s gratifying to look at the ingredients and just see “peanuts, salt.” Very minimalist.

December 7, 2007

deflated whoopie pies

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I have been wanting to try this recipe for chocolate whoopie pies with peanut butter filling, from PakuPaku, for many a day, so I finally got around to baking them up to take to my boyfriend, Jesse, and his friends at school. I was disappointed at how much they spread; if they had stayed nice and thick, then the filling would have been piled on thick too, and that would have pleased me more. One problem with me is that, if I think a recipe I made doesn’t measure up, I issue an instant disclaimer to everyone about to eat it and point out its flaws, making them uber noticeable.

However, I decided that this time I would just shut up about these little pies’ misgivings and let everybody just deal with their flatness. And of course, no one cared. They were all too busy with their eyes rolling back in their heads from the awesome flavor and cakey goodness and finger-tinglingly sweet filling. Jesse’s band mate, Sean, said to Jesse, “Best f***ing girlfriend EVER.” And Jesse was like, “I know!” Because he rocks.

I would recommend sticking the cookie sheet(s) full of spooned-out cookie dough in the fridge for about half an hour before baking then; I think that would prevent spreadage.

2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
dash of salt
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. Earth Balance margarine or Spectrum vegetable shortening
1/4 c. applesauce mixed with 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 c. rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1/2 c. warm water
1/2 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a couple of cookie sheets.
Sift flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, Earth Balance (or Spectrum, if using), and the applesauce and baking powder mixture. Beat for about 2 minutes on medium, or until nice and creamy. Add to that the milk, water, and vanilla, and then begin adding in the flour mixture. Beat that all together on medium for 2-3 minutes, until it’s smooth and pretty.
Drop the batter by rounded tablespoonfuls onto your cookie sheets. You should use a lil’ ice cream scoop if ya got one; I just used a tablespoon measure. The point is to get them as round and smooth on top as possible. Stick the cookie sheets (plus the bowl of extra batter, if there is some) in the fridge for 30 minutes. If you don’t care about intense spreading, skip that and stick the dough in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick in the middle of one comes out clean.
After a few mintutes, remove the cookies from the baking sheet and cool completely before filling with ooey peanut stuff.

1 T. Earth Balance
1/4 c. smooth peanut butter
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
2+ T. non-dairy milk (I know I needed 3 or 4 T.)

With a mixer, cream together the EB and pb. Add the powdered sugar in there and get it going on medium. Add the milk in slowly, stopping to scrape the peanut-butter-sugar cement off the bottom of the bowl every once in a while. Don’t add too much milk! You just want this goo to be spreadable. Really, the flatter your cookies, the more ground it’s gotta cover, so in that case it should be just a bit thinner. If your cookies turn out nice and plump, the frosting should be thicker so it doesn’t flow out the sides. Beat it until it’s lumpless and silky. Spread it over one cooled cookie, not going quite to the edges of the cookie, and top it with another. Alright.

Note: the filling recipe makes JUST ENOUGH, so you’ll want to ration it wisely, especially if your cookies are flat.

(Recipe from here.)

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