Kitchen Mishaps + Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

I woke up ready to bake. I’ve had 2 jars of PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sitting in my pantry for about two weeks now and I’d been wanting to try my hand at some low calorie peanut butter cookies. I knew PB2 would be an awesome substitute for full-fat peanut butter in a lot of different recipes, but I wasn’t sure how well it would fare in baking. Let’s call this my noble attempt.

First off, the number 1 rule of baking is probably this: make sure you have all necessary ingredients in the house before you start mixing your dough. Oops! I had to run out for eggs with a half-measured bowl of peanut butter & sugar sitting on the counter. Not off to a great start.

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The Magic of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My earliest memory of these cookies is when I was 7 or 8 years old and we went to visit my great grandma. I remember feeling shy and embarrassed about going to a place I hadn’t been before. It was scary being surrounded by grownups who all seemed really comfortable even though I didn’t know any of them very well.

I remember timidly walking through the front door and being overwhelmed by a smell so delicious I couldn’t wait to find out what it was. My great grandma greeted us with a smile and hugs, and told us she had been baking cookies for us! All of my little-kid shyness and embarrassment went right out the window. She baked cookies for us!

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Fall Baking & The Perfect Brownie

By the time mid-August hits, I’m officially in fall mode. I love summer, but there’s something about fall that just inspires me. The fashion, the new candle scents from Bath & Body Works, the planning of our annual apple-picking trip, and last but not least, the baking.

The fall-time baking itch hit pretty hard the last few weeks, so I dove into my cookbooks, Food Network magazines and favorite baking blogs in search of the perfect dessert to kick off my favorite season. It wasn’t long before I found a recipe from Ina (in the latest FN magazine) for brownies! It originally called for a caramel drizzle and a sprinkle of sea salt, but I decided to skip the toppings in honor of my chocolate obsession.

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