Throw Back

Rabbi Cookies


I apologize for the lack of posts this past week, I was getting my Geek on at GenCon Indy 2012.  This was my 5th year as a Captain and hopefully I’ll be a Captain for many years to come.  In my visit to Indy I was able to follow-up at a few of the restaurants I visited last year, and for the most part was pleased at what I saw.  However this post is not about the Indy food scene, this post is about a new version of an old favorite.  Once upon a time I could not bake to save my life and had to rely on roommates to make cookies in order to fulfill any cookie cravings.  There was one exception to the cookie rule: no-bake cookies!  I started with the standard “preacher” cookie recipe involving oatmeal, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla.  I then started experimenting with other combinations based on what was available finally settling with the following crazy combination.


If you can’t find the caramel syrup, vanilla extract can also be substituted.  I find there is something about the caramel that goes amazingly well with the nuttiness of these cookies.

I am also submitting this to Maison Cupcake’s Zero Baking Required Link-Up, which is all about oven free baking.

52Weeks · Baking · Dessert

Some Peanuts

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies


Last month Joe went out of town for a week, and I decided to use that week to try some recipes that had been the on the backburner for a few years.  These recipes all feature peanuts, which aren’t welcome in the house under normal circumstances.  Normally I avoid them even when Joe is going to be out for the weekend, but I figured a full week gave me plenty of time to sterilize the kitchen before he got home. While I did focus on savory dishes, I also made a few batches of some college favorite cookies.  This cook is the result of two roommates craving two different cookies and deciding to do a cookie compromise.  The trick to these cookies: mini chocolate chips!  We found in our very scientific experiments that the smaller chips allowed for the perfect melding of chocolate and peanut butter.


These might not be your standard peanut butter cookie, but they will still take care of any peanut butter cravings!  After all, why have chocolate chip cookies OR peanut butter cookies when you can have Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies.


Make the World Taste Good

When I saw the theme for this month’s Internal Incident Party I was a little nervous since I’m not much of an ice cream maker.  Sure I could go out and get a fancy Ice Cream machine, but that’s just not in the budget right now.  So I tried thinking outside of the box, maybe do a Sundae themed cupcake or a cake decorated to resemble an ice cream sundae.  Then I thought back a few decades to when my family lived in southern VA and one of our favorite places to go as a family: Old Country Buffet.  For me, and my sisters, it wasn’t about the food but rather all about the make your own sundae station that came at the end.  Sprinkles, brownies, oreos, hot fudge, caramel sauce…if you could think of it they had it!  So for my Sundae Party I decided to throw a mini ice cream party for my sister and her friends, complete with all the things that make sundaes so amazing.  The other advantage of doing it with my sister and her friends: PEANUT BUTTER!  To me a sundae is not a Sundae without some type of peanut butter product.  So after confirming that peanuts were going to be okay I decided to just go peanut crazy.  For our sundaes we had:
Chocolate Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Hot Fudge
Caramel Sauce
Reese’s Pieces
Whipped Cream

Each girl had their own style, ranging from the all they could get (my sister):

To the balanced (Jenn):

To the peanut butter heavy yet simply classic (Elli):

I also did a sundae but the picture disappeared along the way…which is fully possible since I was the one taking the pictures and not my normal camera man. It was a fun time, and after getting hyped up on sugar it was time for GLEE!  The sundaes might not be from scratch but we most certainly put the PARTY into the IPP.