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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. October 4, 2012

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Anytime that I want to make a really good cookie, I always turn to Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. My usual go to recipe is the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies because they are quick, easy, soft, cakey, and my husband LOVES them.

This day I was craving peanut butter and oatmeal. I wanted to add another add-in and I voted for chocolate chips, but I was vetoed by my husband because he prefers raisins in any type of oatmeal cookie. These cookies turned out great, but the raisins made them a little hard to roll into balls. I definitely preferred them without raisin. I ended up bringing these to work and leaving them in the back room. Everyone that tried them loved them, and they had no idea that they were Vegan. YAY, for fooling my co-workers.



The End – Tuesdays With Dorie: Kid’s Thumbprints December 27, 2011

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How many years has it been?
I actually have to look at a calendar just to double check. It took us 4 years to bake through Baking: From My Home to Yours, give or take. I actually joined a couple of months in so I still have some baking catch up to do. I am just in complete shock that this is the last entry for Tuesday With Dorie.
As a present to our fearless leader, Laurie, and her inspiration, Dorie Greenspan, all of the members with Tuesdays With Dorie took a picture of themselves with their cookbook. Well I missed the deadline for this  awesome opportunity because of two things: I procrastinated (as usual) and did not check my email often enough, and my little one distracts me with all her cuteness.
So, to make up for it here is the picture I would have sent in if time were on my side.

What am I going to do with my time?
Well I will be spending most of it with my little girl and then come February, we get to start another new chapter in Dorie baking. I actually am excited 🙂
So, this last recipe was chosen by Dorie herself and she picked her Kid’s Thumbprint which are located on page 163. These little peanut packed cookies were very easy to make and bake. Too bad I didn’t chop up enough peanuts. I fixed this problem by rolling the rest of the cookies in sugar. Mike didn’t seem too keen on jam in the thumbprints so we went with chocolate because who doesn’t love peanuts and chocolate 🙂

I have had some great times baking, posting, and hosting. All of the comments that people have made, even by Dorie herself, have meant so much to me and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a member of this wonderful group of people. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring. Happy baking….and eating 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Peanut Butter Crisscrosses September 7, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Jasmine of Jasmine Cuisine.  She picked Dorie’s Peanut Butter Crisscrosses, which are located on page 78 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Who doesn’t love a peanut butter cookie?

I know that if I wasn’t trying to be good that I would probably have eaten most of the half batch that I made.  With self-control in place, I ate 2 last night.  They were great.  I loved the random crunch of peanuts, and the absolute softness of the cookie.  PERFECT!!!!

I am currently drinking a Strawberry Banana Protein Shake and all I can think is, “Peanuts have protein.  Lets go eat a cookie.”  My self-control is still intact and hopefully it will stay that way the rest of the day.  Great Pick for this week 🙂


My little Monkey turned 4 :) November 19, 2008

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Theoden when he was 9 wks old

Theoden when he was 9 wks old

It was my first child’s birthday on Monday.  He turned four years old.  I can’t believe it has been four years.  I remember the day when I was talking to one of my friends and she mentioned that she was going to breed her first Miniature Schnauzer Sadie.  Right then I told her that if she did I would want one of the puppies 🙂  Theoden was in her first litter and she hasn’t stopped breeding beautiful Miniature Schnauzers.  I ended up getting my second child from her almost two years later.

Theoden was the sweetest baby ever.  I remember putting him in my jacket and walking around campus with him.  He is the only Miniature Schnauzer that I have ever had that loves everyone, and doesn’t bark (very much).  He started to bark a little once I got his brother, Eomer.  Eomer is very vocal and a trouble maker, but a huge cuddle monster.


Theoden now 🙂

If you are a nerd like me you have noticed that my children are named after Lord of the Rings characters.  I also have two other Miniature Schnauzer that are with my parents and they are named after the Hobbits Mery and Pippin.  I lay claim to Pippin or Peregrin Took IV as the AKC likes to call him.  I guess I haven’t been the only LOTR fan that has registered her pups with the AKC 🙂

Back to Theoden’s Birthday.  I decided that I would try to make him another treat  out of You Bake’em Dog Biscuits Cookbook by Janine Adams.  I ended up deciding on the Peanut Butter Banana Muffins.  I made the muffins in mini form since my pups are small.  The recipe ended up making 36 mini muffins. The muffins were a hit and the pups just munch them down.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins


Source: You Bake’em Dog Biscuits Cookbook by Janine Adams

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1 banana

3 tbsp oil

1/4 cup honey or molasses

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Line the cups of a mini-mufin tin with papper cups or spray them with oil.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.  Blend the peanut butter, egg, and milk together in a food processor.  Add the banana and the oil and molasses.  Mix until well blended.  Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a spoon or spatula.  Mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.  Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan, filling each cup about 3/4 full.  Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days.


Vegan Adventure #8 September 4, 2008

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I have been looking for a way to use the two bananas that are left it my apartment which I had to put in the fridge the other day so that they wouldn’t go bad. They were almost completely black…opps 🙂 I didn’t want to go to the grocery store and I didn’t necessarily want to make cupcakes, but I have been starring at this recipe for days now and have been wanting to make it. I actually have all the ingredients, so I finally gave in and made the damn things.



Tuesdays With Dorie: Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters September 2, 2008

This weeks Tuesday with Dorie was chosen by Stefany of Proceed with Caution she chose the Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters located on page 73 of Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

When I was mixing this dough together I just wanted to jump right in. The smell of the peanut butter just made me so hungry. I ended up using creamy peanut butter because it was at room temperature. Don’t ask but I have this thing that I put my peanut butter in the refrigerator. My mom tells me that I get it from my father because he always did that and she would keep hers in the pantry. I guess I take after my dad in a lot of ways. But I think another reason why I do it is because of all those food course that I took in college. I don’t want anything weird growing in it, so just in case I put it in the refrigerator. Also, I usually only use crunchy peanut butter because I LOVE it. I think it stems from when I had braces as a kid and that was one of the things that you couldn’t have. I had to live without for 2 years and I am not going to do that anymore 🙂 . (more…)