Saturday, May 11, 2013

Banana Granola Peanut Peanut Butter Cookies

My apologies for my long absence from posting cookies and other sweets - I've been establishing my company, published a book, talking at conferences, and traveling the world...  in other words I've been neglecting my sweet tooth.
It's double daring me to make cookies of itself... (ok, I'm just curious to see how it bakes)
Earlier this week I read a tweet about a game changing availability of flavored peanut butter, obviously my first reaction was "Dude, I need to make this ambrosia into cookies", and so I did.


1 cup butter
1 cup banana granola peanut peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2.5 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt


Cream butter and peanut butter together. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, and vanilla. Beat well.

Blend or sift together flour, soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and combine thoroughly.

Shape dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place onto parchment paper covered baking sheets, and press down with fork.

Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies.

Baking with the flavored peanut butter had one deliciously disappointing side effect - all of the banana flavor baked off, however in the process the kitchen smelled of peanut butter banana bread for the better part of an hour.


Peanut Butter Banana Bread?!!!! 

I digress, the cookies were delicious. The granola and peanuts adds crunch to the cookie that I'd normally have to add myself by altering the basic recipe.

I hope to post a little more regularly in the future, it'll all depend on my travel schedule.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cayenne Pepper Cookies

I've been really slow updating my cookie blog this year, for this I have to apologize.
My turn for Cookie night came around tonight, so here's my latest being effort: Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cayenne Pepper Cookies.
The recipe follows my regular Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, however to make them Cocoa-Cayenne I add two tbsp of cocoa powder, 1 tsp of Cayenne pepper, and one extra tbsp of milk. The baking process is the same. In the photos you can see the dark cocoa-cayenne cookies next to their vanilla cousins.
The cayenne doesn't really alter the flavour of the cookies, however they do leave a lasting heat. You'll definitely want to have a glass of milk on hand after having a few cookies ;)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Apple, Raspberry, and Banana Rugelach

I've been spending a lot of time on the road as of late, so I haven't had the same opportunities to experiment in the kitchen. So when my cookie night turn came around I fell back on my Rugelach recipe. This time around I didn't booze up the fruit fillings, instead I kept things naturally healthy using just fruit puree.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Egg free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm back after a brief hiatus. Tonight was my turn to host my cookie club's cookie night. I decided to try my hand at an egg free interpretation of my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe.
To replace the original recipe's egg content I used one banana, a half cup of apple sauce, and 1/8 of a tsp of baking soda. Removing the eggs meant that the baking time had to be adjusted to twenty minutes instead of the usual twelve. These cookies are a little more chewy, and less cake like, however they retain much of their usual look and scent. If you need to make an egg free chocolate chip cookie I can recommend using the approach I took above.

The hand made chocolates in the middle of the platter are my take on peanut butter cups -- all of them start with a dark chocolate base, followed by either peanut butter or cognac cranberry filling, then covered in milk chocolate. They melt in your hand so you have to eat them quickly :)

I hope to get back to regular posts soon, after all my holiday baking I needed a break. Hoping everyone is doing well in this new year - and enjoy the above recipe!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Cookiegeddon (part 2 of 2)

Continuing cookiegeddon here are some pics of the many, many dozens of Chocolate Chip cookies I made, including the tins as they were packaged for giving away.
Vegan Apple-Banana-Nut Bread:
I know these are not cookies, but I needed to have a Vegan friendly dessert. These are based upon my Vegan Apple Torte recipe, but baked in a bread pan instead of bunt.
With Cookiegeddon drawing to a close I'd like to sign off this year with my cookie club's Happy Holidays photo 2011 :)
Hoping everyone has a cheerful holiday season, and enjoys a cookie or two or three!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Cookiegeddon (part 1 of 2)

It's that time of year again - Holiday Cookiegeddon. This time around I'm restricting my baking to three recipes: Chocolate Chip, Cranberry-Oatmeal, and Cake Pops. As I've published the recipes for these cookies in previous posts, I'll keep to sharing photos (click image to zoom).

Cake Pops:

Cranberry-Oatmeal cookies: