Saturday, August 20, 2011

Monster Cookies (GF)

1 1/3 sticks butter
1 ½ cup honey
1 lb crunchy peanut butter
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
7 cups oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips 

Cream butter and honey. Add peanut butter. Mix in eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Add oats while mixer is running. Mix in chocolate chips. Scoop generous spoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake at 325' for 16-18 minutes.

Note: This is a modified and smaller recipe based on my preferences. The original recipe is literally humongous and you're supposed to make really large cookies out of it (1 lb butter, 2 lbs brown sugar, 4 cups white sugar, 3 lbs crunchy peanut butter, 1 dozen eggs, 1 TB vanilla, 2 TB baking soda, 18 cups oats, 2 cups m&ms, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips). 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Peanut Butter

This post inspired me to try my hand at homemade peanut butter. It was sooo simple. Seriously. If you have a food processor, it takes practically no effort. First, buy peanuts. I bought raw valencias with skins on from Azure Standard.

yes, those are silly bands underneath
Next, dump them onto a baking sheet and roast them in your 350' oven for 15-20 minutes or until shiny and slightly fragrant. Shake the pan once in the middle if you want to. Dump them into your food processor. You can wait a bit for them to cool if you'd like.

Process them for about 5 minutes. After about 3 minutes, the peanuts start to ball up in the mixer. You could stop there if you like it like that but I prefer mine more creamy. If you continue to process, the ball will eventually breakup and become more like peanut butter. If your food processor is having a hard time with it, try doing 1 lb of peanuts at a time.

You can flavor with just salt or add a TB of coconut oil and/or honey. I just used a bit of sea salt. 2 lbs of peanuts made 2 pints of peanut butter. Store in the fridge.

Now I just need to figure out how to store 30 lbs of peanuts in my apartment...

Carrot Cake

We finally found our perfect carrot cake! Go here for the recipe. We've made it twice now and preferred it with whole wheat flour and less powdered sugar in the frosting. Fantastic recipe though. If you like carrot cake - try it.

bake the cakes
make the frosting
have thirds