Cookies, Desserts, Recipes

Peanut Butter Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Delightful little chocolate-studded oatmeal cookies filled with lots of peanut butter and honey flavor. Everyone will sneak open the cookie jar for “just one more” over and over again!

Delightful little chocolate-studded oatmeal cookies filled with lots of peanut butter and honey flavor. Everyone will sneak open the cookie jar for "just one more" over and over again!

My  mom has the cutest habit. Whenever she makes a recipe, she jots down a note on the recipe itself with her thoughts and the date. So no matter if it’s a recipe from a cookbook, a magazine, or printed out from the internet, she has a record of when she made a recipe AND what everyone thought of it. The worst recipes get thrown away or crossed out… but the best she sends on to her daughters. I have to admit that I don’t make all of the recipes she sends my way… but the best? Of course. 🙂 And since these Peanut Butter Honey Oatmeal Cookies, first made in February 2011, were “out of this world,” you know I HAD to make them.

Delightful little chocolate-studded oatmeal cookies filled with lots of peanut butter and honey flavor. Everyone will sneak open the cookie jar for "just one more" over and over again!

Why wouldn’t they be out of this world? Let’s look at the ingredients: oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate… these are a few of my favorite things! Aren’t they yours?

Delightful little chocolate-studded oatmeal cookies filled with lots of peanut butter and honey flavor. Everyone will sneak open the cookie jar for "just one more" over and over again!

I’ve made these cookies two ways, as you can see in the recipe below. The first way is with a combination of peanut butter and honey. Don’t use the straight up natural kind–there’s too much oil–but you can use the shelf-stable natural peanut butter. That works great! OR  you can use some of those fun peanut butters that blend honey and peanut butter together, or even use honey-roasted peanut butter. The possibilities are endless! Just be sure to use some sort of honey and peanut butter combo, because it’s the addition of honey that takes these oatmeal based cookies from ordinary to out of this world extraordinary! P.S. Crunchy peanut butter lovers take note–crunchy peanut butter is awesome here too! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Enjoyyy!

one year ago: Apple Peanut Butter Pancakes with Sautéed Cinnamon Apples
two years ago: Potato Rosemary Knots
three years ago: Lindsay’s Chicken Noodle Soup
four years ago: 60 Minute Sandwich Buns
five years ago: Mexican Chicken Alfredo
six years ago: Tomato Tortellini Soup

Peanut Butter Honey Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 6 dozen cookies
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from my mom 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter – I used the Peter Pan Natural kind… any of the shelf stable “natural” peanut butters would be fine, or regular peanut butter. I wouldn’t use natural peanut butter that you have to refrigerate though. Creamy or crunchy peanut butter are both good options here. You can omit the honey below if you want to use a honey-peanut butter blend.
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

With an electric mix, beat together butter, peanut butter, and honey. Beat in sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in eggs until just combined, then fold in oat mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop out the dough onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

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Desserts, Other, Recipes

SRC: Homemade Magic Shell

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell… just looking for an ice cream home! 🙂

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell... just looking for an ice cream home! :)

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Secret Recipe Club! I haven’t been around for a few months, but I’ve had a good excuse in the form of this sweet baby boy. This has been my longest–and only–hiatus from SRC since I joined… but this little guy has been well worth it. 🙂

Isn’t he cute?!?? I may be a little biased but I think so… he was born in May and is doing great. 🙂 Anyways, I’m happy to be back blogging and back at it with SRC. This month I was assigned to Kirstin’s blog, Loving Life, which is filled to the brim with dozens of easy family recipes. Kirstin lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, an area of the country that I’m not very familiar with but she did live in Ohio so we have that in common. Woo! It was so hard to choose what to make from the many delcious treats she shares on her blog. This fall I want to make these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars and at Christmas, this Cranberry Apple Casserole will be sure to be on the menu. But for now, I had to go for a summer recipe… and what’s more summery than ice cream?!? Not a whole lot…

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell... just looking for an ice cream home! :)

Ben and I have been going through half gallons of ice cream like nobody’s business this summer. Seriously. It’s been so hot and I haven’t had much time to bake, so ice cream is an easy and wonderful dessert option. Ben also has an ice cream pocket [a special space in his stomach to store ice cream, duh] and I am developing one, so we don’t mind a bit. Usually, we go for flavors like Peach, French Silk, Moose Tracks, Black Cherry, etc… you know, flavors that don’t really need toppings. But sometimes it’s fun to go for a classic vanilla bean and add toppings to suit your needs. Yes, I said needs. See ice cream pocket above. 🙂 I like adding chocolate chips and a little bit of melted peanut butter, while Ben prefers chocolate sauce or caramel sauce. One topping we almost never have at the house because it’s so dangerous is magic shell. That stuff is FUN to watch harden on your ice cream, isn’t it? I remember when my mom bought it for the first time. We were all in awe! So when I saw that Kirstin had a homemade magic shell recipe, I had to try it out. It just takes three ingredients and a few minutes to get to magic shell perfection. I wasn’t sure if it would really work like the store bought stuff, but it DOES! I was so impressed. I know this is a recipe I’ll be making over and over again, and I hope you will too. Thanks, Kirstin! Enjoy!

Just three ingredients and a few minutes til you have delicious, homemade magic shell... just looking for an ice cream home! :)

one year ago: Eggplant Caponata Sandwiches
two years ago: Baked Cauli-Tots
three years ago: Quinoa Black Bean Burritos with Southwest Sauce

four years ago: Summery Squash and Chicken Lasagna
five years ago: Kale Frittata
six years ago: Jambalaya

Homemade Magic Shell

from Loving Life

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until melted, then allow to cool for a few minutes before spooning onto ice cream.

Be sure to check out other SRC recipes at the link below!

Cookies, Desserts, Recipes

Avalanche Cookies #bookclubcookbookCC

These addictive creamy peanut butter-based no bake cookies are full of fluffy marshmallows, decadent white chocolate, and crunchy Rice Krispies cereal. Believe the hype–these are fabulous!

These addictive creamy peanut butter-based no bake cookies are full of fluffy marshmallows, decadent white chocolate, and crunchy Rice Krispies cereal. Believe the hype--these are fabulous!

Have you ever had Avalanche Cookies before? Or the original Avalanche Bark from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory? If you haven’t, you are missing out! But good thing–these cookies are super simple to make and they are no bake, so perfect for the current heat wave of summer! It’s been about a zillion degrees in Nashville lately, so I haven’t wanted to turn my oven on to bake. And with a newborn, it’s not like I have much time anyways. 🙂 But what I DO have time for is super easy no bake treats like these… or these chocolate peanut butter granola bars. Mmmm!

These addictive creamy peanut butter-based no bake cookies are full of fluffy marshmallows, decadent white chocolate, and crunchy Rice Krispies cereal. Believe the hype--these are fabulous!

I really shouldn’t make these treats very often though, because they are so addictive. Whether you’re eating the “batter” or the cookies themselves, you will want to keep going back for more and more. They have such a rich, distinctive flavor–the perfect blend of caramel-y, butterscotch-y, chocolate-y goodness that arises when you mix together peanut butter and white chocolate. Originally I wasn’t going to share this recipe as my contribution to #BookClubCookbookCC for our June selection, Chocolat, because these treats don’t seem as sophisticated enough to be French… but then I decided, what the heck. They have chocolate in them and they are tasty treats. Who can say no to that? Certainly not the French, haha. I haven’t actually read the book Chocolat or seen the film [yikes] but I would like to, so I will request them from my local library soon. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this month and for pushing me to make something AND write a blog post this week, Sarah! If you would like to win a copy of The Book Club Cook Book, the cookbook that this event is based off of, scroll to the end of this post. This month we are giving away TWO copies so you have a great chance to win! 🙂

These addictive creamy peanut butter-based no bake cookies are full of fluffy marshmallows, decadent white chocolate, and crunchy Rice Krispies cereal. Believe the hype--these are fabulous!

There are many versions of these cookies online–even a few bar cookies variations–but what I did differently was to add additional cereal to the peanut butter/white chocolate mixture. This adds a little bit of extra crunch [and stretches the number of cookies you can make, which is always a plus in my book]. But if you want a richer treat, you can reduce the cereal down to 1 1/2 or 2 cups. We thought they were plenty rich though… and plenty delicious. I added mini chocolate chips to a few and boy was that great! I think sprinkles on top would be wonderful too, but certainly not necessary. No matter how you make these, everyone will love them. Enjoy!

one year ago: Strawberry Ginger Smoothie
two years ago: Tabbouleh 
three years ago: Italian Chicken & Veggie Couscous Bowls
four years ago: Banana Crumb Muffins
five years ago: Creamy Taco Mac

Avalanche Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen
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slightly adapted from Cookies & Cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal [like Rice Krispies]
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 16 ounces white chocolate [chips or candy coating]
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together cereal and mini marshmallows. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or wax/parchment paper.

Melt white chocolate and peanut butter together using your desired method. I used the white chocolate candy coating and melted that for 1 minute in the microwave, then added the peanut butter and melted everything together for about 20 seconds, but your results may vary. You can use a double boiler if you prefer.

Immediately pour white chocolate mixture over cereal mixture, then stir together. Scoop out onto prepared baking sheets in about 1 tablespoon rounded scoops. Refrigerate to for about 20 minutes or so to set, then enjoy!

These are pretty stable at room temperature but if it’s really hot or humid you may want to refrigerate until serving if possible.

Mix ins like mini chocolate chips or sprinkles are always good, but not necessary. 🙂

 

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Breakfast, Granola, Recipes

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These healthy, flavorful granola bars are full of that wonderful chocolate peanut butter goodness that EVERYONE knows and loves. And they can be made in ten minutes, perfect for any busy schedule… even that of a new mama. 🙂

These healthy, flavorful granola bars are full of that wonderful chocolate peanut butter goodness that EVERYONE knows and loves. And they can be made in ten minutes, perfect for any busy schedule... even that of a new mama. :)

Hi guys! Another new recipe! Who am I?!? I just had to take some of my free time to share this no bake granola bar recipe with you… because frankly, I’m obsessed with them. I’ve made two batches in just as many weeks… and eaten almost all of them myself! 🙂 You know what else I’m quickly becoming obsessed with? Babywearing! Having two hands to use during baby naps [that he prefers to take on me or on Ben] is priceless. I have a Baby K’Tan and it’s purple and fabulous. I can even cook while wearing it! Well, cooking is a bit of a stretch, but I definitely can make really easy recipes as long as they don’t involve putting something in the oven or any potential splatters from the stovetop. Paranoid, safety conscious new mom here! Probably for a good reason, but still.

These healthy, flavorful granola bars are full of that wonderful chocolate peanut butter goodness that EVERYONE knows and loves. And they can be made in ten minutes, perfect for any busy schedule... even that of a new mama. :)

Anyways, back to this deliciousness! And no, I’m not talking about this cute ONE MONTH old baby here. Though he IS delicious and adorable, huh? What do you think I should call him on the blog? Due to his privacy and not wanting to make more of an online trail for him in the future than necessary, I don’t want to share his full name here. Before he was born, we joked around that his name would be “Volde,” as in Voldemort so his current Instagram hashtag is #BabyVolde. We might stick with that, or we might adapt one of his [many] family nicknames. Most of them have to do with foxes, because we chose woodland animals as his nursery theme. Gah, I way overthink EVERYTHING. Haha.

These healthy, flavorful granola bars are full of that wonderful chocolate peanut butter goodness that EVERYONE knows and loves. And they can be made in ten minutes, perfect for any busy schedule... even that of a new mama. :)

This cutie has his eyes open more and more these days… he’s so fun! Moving on… no good transition, but I gotta get moving as naptime will be coming to a screeching halt any minute now. 🙂 These granola bars. They are no bake, amazingly delicious, and SO simple to throw together. Since I made my first batch, I’ve eaten one just about every day. Err, night. Middle of the night feedings make me hungry! Or maybe it’s just being up in the middle of the night that makes me hungry. Either way, I learned very early on in this little one’s life that I needed a healthy snack to eat in the middle of the night when I was up with the babe. Granola bars are the easy choice, right?

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars3

For a couple weeks I was buying [or sending Ben to buy] the more wholesome granola bars from the grocery store… but then I felt like baking. So I decided to make my own using healthy ingredients that I had on hand! Some oats, Rice Krispies cereal, nuts, honey, peanut butter, and chocolate later, these babies were born. I was a little unsure of how they would turn out using natural peanut butter as the base, but I’m happy to report that they stick together just fine if you store them in the refrigerator. Score! They do get a little melty at room temperature, but I’m sure you can eat them quickly enough to remedy that problem. I know I sure do! The classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate is one that I don’t tire of easily. Reminds me of eating candy, so much so that I have to stop myself from setting the baby down partway through a feeding to go get another granola bar. No joke. These granola bars are that good! With that in mind, it’s probably for the best they need to hang out in the fridge so they last a little longer. I bet they would freeze well too, though I haven’t tried that yet. Hope you can make these granola bars soon–you won’t regret it! Enjoy!

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars2

one year ago: Cherry Chipotle Chicken Salad with Cherry Lime Salsa
two years ago: Dark Chocolate Double Coconut Macaroons

three years ago: Pretzel Rolls
four years ago: Orange Glazed Chicken Stir Fry
five years ago: Strawberry Chocolate Coconut Pancakes

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

  • Servings: 16
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from It’s Just Laine

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter – I used natural creamy
  • 3/4 cup honey – I used mostly honey but a little maple syrup because I ran out
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder [dark chocolate if you have it]
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • up to 2 cups of mix-ins–I’ve been using the following:
    • 1/2 cup peanuts
    • 1/2 cup Reese’s chips
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and cocoa powder over low heat. No need to boil, just heat until melted together. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. This step can also be done in the microwave if desired–just mix in a bowl and heat on 50% power until melted. For me, this was about 45 seconds.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats and Rice Krispies. Pour peanut butter mixture on top and stir to combine. Fold in mix-ins, then transfer to prepared pan. Use a sheet of wax paper or a spatula to press down and flatten. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour, or up to overnight to set.

After bars have set, cut as desired. Store in the refrigerator or freezer, especially during warm/humid months.

 

Desserts, Other, Recipes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream

Like chocolate? Peanut butter? Oreos? Cool whip? Who doesn’t?!? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream is a celebration of all things delicious! Better gather some friends to share, because this is one dreamy dessert you won’t be able to eat all on your own. 🙂

Like chocolate? Peanut butter? Oreos? Cool whip? Who doesn't?!? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream is a celebration of all things delicious! Better gather some friends to share, because this is one dessert you won't be able to eat all on your own. :)

Hey everyone! It’s my birthday! Woohoo! And to celebrate, I made you an awesome dessert that you should definitely try ASAP! I know the stereotypes with pregnant women are that we love our dessert or our salty snacks or whatever the craving of the moment is… but truthfully I have a hard time relating to that. I don’t feel like my eating habits have changed all that much during pregnancy, and think my husband would agree. Yes, maybe I’ve been a little more open to the idea of [almost weekly] trips to Dunkin’ Donuts after church for coffee and a doughnut… and I think I’ve wanted to eat burgers a little more than usual, but overall, things have been pretty normal on the food front. I have wanted to try to continue to eat healthy, wholesome food for our little guy. 🙂 And hopefully to influence his tastebuds to be open to our normal eating habits. Unless allergies are an issue, I have no plans to become a short order cook or suddenly start buying lots of kid-friendly food because that’s “easier.” Seasoned parents might be laughing a little now, but I figure that this way of thinking was probably the norm for many, many centuries and it’s only in the past 100 years [or less!] that things like this have been an issue. I remember my grandpa always telling me a story of his love for ketchup as a kid in the 1920s or 30s… one time he got in trouble for indulging on ketchup and his dad made him eat like the whole bottle or something. So anyways, I’m not sure how to transition from ketchup to this wonderful Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream but let’s go!

Like chocolate? Peanut butter? Oreos? Cool whip? Who doesn't?!? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream is a celebration of all things delicious! Better gather some friends to share, because this is one dessert you won't be able to eat all on your own. :)

I’ve always been a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter together so when I saw the recipe for this layered pudding pie, I was smitten. Let’s explore all those layers of deliciousness, shall we? I have to admit my layers didn’t quite set as well as I would have liked [I’ll explain why in a bit] but each bite still had all the yummy elements so no one complained. 🙂 First, we start with an Oreo crust. Mhmm, just like you think. I believe you can buy premade Oreo crusts but it was pretty simple to make one with crushed Oreos and melted butter [I even used the generic Oreso but you do you!]. Next was my favorite layer–the peanut butter cream cheese mixture. Ohh yes, creamy peanut butter whipped with cream cheese, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar [not that this pie needed any more sugar, but it’s a treat so that’s okay!]. On top of that was a layer of chocolate pudding. I used a box mix for ease but homemade would be even better I’m sure. Finally, we have straight up Cool Whip and a candy topping. I used Reese’s because, duh, but the original recipe called for Butterfinger which is also great. Nut lovers might choose Snickers… or dark chocolate chunks? Anything goes here, my friends! Each layer would be a dessert in and of itself, but together it’s like dessert on steroids! Can you tell how much I love this pie??!

Like chocolate? Peanut butter? Oreos? Cool whip? Who doesn't?!? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream is a celebration of all things delicious! Better gather some friends to share, because this is one dessert you won't be able to eat all on your own. :)

Part of the reason I think my layers didn’t quite stay separate as much as I would have liked was that the original recipe called for making this dessert in a 9×13 inch pan, not two pie pans like I did. I think my brother in law summed it up pretty well when he said that he couldn’t quite visualize a 9×13 inch pan of this dessert. He’s a smart guy, so I’ll just leave it at that. Ha!

Like chocolate? Peanut butter? Oreos? Cool whip? Who doesn't?!? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream is a celebration of all things delicious! Better gather some friends to share, because this is one dessert you won't be able to eat all on your own. :)

I actually decided to divide the recipe into two pies because I wanted to eat some pretty much the second I saw the recipe in March but also wanted to save some for my family’s [then upcoming] visit for my baby shower in early April. And I didn’t think Ben and I could eat a 9×13 pan of this stuff on our own…so I made two pies and froze one, with great results. 🙂 The layers didn’t separate very well because the pie pans were slightly different sizes and I didn’t do a great job dividing the mixture accordingly, so I had to improvise a bit on the smaller one pictured above. Regardless, this dessert is the absolute DREAM of anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate… and it’s a guaranteed hit! I don’t have any left for my birthday today [cue the tears] but it’s definitely worth making for a birthday or other special occasion… like a Wednesday night. 🙂 Enjoy!

one year ago: Spicy Chickpea Bacon Burgers
two years ago: Easy Homemade New York Bagels
three years ago: Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
four years ago: Royal Berry Coffee Cake
five years ago: Oreo Truffles

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Dream

  • Servings: 12+
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from Seeded at the Table

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Oreo cookies [14.3 ounces]
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter [I used Peter Pan Natural]
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip, softened and divided
  • 1 large package instant chocolate pudding mix [5.9 ounces]
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 mini [or 4 regular] Reese’s, chopped OR 2 regular Butterfinger candy bars, chopped

Directions:

Grease a 9×13 inch pan OR two 8-10 inch pie pans with cooking spray.

Crush Oreos into fine crumbs [I used my food processor], then stir in melted butter. Press into prepared pan, on the bottom of the 9×13 inch pan or along the bottom and sides of the pie pans.

Next, with an electric mixer, blend together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in half of the Cool Whip.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk [this will be less milk than the package calls for] and let rest for 2-3 minutes to set.

Meanwhile, spread peanut butter mixture on top of Oreo crust. When the pudding has firmed up a bit, spread evenly on top of peanut butter mixture. Top with remaining Cool Whip, then sprinkle with candy. Cover gently and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set.

This dessert is best the day it is made, but will keep in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze it and defrost in the refrigerator for about 24 hours before serving. It tastes as good as new, though the layers don’t look as pretty. Enjoy!