Friday, October 31, 2008

Double Delicious Cookie Bars

I found this recipe six years ago. I think I’ve made it two or three dozen times. They are incredibly delicious for something so easy to make. Even though they use peanut butter chips, it’s really a subtle flavor of peanut butter. They taste like chocolate chip cookies- just in a bar form. Except they are creamier and more addicting. Why is everything made in bars addicting?

Modifications: Trust me, look at the recipe. 4 cups of chips in one 13x9 dessert? Thats alot. It was really sweet. The 3 cups of chocolate chips overpower the 1 cup of peanut butter chips. Not balanced! So take my advice and distribute the chips in even portions: 1 cup of peanut butter chips and 1 cup of chocolate chips (half of it is going to be for the drizzle on top). These adaptations will please everyone- even a sweet tooth. Use only 1/2 teaspoon shortening.     

I like how they tell you to melt your butter in the 13x9 pan in the oven as its preheating. No need to even dirty a bowl! These are so easy. Just don’t burn your butter. Oh, and they say to bake 25-30 minutes. What? Mine bake up in 18-20 minutes. And they taste amazing the next day!

Hershey’s also provides a variation to this recipe: just add coconut to make Chippy Chewy Bars. Those are great too.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Reese's Marble Cheesecake

This was my first peanut butter cheesecake. Of course it came out great because it uses peanut butter chips. And the flavor was not overkill. It doesn’t taste like a peanut butter jelly sandwich or anything. How do you make peanut butter better? Compliment it with chocolate! Take the time to delicately swirl the batter- it makes a great presentation.
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