Monday, September 2, 2013

frosted peanut butter cookies and a giveaway party!



Are you a certified peanut butter lover like my husband? He lives in fear of running out of PEANUT BUTTER. He likes it EXTRA crunchy and he eats it everyday.  He seriously gets upset if he thinks someone has touched his peanut butter. Trust me, I wouldn’t dare even think of getting between him and his pb! My main grocery duty is keeping the man in peanut butter and I do it well.

These cookies make him very happy even though, believe it or not, the cookies don’t have any actual peanut butter in them.  They are bursting with Reese’s peanut butter chips, plus frosted with creamy homemade peanut butter frosting and sprinkled with chopped peanuts.
 I adapted the recipe from a YUMMY bakery in Bountiful, Utah called Cutler’s Cookies. They teach cookie classes occasionally and very generously share their recipes.  All of their cookies are SO delicious! Two cookie baking tips I learned from the owner of Cutler’s is 1. They ALWAYS use cake flour. It makes their cookies SUPER soft and light. 2. They scoop the cookie dough onto parchment paper and freeze the cookie dough balls so they are always ready to bake a fresh batch at a moment’s notice. If they run out of cookies in the bakery case they can have more ready to sell in about 15 minutes. This cookie dough freezes perfectly & if you have it in an airtight container it will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.

If you ever get a chance to go to Cutler’s they have three locations in Davis County, Utah. Besides cookies, they have gourmet sandwiches, homemade bread and delicious soups.

Frosted Peanut Butter Cookies
click HERE to print recipe only
makes about 20 large cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
3 ¼ cups cake flour
1 12 ounce bag Reese’s Peanut Butter chips
Peanut butter frosting, recipe below
Chopped peanuts or mini chocolate chips to garnish, if desired

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.    Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda until creamy.
3.    Add eggs and beat well.
4.     Mix in flour until just blended together. Stir in peanut butter chips.
5.    Using an ice cream scoop, drop on parchment-lined cookie sheet about 4 inches apart. They are large cookies so I only bake 6 at a time. 
     **Note: To freeze cookie dough to bake later: after scooping onto parchment lined cookie sheet and before baking, I stick the pan in the freezer for a few hours so they are individually frozen. Then I put the frozen cookie dough balls in a zip lock bag so I've got fresh cookies ready to pop in the oven at a moment's notice. Here is a batch going in the freezer to bake later.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. I always slightly underbake my cookies because I like them soft & gooey. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.
      7. Spread peanut butter frosting on cooled cookies & sprinkle with chopped
           peanuts or mini chocolate chips, if desired.

 Peanut Butter Frosting

½  cup butter, softened
½ cup peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk to thin for desired consistency

1.    Cream together butter and peanut butter.
2.    Beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth.
3.    Add milk a tablespoon at a time, until frosting is smooth and creamy.
                                                        *GIVEAWAY*
AND...for those celebrating back to school or to cheer up those who aren't celebrating (like me), I'm giving away this SWEET handmade apron. My friend, Kim, made this and she is a VERY talented seamstress. The apron is ADORABLE! It is generously cut to fit all sizes; it's reversible with a deep pocket on both sides, has a cute ruffle at the bottom and coordinating ties at the neck and waist. Everyone is eligible for TWO entries, see directions below. Contest ends Saturday night, September 7 at midnight.
Contest is
OVER
26 total entries
And the winner is...
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Entry #9Lisa J.
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR PLAYING! CONGRATS LISA J.! Enjoy your new apron! I'm emailing you now.

10 comments:

  1. I'm just thankful for all I have. I'm struggling but I know I'm not alone. Last week and every day I'll remember that!

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    1. Thanks for the great reminder to count my blessings, Mahdi! Hugs! :)

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  2. I am happy that I got to see the beach yesterday - even though it was a drizzly day it was so peaceful.

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    1. I'm jealous! The beach is my happy place & I don't get to see it often enough. My dream is to live near the ocean. :)

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  3. Staying in a hotel with a great view. It makes such a difference to mood!
    tricia z
    reading1051@yahoo.com

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    1. Ahhh...that would definitely cheer me up. Thanks for sharing, Tricia!

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  4. That I was able to drive my car again. I was not able to because of health reasons. Now feeling better and it is good to be back behind the wheel and go where I need to go. Great feeling.
    Me8Wrest@hotmail.com

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    1. YAY! That is great news! I have two friends who currently can't drive for medical reasons. I can only imagine how thrilled you are to be back in the driver's seat! I'm so happy you are feeling better!

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  5. Thank you so much for the Apron. I cannot wait to get it and use it! I spill on everything I wear when I am cooking so this apron is going to save my clothes! What a great gift to win on my birthday.
    Thanks again!!
    Lisa Rademacher Johnson

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  6. This place is so beautiful and romantic. They have a gorgeous patio area that is draped in white. Just gorgeous!! The room has a separate bar area with bartenders too.
    best roof top bar nyc

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