Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day with Peanut Butter Cookies

Here are some recipes to make using peanut butter.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

  •  1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream the butter and brown sugar together. Add in egg; mix until smooth. 
  3. Add in baking soda and salt, then flour, mixing until a stiff dough forms.
  4. Shape into balls. Press with a fork on baking sheets, creating a criss cross pattern.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

 Peanut Butter Spritz Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups soft butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Cream the butter and peanut butter together with the sugar and light brown sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
  3. Add in half the flour and the salt, and mix until combined. Add in the milk and mix until smooth. Then, add in the rest of the flour.
  4. Scoop the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip (in the 820 series is great) and pipe out desired sized cookies in an s-shape. Pip them about an inch apart.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until light brown, depending on the size of the cookie.
  6. Rest for 5 minutes on the sheet pan before transferring to a cooling rack.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  1. Mix the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil softly for a minute (do not overcook; using a timer is best).
  2. Add in the vanilla, peanut butter, and oats. Mix until well combined. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed or parchment paper. 
  3. Cool completely before serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, separated
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl. Reserve.
  3. Cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla together. Add in egg. Stir in the dry ingredients, then 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips.
  4. Press into a 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan. Press in remaining chocolate chips on the top of the cookie dough. 
  5. Bake until set, about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center is done.
  6. Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars.

Easter is not the same in 2015 with Cadbury's Big Changes

Cadbury Eggs, those egg-shaped creme-filled Easter-time chocolate treats, have changed things up a bit for 2015. The Hershey Company is licensed to manufacture the Cadbury Creme Egg (and other Cadbury chocolate products). Changes to look for in 2015 involving the Cadbury egg: product count reduced from 6 to 5 in a pack, and a different recipe for the chocolate using a non-dairy cocoa mix instead.

To say some people who faithfully buy and eat these sweet treats each year are disappointed is an understatement. On the Cadbuy Creme Egg's facebook page, they put a picture of an egg with two hearts cut into it and the fondant creme center oozing out. Fans took this as a sign the egg was crying.

We'll see if they change things back next year.

Cadbury Egg Trivia and More:

  • They are only available from January to April.
  • Initially sold as "Fry's Creme Egg" from J. S. Fry & Sons, Ltd. British chocolate company, it was renaimed "Cadbury's Creme Eggs" in 1971.
  • The Screme Eggs are the Halloween versions, and come with a white and green fondant creme center.
  • From Instructables, how to make Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Auction: Restaurant Equipment and More - January 6th

Tilt kettle. Auction listing courtesy Auction757.com.

Auction - Johnny Rockets Restaurant.

Up for auction: Utensils, inserts and lids, mixing bowls, syrup pumps, hotel pans and lids, large Cambro bins, food processor, cutting boards, tilt kettle, POS system, dining room equipment, cabinets, griddle, prep station,, more.

From Auction 757: 
  • ONLINE auction for the contents of the Johnny Rockets Restaurant, Virginia Beach, VA formerly located in Virginia Beach, VA. Items have been relocated to 509 W 25th Street in Norfolk, VA 23517. We will be auctioning off it's entire contents including: restaurant equipment, JukeBox system, dining tables, chairs, booths, decor & so much more
  • Preview Monday, January 5th from 9 AM - 3 PM
  •  REMOVAL will be Wednesday, January 7th, from 9AM until 5PM for all items. ANY items not picked up by 5 PM on Wednesday, January 7th WILL BE considered abandoned!
Staggered closing. Visit Johnny Rockets Restaurant Auction at Auction757 for bidding info and for registering.


Listeria Outbreak Connected with Candy Apples

CDC recommends that U.S. consumers do not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. From the CDC:

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in several states and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening illness. The information CDC has at this time indicates that commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may be contaminated with Listeria and may be causing this outbreak.
Map of Persons infected with the outbreak streains of Listeria monocytogenes, by state of residence, as of 12-18-14.

For more info: Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Commercially Produced, Prepackaged Caramel Apples.

The Pie Family and All the Cousins: Pies, Tarts, and Everything in Between (or on top of) Pie Crust

Descriptions and defintions of desserts relating to the basic pie: pie and deep dish pie, tart, galette, croustade, flan, free form tart, turnovers, fried pies, tarte tatin and upside down pie, and the classic angel pie.

From PastrySampler.com: The Pie Family and All the Cousins: Pies, Tarts, and Everything in Between (or on top of) Pie Crust 


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