Friday, December 19, 2014

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Bars

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Bars

I like giving homemade food gifts because I think the love and effort that goes into making them truly expresses to the recipient that they were important enough to you to make the effort. And so I spent the morning of my dearest friend's birthday in the kitchen, baking these treats for her. I also have a treat for you today because Peanut Butter & Co. will send 4 jars of their peanut butter, in your choice of flavors, to the winner of my giveaway below.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Bars
Most of the peanut butter bars I've seen have the peanut butter in the dough but I wanted a creamy layer of it in between the chocolate crumb bars. Some recipe tweaking was needed although it was certainly a labor of love.

It's been a difficult year for me and I honestly don't know how I would have made it through without my best friend. I've always heard that if you find one true friend in your life, you should consider yourself blessed. And I am doubly blessed because I found her early in life.

So I happily made these birthday bars for her and, if there's someone in your life that deserves a homemade treat, these were a big hit. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for the chance to win some amazing peanut butter flavors and create our own special treats.



Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Bars
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 55 Minutes
Ingredients (12 Servings)
  • Bars:
  • 3 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Egg

  • Filling:
  • 16 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator)
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Bars
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9" square baking pan with parchment or aluminum foil for easy removal.

Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple of times to combine. Add the butter and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Add the vanilla and egg and mix until the batter almost turns into a ball. Pat about 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the pan until you have an even layer.

Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla, peanut butter and salt until smooth. Pour into the baking pan. Crumble the remaining dough in your hands and drop it on top of the peanut butter batter. Bake for 45 - 55 minutes or until the top is set. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
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Check out the recipe for these Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies using the Dark Chocolate Dreams and Old Fashioned Crunchy flavors.

Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsel Snack Cakes

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsel Snack Cakes

If you think that I'm capable of walking past a package of chocolate chips stuffed with peanut butter then it's obvious that we've never met. It was definitely one of those "stopped in my tracks" moments in the baking aisle when there, next to the chocolate chips and the peanut butter chips, was the combo of my dreams. Thank you, Nestle, for your new DelightFulls filled baking morsels. Or snacking morsels, as the case may be. Or just buy two and do both.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Savory Cheesecake with Honeyed Walnuts


Tracking PixelToday I have the pleasure of working with Mirassou on some great holiday entertaining ideas.

Savory Cheesecake with Honeyed Walnuts

We're deep into holiday entertaining mode around here. Cocktail parties, appetizers before dinner, something special for New Year's Eve perhaps? I have some great wine and that needed a great appetizer to match. Wine and cheese is a given but a savory cheesecake is so much more impressive. And I promise you there won't be a sliver left because it's just too good.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Banana Cashew Pancakes

Banana Cashew Pancakes

Have I ever mentioned to you that I am a cashew thief? I mean that, if there's a bowl of mixed nuts around, I will surreptitiously steal all the cashews. And if you happen to comment on how few cashews there are in the bowl, I will stand there and complain to you about how the mixed nut companies are shorting us on cashews while pretending there is an equal number of them in the can. This has happened.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Month in Review - November 2014

The Month in Review - November 2014

Excuse me but can somebody please tell me what happened to the first part of December? These days it seems like I blink and I'm handing out Halloween candy, blink again and I'm roasting Thanksgiving turkey and and now all my get-it-done at the start of the month December plans are late. Some of you may be getting Christmas cards for Valentine's Day if this keeps up.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Easy Baked Rice Balls (Arancini)

Easy Baked Rice Balls (Arancini)

Tracking Pixel Today I have the pleasure of partnering with Minute® Rice to create this mouth-watering recipe. As always, thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.

We all have our guilty pleasures and, while mine are usually sweet, rice balls have the savory honor. There's a gourmet Italian market dangerously close to my apartment and they make the most perfect arancini. They also have an amazing produce selection which is why I go there...cough, cough...OK, moving right along.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mediterranean Tapas Potatoes

Mediterranean Tapas Potatoes

Every year it seems like I spend the month of December coming up with creative ways to feed guests. Oh, planning a dinner is easy enough but what about those in-between, buffet type foods. A cold cut platter, cheeses, crudites, something more special?. But what?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs #HavartiHolidays

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs

If you recall, a couple of weeks ago I was whining about not being motivated to make a fuss over breakfast and calling it a successful meal when I've actually poured milk into my bowl of cereal. But, it's the holiday season and making a good breakfast for someone you love or visiting guests is such an act of love. And, in fact, it is on holidays and birthdays that I haul out the bacon and eggs and French toast to make people happy at breakfast. But that's kind of the problem because the recipients are happy but the cook is eating leftover cold French toast crumbs while cleaning the kitchen. Wow, I guess I wasn't done whining.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Chocolate Gingerbread Crumb Cake


The post-Thanksgiving weekend comes with certain traditions around here. Pumpkin and turkey decorations are put away, I can hear the Christmas tree vendors setting up down on the sidewalk and my kitchen smells like gingerbread.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gratitude, Tears and Reflection

Gratitude, Tears and Reflection
Autumn beauty in the city.
No recipe today, my friends.  Those of you cooking tomorrow’s feast already know what you’re making.  But before we break for the long weekend, I wanted to say a few personal words about life and love and this past year.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Savory Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Savory Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

When it comes to Thanksgiving foods, I tend to favor tradition. There's comfort in the familiar and expected. However, what exactly constitutes traditional and familiar is different in every family and culture. In my house, we prefer butternut squash over the better known sweet potato side dish and so that is the flavor we expect.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Apple pie is a Thanksgiving tradition in my house. And Thanksgiving foods are, after all, about tradition. So while I'm not willing to forgo this familiar treat, I've been known to mess with it a little over the years. Last year I did away with the top crust altogether in favor of a peanut butter crumb topping.  And I don't recall hearing any complaints about it, either.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Buttery Breakfast Quick Bread

Buttery Breakfast Quick Bread


Lately I've been thinking a lot about breakfast. And that's pretty unusual for me since it's never been a meal I gave much thought to. It always seems like, no matter how early I get up, I have so much to do before the day "officially" starts and I'm always running behind. So breakfast ends up being a bowl of cold cereal. And I'll admit that I've been known to skip the milk and just eat the cereal bits like little snack bites in between other morning chores. So not inspiring.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Homemade Za'atar Pita Chips and Quick Labneh Dip

Homemade Za'atar Pita Chips and Quick Labneh Dip

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you're not, why aren't you??) then you know that my tag line says "currently sprinkling za'atar on everything."  I'm obsessed with it and with labneh (strained Greek yogurt cheese) too.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Roasted Autumn Vegetable Pot Pie

Roasted Autumn Vegetable Pot Pie

What are your cold weather comfort foods?  I have a few but pot pies are high on the list because they're fully enclosed comfort.  I don't have to make side dishes for a roast or add bread or croutons to a hot soup. Here the hot, creamy, comforting filling is wrapped with delicious pastry dough and served in my own individual portion. Just tuck me into bed with a good movie and this is cold night dinner heaven.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Cookie Week is in full swing and I'm back today with another of my favorite cookie treats. Despite my love of chocolate and my obsession with peanut butter, my all time favorite type of cookie is shortbread. Thick, crumbly, buttery and not overly sweet. Just pour me a cup of tea alongside a good stack of them and I'm a happy woman.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Want Some Cookies?

Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Bakeshop Cookies
Little Red Kitchen Bakeshop Cookie Flavors
All week long, several of my fellow bloggers and I are celebrating Cookie Week with great recipes and an awesome giveaway.  But today I have an extra special giveaway for you. My friend Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen now has an online bakeshop and her cookies put mine to shame.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Welcome to Cookie Week.  Several of my fellow food bloggers and I have some great recipes for you and an awesome giveaway.  Scroll down past the recipe for prize and entry information. And, as a bonus, I'll have an additional, extra special giveaway (hint: it involves free cookies) for you tomorrow.

Cookie Week Sponsor and Giveaway Information

Welcome to the second annual Cookie Week, hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen! We've teamed together with 10 other talented bloggers to bring you 5 fantastic days of cookie recipes to get you in to the holiday spirits.  Now is the time to break out the flour, butter, sugar and eggs.  Bring your friends and family together for cookie exchanges or a giant baking party, we have got you covered!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Month in Review - October 2014

The Month in Review - October 2014

It's finally chilly in New York and the leaves are turning fast. Actually the whole month was fast and I'm not sure how it can already be almost November. The food around here has definitely taken a turn toward autumn fruits and warming comfort. It also seems to have been fixated on caramel, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Apple Pie Crumb Bread with Cinnamon Caramel

Apple Pie Crumb Bread with Cinnamon Caramel

Have you all noticed how popular coconut oil has become? Everywhere I look I see recipes with it and articles talking about the health benefits. I confess that I'm not the biggest fan of coconut flavor and I mostly just like it in my pina coladas.  Still, this merited some research.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tender Slow Cooked Roast in Red Wine Reduction

Tender Slow Cooked Roast in Red Wine Reduction

Sundays in the chilly autumn make me want to cook something low and slow. Something mouthwatering that will make my whole house smell delicious and dinner will be an eagerly awaited event. Something like a Sunday roast

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple and Gorgonzola Biscuit Tarts

Apple and Gorgonzola Biscuit Tarts

My good friend Renee and I are bonded over our mutual love of food, cocktails, photography and doggies. Not necessarily in that order, of course. She's also the creator of the Magnolia Days blog where she shows off her talents. But today she's on vacation, eating and drinking her way through Germany, and she asked me to keep her readers entertained with a good recipe. My pleasure, Renee! And I expect you to bring me back a strudel.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Farmer's Market Deconstructed Apple Pie

Farmer's Market Deconstructed Apple Pie

I'm a big fan of our city's green markets so it was a huge honor to be invited to do a cooking demo at one of them this past Saturday. I spent the week before going over everything with the market director and wandering around the various stalls, with their dizzying array of options, trying to decide what to make. For all the possibilities, though, my eyes kept coming back to the glorious display of apples.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ginger Poached Pears with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Ginger Poached Pears with Gorgonzola and Walnuts


When summer fruit season ends, I usually mourn until I hit the market and discover the autumn bounty of figs, apples and pears.  Especially the pears. For out of hand, sweet juice dripping down your chin, eating, I'm partial to Bartletts.  But for any cooking or baking, I turn to the slightly firmer Boscs. I also happen to think they're the prettiest.  What? You don't think pears are pretty?  Pfft.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Caramel

Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Caramel

I don't understand how it's nearly the middle of October already.  And I certainly don't understand why this is my first pumpkin bread of the season.  I normally like to greet the first nip in the air with the aroma of fresh baked pumpkin bread.  Oh, well, still not to late.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Nutty Peanut Buttery Caramel Apples

Nutty Peanut Buttery Caramel Apples

My fellow holiday food bloggers and I are cooking up Halloween treats today.  Mine aren't spooky but they're totally holiday ready!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Hey, was that a nip I just felt in the air?  Is that quiet from the fact that the constant hum of the air conditioner has been turned off and the windows opened?  This weekend was the first time this season that I wore a jacket and enjoyed warming up under my down comforter.  I love summer and I tell myself I will hold onto it as long as possible but every year, the first chilly day, a leaf falling at my feet and a display of pumpkins sends me into a daze of autumn happiness.  I love autumn!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Month in Review - September 2014

The Month in Review - September 2014

I was just looking back at last month's review and saw that I promised there wouldn't be an onslaught of pumpkin recipes here until October.  I said I'd stick to apples and pears and figs but, OK, so one slipped in. I just had an overwhelming urge to see if pumpkin and soda bread go well together and do they ever!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak

Can you even hear Salisbury steak mentioned without thinking of childhood?  For me it represents the quintessential frozen dinner, that special treat that my mother rarely allowed.  But when she did finally give in and I had a choice, it was usually this one that I'd pick.