It seems incredibly fitting that November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month because my blogiversary just so happens to also be in November, specifically today! I cannot believe I have been doing this for 3 whole years now and Peanut Butter & Co. is helping me celebrate with a giveaway for their Total Nut Case gift assortment. After all, I am definitely a “total nut case” for peanut butter and I know many of you are as well!
But first, let’s talk about favorite peanut butter recipes. As you know I have many, but one recipe that I revisit most in my dreams is peanut butter pie. I’ve made pretzel, cookie dough-s’more, chocolate chip-layered, funfetti-layered, and cookies and cream peanut butter pie varieties. Today I am adding another to the list – The Bee’s Knees using none other than Peanut Butter & Co.’s Bee’s Knees peanut butter. With a homemade graham cracker crust, a fluffy honey-peanut butter filling, topped with more whipped cream and a chocolate honey drizzle, I’d say this is one heck of a pie for a celebration! Don’t forget the sprinkles .
My 3 year blogiversary giveaway is for a gift assortment bursting with 8 jars of peanut butter (Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, White Chocolate Wonderful, Dark Chocolate Dreams, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, The Heat Is On, Mighty Maple, The Bee’s Knees), 4 jars of jam (Seriously Strawberry Jam, Rip-Roaring Raspberry Preserves, Gorgeous Grape Jelly, Awesome Apricot Preserves), a 10-pack each of Dark Chocolate Dreams and Smooth Operator squeeze packs, 3 assorted flavors of Peanut Brittle (original, spicy, and coconut), a box of Corny Crunch peanut butter caramel popcorn, and a box each of our PB Swirl Brownie, Mighty Fine PB Cupcake, and Old Fashioned PB Cookie baking mixes. It even comes in a custom Peanut Butter & Co. reusable gift box topped with a silver holiday bow. Be sure to use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to win!
One year ago: Funfetti Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownies
Did you know that this coming Monday, October 28th, is National Chocolate Day? I’m here to tell you to not just celebrate it with any old chocolate, but try something new. Bar & Bean is an online marketplace for small-batch craft chocolate (less than 250 tons annually). The makers of the chocolates they stock are working to reintroduce and redefine a flavor that has been dominated by large producers.
I was sent Bar & Bean’s Baker’s Set which is a mix of 5 craft chocolate bars:
(2) Poco Dolce – based in San Francisco, CA and started by Kathy Wiley. “Poco Dolce” literally translates from Italian as “not too sweet”, which aligns with the company’s mission of staying on the “savory side of sweet”. Bittersweet with Sea Salt – light sprinkling of Grey Sea Salt.
(3 & 4) Escazu – based in Raleigh, NC and started by Hallot and Danielle. Uses an antique roaster and stone grinder to make chocolate in a more traditional method to bring out flavor complexity. Chipotle Chili & Vanilla – 74% dark chocolate that is complemented with a spicy kick of chipotle chili. Pumpkin Seed and Guajillo Chili – 73% dark chocoloate with roasted pumpkin seeds and guajillo chili.
(5) Dick Taylor – based in Aracta, CA and started by two college buddies Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor. Dick Taylor uses only organic cacao and organic cane sugar in its bars. They roast their beans in their modified Royal #5 coffee bean roaster. Aged for at least 2-4 weeks to further develop and stabilize flavor. Fleur de Sel – 74% Dominican Republic with hand harvested sea salt.
The first bar I tried was the Escazu Pumpkin Seed and Guajillo Chili Dark Chocolate bar, and it inspired me to incorporate pumpkin seeds into the pumpkin peanut butter cups I had been planning to make for today, which is National Pumpkin Day (and also the usual PB+Choc Saturday). Then I went after the two sea salt bars because that’s one of my favorite things in special chocolate. And as a result the pumpkin peanut butter cup with pepitas then got a sprinkle of sea salt on top as well!
Unfortunately, I did not leave enough leftover to make these cups completely out of the chocolate I was sent, but the recipe was inspired by all the craft chocolate I got to try. These little cups are the perfect combination of pumpkin, chocolate, and peanut butter in order to fully celebrate. To make the celebration even better, be sure to find the Rafflecopter widget after saving the recipe in order to enter to win your own set of craft chocolate.
As for the PB+Choc portion of today’s celebration, today Ohio State plays Penn State which means many people in my life are enemies on this day. Hopefully it will only last the day. Penn State is coming back after a 4OT win against Michigan, so it should be a really good game. They are still not eligible to play in the B1G or National championship games, so it’s really to the benefit of the conference as a whole if we win O:-). However, I don’t particularly want to go to the Championship game either because as good as I do believe we are, I am not sure we are at the same level as Alabama or Oregon. As much as I hate to admit it.
When I first got to try Melt, I fell in love with how fantastic it worked in my favorite chocolate chip cookie. Who knew a butter substitute could taste so good? After that it because my go-to butter substitute and I even participated in a challenge where I used it for all my butter needs for a week. Never heard of Melt? It is a healthy butter substitute made with “good” fats like coconut butter and virgin coconut oil. It even comes in honey and chocolate flavors! Unfortunately, I was unable to find those fun flavors in stores near me, but I gladly snagged some more of the regular.
After so much success using Melt as a substitute in baking and cooking in the past I decided to post about it as a condiment on a nice, warm, toasty cinnamon-raisin bagel. And since it is Single Serving Sunday, it’s a recipe for just ONE bagel! Because if you are like me, you sometimes don’t need an entire batch of bagels, or don’t have room for them all in your freezer to save for later. So I whipped up this one bagel and immediately scarfed it down with some Melt spread on top.
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With the holidays fast approaching, Baker’s Secret gave me an early holiday present of two of products in order to create two different festive recipes to share with you. I received their 9-inch pie pan and 12-cup muffin pan. Today I am sharing a savory recipe using the pie pan because your pie pan has more utility than just making sweet, delicious pies. How about POTpie? But not just any potpie, a potpie with sweet potato and a lattice crust!
This potpie recipe had been my go-to for many years. The original recipe used canned condensed potato soup, but I like to use cream cheese instead and add in my own potato. This time I decided to use sweet potato (which I peeled and cooked in the microwave for 4 minuets) and some extra seasonings to make it even more fall-appropriate. As for the crust, don’t let the lattice top intimidate you. I simply used a can of crescent dough, sealed the seams and cut into strips. Easy peasy and looks great with the addition of an egg-white wash.
Only a few weeks ago, I discovered that not only did Heather “Cupcakes” Saffer of Dollop Gourmet win Cupcake Wars, but she is from my hometown Rochester, NY! We’ve already discussed how the next time I am back in town we need to bake cookies and, obviously, frost the crap out of them. After seeing her Ultimate Dude Cupcakes, I think we will be a dangerous duo and might need to wear elastic waist-band pants for this adventure.
But what does all this have to do with you? Well I am excited to have her posting here today for the finale of her cookbook blog tour for The Dollop Book of Frosting! I have a pre-release copy already and just from flipping through the recipes, it has exceeded my expectations. I love frosting but tend to stick to cream cheese or peanut butter frosting, however I think she has converted me. I had no idea there were so many uses and unique flavors for frosting!
And it gets even better because you have until Friday, September 20th to enter to win a grand prize package of frosting-related things and a signed copy of her cookbook. To find out how to enter, stick around and read what Heather has to share with you. Also, if you have any questions for her leave them in the comment section at the bottom of this post as she will be checking in throughout the day to respond.
One year ago: Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Hello Spiffy Cookie readers! (I love saying that.)
I’m Heather—frosting lover, Cupcake Wars winner (gotta hang onto that 15 minutes!), parenthesis over-user, and author of The Dollop Book of Frosting!
And the cookbook (and writing it) is what I’m here to talk to you about today.
First off, I want to throw Erin some super-thanks for having me as a guest blogger. She’s got her nose to the grindstone finishing up that dissertation so I’m happy to take a load off her writing schedule for today. Also, I’m honored to have the attention of her faithful readers (you!)!
If you haven’t heard of The Dollop Book of Frosting (it doesn’t hit store shelves until this Wednesday) then I’d like to inform you that it’s not your average frosting cookbook (is that even a thing?).
I mainly wrote The Dollop Book of Frosting to debunk the myth that frosting is just for cupcakes and cookies. Because it’s not. Not even kinda. Frosting is for everything. I think Erin would agree.
Writing a cookbook is a pretty intense experience so it helps to come up with a solid strategy before you start. One of my initial thoughts was that I needed to include a variety of flavors—pumpkin being one of them.
In all honesty, I’ve never understood the fall pumpkin craze. I love pumpkin but when we’re talking pumpkin coffee and pumpkin milkshakes all we’re really getting is pumpkin flavoring. When you’re craving pumpkin aren’t you craving real pumpkin? I know I am.
Which is why I decided to devise a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting using real pumpkin.
But first a quick backstory—
In creating this very recipe for the cookbook I thought it would be neat to cut a whole pumpkin and bake and then puree the insides of it to add to the frosting. So fresh!
Well, either I wasn’t lifting enough weights back then or I bought an extra tough pumpkin because I couldn’t for the life of me cut through that thing; and I just about sliced my hand off in my efforts.
So I switched to canned pumpkin. But I swear it’s still real pumpkin—it’s just much safer to open.
And luckily it turned out so deliciously creamy, pumpkin-y, and fabulous!
I really hope you enjoy and use this Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting and Pumpkin Pizza recipe this pumpkin season.
The decorate-your-own pizzas are a fantastic snack for your pumpkin carving parties and any leftover Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese frosting can be used to fill pumpkin muffins, dip gingersnaps into, or serve atop pumpkin bread with a tall glass of pumpkin beer.
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I interrupt today’s regularly scheduled Single Serving Sunday post with a celebration of the release of Nicole Morrissey’s cookbook, Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking (Skyhorse Publishing). Complete with a giveaway of the cookbook to one lucky reader!
Nicole Morrissey is the blogger behind Prevention RD and is a registered dietician offering smart, sustainable solutions to healthy weight loss since she started her blog in 2009. She firmly believes that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and this motto is evident in her recipes. From healthier versions of mozzarella sticks and chicken tortilla soup, to creative recipes such as creamy chicken pesto enchiladas and carrot cake pancakes you’ll be satisfied while also being proactive about your health. There are even chapters dedicated to carb and dessert lovers
Alright folks, to show how much I care about you I am offering a chocolate giveaway today! You’ve been really great sports through all my dissertation-writing rants and I am sure you will take care of my guest posters, so you deserve some chocolate. But I’m not talking about just any old chocolate – how about some Sucré chocolate?
Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!
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This month, Chobani introduced some new flavors to their already delicious lineup and they even sent several to me to try out. However, the labels were concealed and I had to guess the flavor with #wtflavor! Turns out the new flavors are Coconut, Key Lime, Orange Vanilla, Blackberry, and Apricot. The apricot was the hardest one for me to pin down but I thoroughly enjoyed them all, especially the blackberry.
Throughout July, Chobani has been celebrating a Month of Flavor at chobani.com/classified! And to do my part in the celebration I not only made delicious mini cheesecakes using their Key Lime Greek yogurt, but also have a giveaway for one reader to win a package of their new flavors! Make sure to enter for your chance to win using the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.
First we must discuss this cheesecake, or rather mini cheesecakes. I hadn’t used my mini cheesecake pan in awhile and after musing over what flavor to make I finally decided to dive into the cherry-lime combination that I’ve been pining over for some time. Chobani’s key lime Greek yogurt was used in place of some of the cream cheese in the cheesecake and then topped off with oven roasted cherries. There’s even a Biscoff cookie crust in case there wasn’t enough flavor going on for you already. Bite sized and dangerous.
One year ago: Nutella Swirled Banana Bread Snack Cake
Have you heard of Bestowed yet? It is a monthly subscription delivering 5+ healthy foods right to your door, hand-picked by celebrity nutritionist and author Heather Bauer. The brand language emphasizes the joy in discovery, the energy of healthy living, and the freshness of tastes delivered. Since I enjoy trying out new healthy products from time to time, I agreed to have a box shipped to me to try out. After seeing what they sent me, discover more healthy and tasty foods for yourself at bestowed.com.
Upon opening, I was already impressed by how many things sounded good on first sight. Provided in my box:
- TeeChia Super Seed Cereal
- Good Eating Salads by Parragon Books
- Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups by Sun Cups
- Navitas Coconut Water Powder
- Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips
- LÄRABAR über in Apple Turnover
- Everyday California EVOO by California Olive Ranch