Laurie's Kitchen

A cooking blog of some of my favorites

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Gluten Free) January 23, 2013

Filed under: Breakfast,Brunch,Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert,Fall,Peanut Butter — laurms15 @ 6:29 am

This is a great breakfast treat. To make it healthier change the add-ins. Raisins, Cranberries, almonds, or anything else you can think of. You can use two toppings at 1/3 cups each.

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup rice cereal
1 cup instant oats
1/3 cup dried Cranberries
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a large bowl combine rice cereal, rolled oats and raisins. Set aside.
2. Melt peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until smooth and combined.
3. Pour peanut butter mixture over rice cereal mixture and stir until all of the cereal and oats are coated.
4. Allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes then gently stir in chocolate chips.
5. Pour mixture onto parchment paper and flatten and let cool.
6. Place in fridge and cut into bars.

If you purchase and use gluten free rice cereal and you can tolerate the gluten free instant oats then this recipe is gluten free friendly.

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Peanut Butter M&M Bars January 22, 2012

Filed under: Brownies,Chocolate,Dessert,Peanut Butter — laurms15 @ 2:28 pm

M&M Peanut Butter Bars
adapted from http://www.notrachaelray.com/

 

3/4 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
2 large eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose baking mix (Bisquick, for example)
1 bag of M&Ms (I used regular)

 

1. Preheat oven to 325*F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine peanut butter and eggs until well mixed and smooth.
3. Add in brown sugar and stir until combined.
4. Stir in baking mix until moistened.
5. Fold in M&Ms. Not all of the M&Ms stuck in the batter (or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it dough). I just shoved them in when I put it all in the pan.
6. Spread mixture in greased pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

 

I adjusted this recipe. Having never baked with Bisquick I didn’t have it in the house and it was snowing out….soooo leaving the house wasn’t the best option. I decided to look up Bisquick and I found this on Wikipedia:

One cup of Bisquick can be substituted by a mix of one cup of flour, 1½ teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of oil or melted butter.

Perfect! I used Canola oil and they are AMAZING. I’m taking them to watch a football game at a friends house.

 

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies December 18, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert,Peanut Butter — laurms15 @ 12:07 pm

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Servings: about 24 cookies

Ingredients

1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons milk

1  cup + M&M’s (sometimes I add a little more to make sure all of the cookies have enough)

3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda, whisking until combined.  Set aside.

4. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.

5. Add the sugars and peanut butter, mixing until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

6. Reduce the mixer speed and add the egg, vanilla, and milk, mixing until completely combined.

7. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the M&M’s and chocolate chips.

8. Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets and bake the cookies until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 minutes.  Let cool completely.

Original Recipe

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites October 17, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Dessert,Peanut Butter — laurms15 @ 8:10 am

I made these over the weekend and had t hide them from my husband to get him to stop eating them!

– 1 cup creamy peanut butter
– 1/4 cup melted butter
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 1 – 2  Tbsp milk
– 1 1/2 cups of chocolate (chips or pieces for melting)
– toothpicks
– parchment paper

1. Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter together until a soft dough forms. If it’s a little bit dry or too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk. Stir until it becomes the consistency of Play-Doh.

2. Roll the peanut butter into small balls.

3. Melt chocolate in a glass container for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove, stir and heat another 30 seconds if needed. Repeat until the chocolate is runny enough for dipping.

4. Remove peanut butter from the freezer. Use a toothpick to skewer one of the balls. Dip it in the chocolate and gently shake off the excess into the bowl. Place the candy on waxed paper to harden. (If there’s a spot where the peanut butter didn’t get completely covered – usually where the toothpick was – just drop a little bit of chocolate on that spot with a spoon.)