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Low-Cal Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

12 Mar

It wouldn’t be right to celebrate national chocolate chip cookie week without making my own,  right?

Of course, as a health-conscious person, I try to find healthier recipes. Sadly, the average chocolate chip cookie costs about 250 calories. Not so friendly on the thighs.I spent hours searching the internet for an under 100-calorie cookies, and came up empty. Just as I was about to say “eff this noise,” the Goodies Gods answered my prayers. Thanks to Cooking Done Light, I found an amazing recipe for chocolate chip cookies that, also, came in under 100-calories.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (use any variety, but I went with the classic semi-sweet.)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Mix sugars, butter, egg white, and vanilla extract in a bowl until light-brown mixture forms.
  4. Pour half the dry mixture into the wet mixture, and blend on a low speed until well combined.
  5. Add the rest of the dry ingredients, and blend until well combined.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Using a Tbsp., form balls of dough and place two finger spaces apart on baking sheet.
  8. Place tray in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. NOTE: due to the lack of egg yolk, the cookies won’t be as golden as standard cookies. But they’re just as delicious!

To ensure chewy cookies, make sure the dough is fairly dry. This way the dough won’t spread in the oven, creating a thicker cookie.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? Share below.

Hugs and Hershey Kiss,
Leah

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Peanut Butter Cupcakes

2 Mar

You didn’t think I would go through National Peanut Butter Lovers Day without baking something sweet, did you? The most common PB treats are cookies of chocolate cakes with a salty-sweet frosting. I, however, wanted to try out a pure peanut butter cupcake.

I would have posted it yesterday, but I had to test it first. After all, I wouldn’t want to hand anyone an unsatisfying treat. With the approval of the boy I babysit for, I promise this peanut butter cupcake can satisfy any sweet tooth.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (avoid reduce-fat versions, as they create a dry cupcake)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, and extract , and mix until well combined.
  4. Add shortening and peanut butter, and mix untill combined. The batter will be slightly stickier than normal cupcake batter.
  5. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full with batter.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Let cool before frosting (although the cupcake is perfect as is).

Frosting

  1. Mix butter and cocoa powder together, creating fudge-like consistency.
  2. Alternately add milk and sugar to the cocoa mixture, and beat until spreadable consistency.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract.
  4. Spread over cooled cupcakes.

This recipe makes about 18 cupcakes. To get the two dozen, fill tins 1/2 full instead.

As I noted earlier, this treat taste great without the frosting or extra features. But it you really want to wow you eater, try these tricks.

  • Insert a mini Resse’s Cup into the cupcakes prior to baking. Fill tins half-way, press in the candy, and then cover with extra batter.
  • After frosting, sprinkle crushed peanut-butter candies over the cupcake.

Do you have a favorite peanut butter treat? Share it below!

 

Hugs and Hershey Kisses,

Leah

Some Sweet Humor

1 Mar

Charlie Brown once said “nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” But if the big-head cartoon character saw these photos, he may feel well enough to scarf down some sandwiches.

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Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!

1 Mar

My name is Leah, and I’m a Peanut Butter-holic. 

Phew. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

In addition to my sweets addiction, I have an obsession with all things peanut butter. Whether baked into a brownie, smeared on an apple, or sitting on a spoon, this salty-sweet concoction brightens up my day. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out today is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day.

Since Hallmark doesn’t make a card to honor this special day, I’ve decided to dedicate all my posts to this tasty treat. I hope you enjoy them as much as you enjoy peanut butter.

I Heart Peanut Butter

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Five Fun Peanut Butter Facts

  • Don’t just dedicate today to peanut butter. The month of March is National Peanut Month!
  • The average child will eat 1,500 PB&Js before graduating high school. But which jelly do they prefer?
  • Women and children prefer creamy, while men prefer chunky. Thoughts?
  • Peanuts are legumes, NOT nuts!
  • Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth. Try saying that with PB in your mouth.

 

Hugs and Hershey Kisses,

Leah