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Something sweet

13 Jun

My sweet tooth has acted up in unexpected ways so far during my pregnancy. I expected to want nothing but ice cream and candy bars, but instead it’s green apples, smoothies, cherries and all the seasonal fruits. That isn’t to say I haven’t been indulging a little, but (so far unfounded) fears of gestational diabetes have kept me from going overboard. Still, here are a few fun indulgences of late.

A coworker spent two weeks in Okinawa and brought us goodies. Mine was this incredibly fun Matcha Kit Kat:

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And the candy inside:

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I really enjoyed this treat! The aftertaste was like buttercream frosting — that’s the best comparison I can make. I didn’t notice a green tea flavor at all, thanks to all the sugar, but I would definitely sample one again.

She brought a beautiful tin box of these little guys to my boss, who has been generous enough to share with all of us:

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I forgot to take a picture out of the package, but they are little butter cookies filled with white chocolate. They are so rich and pack the perfect pick-me-up amount of sugar for the afternoon slump.

And last night, I had a rare burst of energy (thanks in part to Mr. X making dinner — details to come!) so I decided to make cookies. I had a pretty specific craving for chocolate and peanut butter cookies. I found this recipe and knew I had to adapt them immediately. Avocado as a secret ingredient was too much fun to pass up! Didn’t they turn out cute?

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I actually de-veganized them to work with what I had on hand. I also cut the recipe in half. Here’s what I came up with:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Avocado
Adapted from Veggie and the Beast

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup salted peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Preheat your oven to 350, and grease or line a cookie sheet. Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, and scrape it into a small bowl. Mash until it isn’t lumpy. In the base of your mixer or another bowl, beat the butter until it gets creamy. Add the avocado and beat together until they become uniform. Beat in the sugar and peanut butter, and then the egg and vanilla, until combined. Now slowly add your dry ingredients until all mixed together. Roll down into walnut-sized balls, flattening slightly into fat discs. Bake for 10 minutes on prepared cookie sheet. Let cool, as they will be very soft fresh from the oven.

    Makes about 20 little cookies.

    These are lightly sweet with great chocolate/peanut butter flavor. The avocado adds creaminess without a distinct taste, which is perfect for these little cookies. I will definitely experiment with avocado as a butter substitute again!

    Rees’ Cuppage

    17 Sep

    I was pondering what to do with some of my tea party leftovers. As you saw earlier this week, I ate many of them. The cookies and cupcakes are gone, as are the white bean dip and veggies. I believe the cream cheese is still there, but that should probably become dinner for the garbage disposal today. The only other thing that came to mind was the chocolate chips and the peanut butter (which is not my preferred brand to eat on its own). That led me to doing something terrible. Ghastly. Inexcusable.

    I decided to find a recipe for homemade peanut butter cups.

    I don’t know what I was thinking. I don’t know how this fits into my attempt to clean up my eating after a weekend and subsequent week of gluttony. I just know that it had to happen.

    And so it did. I regret nothing.

    I used Have Cake Will Travel’s incredibly easy and delicious recipe. However, in honor of the failed campaign of my favorite example of “I can’t believe he doesn’t think that’s copyright infringement!”, I have dubbed these Rees’ Cuppage.

    I wonder if he regrets nothing.

    Anyway, check out the recipe, but basically you combine chocolate with a little peanut butter, then peanut butter with sugar, and then you top it all off with more chocolate. How could you go wrong?

    Oh so right. I didn’t manage to completely cover the peanut butter on the sides, as you can see, but I was 10 kinds of cranky last night thanks to Trenitalia‘s evil, mean, stupid website, so I really, really don’t care. And yes, one is missing because it soothed me after I made them.

    Does this picture give you vertigo? I would like to point out that this is not a scheduled post, though I did prepare these last night. No, I am actually eating candy at 9:30 on a Friday morning. But it isn’t my breakfast. No no no, that would just be silly. Consider it a pre-breakfast amuse bouche.

    My bouche is très amused.

    And now Marcello shall help me get back on track. Happy Friday, everyone!

    Update: I s’pose I should have mentioned some real comments on this recipe other than “soooo goooood!”, so here you have it: I think next time I would add vanilla to either the chocolate or the peanut butter. I think it would be fun to experiment with adding a little coconut milk to the chocolate, too. Otherwise, I loved it just the way it was.