Your daily dose of (nice) inbox snark

I know it’s slightly blurred, but I love this one!

I do apologize for the large gaps between posts (I know, I know, it’s my wittiness that you miss)…

I’ve been busy busy of late and have been eating lots of tasty, albeit fast and non-photogenic, food of late. Like tempeh, for instance. I recently discovered that I do, in fact, enjoy this fermented “textured protein”, in spite of a childhood derision for said food object. Like, refusing to ever eat it EVER again. I suppose I’m eating my words on this one… (but that being said, I seriously WILL NEVER EAT tofurky sausage. Like, EVER. Ranks up there with one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever brought near my face… so unless they radically change the formula, there will be no more  of that). So. Tempeh. Tasty, especially in peanut sauce… but definitely NOT conducive to appealing looking photos… at all. You can thank me later for sparing you the pictures.

cooookies!

SO.

Instead, you get COOKIES! Surprised? Yeah, I thought not. But whatever, these are good and a nice change up from my pb-chia-oat-coconut routine. Except that these do have pb and oats, but there is this crazy addition of this thing called COCOA POWDER! Woah. Really going out on a limb here, aren’t we? Besides, I really obviously have a thing for pb cookies… and I had a jar of that amazing coconut-pb spread begging to go into cookies… and it was less hot… and chocolate and pb are a match made in heaven… so there you go. Chocolate cookies. With pb. And oats. Good(ish) for your health, wonderful for your soul. Be happy. Indulge.

bowl ‘o cookies

These cookies are on the soft side (although they are supposed to be chewy… huh. I’m thinking the reduction in sugar is causing the lack of chewiness, so if you prefer a sweeter cookie, go with the amount in the original recipe), so if you like crunchy cookies (Miss Kira, I’m looking at you), leave these in quite a bit longer so they can harden into rusk-like hockey pucks (just kidding!!). They’re lightly sweet but nicely chocolatey. I used a chunky peanut butter which is kind of funny considering I HATE nuts in my baked goods… I kind of didn’t put two and two together that chunky nut butter = nuts in cookies… but for some reason these are acceptable and pass my nut test. Go figure…?

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

I made a full recipe and got 19 cookies… the original says you can get 36, but I question what kind of weirdo wants cookie that small… pshhh. Ever so slightly adapted from Eating Well. I didn’t have pb chips—if so, I would have used them.

Lezzzz DO IT! Scrounge and procure:

  • 1 c chunky peanut butter (or coconut peanut butter if you’re cool like me)
  • 1/4 c canola oil (I may try half applesauce at some point for kicks)
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt (mine was nonfat)
  • 3/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4ish cup of chocolate chippies
failed attempts at cookie henge…

Heat the oven to 350, and line two-ish baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, oats, baking soda, and salt. In a larger bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together peanut butter, oil, and sugars until blended. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and yogurt until just combined. Stir in dry ingredients (the dough is on the sticky side) and chocolate chips. Drop by respectable spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets, flattening slightly with your hand or the bottom of a glass (turbinado sugar on the flattened tops is nice, but I was out). Bake for 8-10 minutes, being careful not to over bake. Mine went for about 10, but I was testing the convection settings on my oven, and mine probably could have gone a bit less. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

for some reason I really like this one… It makes the bowl look luminous!

9 Replies to “Your daily dose of (nice) inbox snark”

  1. Psh. I like my cookies to be versatile: both tasty snacks AND dangerous projectiles! It’s called practicality. And crunchy cookies build jaw muscles, making you strong for the day when you have to bite and claw your way to the top! ;)
    Is coconut peanut butter coconut-tasting??? Where does one acquire this thing?

    1. bahhahaha okay so your comments make me laugh without fail ERRRYYTIME, thank youu! It feels like we still live together when you make me laugh :)) UM. And coconut peanut butter is AAAAmazing, it’s a little coconutty, but not overly so… I think it’s a little rich for normal pb usage (i.e. on toast), but in cookies it. is. LEGIT. It’s made by earth balance, here’s what it looks like:

      http://www.earthbalancenatural.com/product/crunchy-coconut-peanut/

      ohhh and they make creamy too, but that’s so obviously inferior, why would I even bother giving you the link?! Hahaha. Hmm. I’ve been buying it at a local grocery… what if you tried like a New Seasons or WFs or some such up there? What kind of stores do you have within reach?
      <3 TIMES A MILLIONNNNNN

      1. I was going to ask that exact same question–coconut peanut butter sounds amazing! I’m going to have to track some down. Hopefully it’s not eleventy jillion dollars like regular coconut butter is. :/

      2. It’s actually not too bad—I think I paid about $5-6 for it, but this was at a semi-expensive (for no reason) store. Amazing!! Affordable coconut pb, what a concept haha :)

  2. I am off topic, maybe but, I like the photos for this one. The colors look good and the black is a nice change from white, for the right item. I would vote for more sugar. The chewiness is a bonus!

      1. That’s like asking about a favorite child. I believe the “correct” answer is The Empire Strikes Back. But a new hope is great b/c Luke is still cute pre-getting-his-face-ripped-off & that sad scene w/ him staring at the twin suns of Tatooine gets me. Growing up Return of the Jedi was my favorite. That all said: original Holy Trilogy only. And not the special edition.

      2. OHHH SO TRUE! Original only, naturally. New Hope is probably my favorite—it’s one in a million ;) The trench scene is one of the best and I looove Han Solo. Return of the Jedi is great as well–I love when the Ewoks take out the Imperial walkers. The only good part about the prequel trilogy was getting to stand about a foot away from Darth Vader’s suit at a costume exhibit… they had piped in breathing that. was. epic! Also: have you seen my Force Cookies? I know you’d appreciate them :)

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