Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Hasty but Fun Post

I woke up yesterday morning far too early and felt awful but I dragged myself to the computer anyway in hopes that coffee, email, and comments would jumpstart my blood and mood. It did for a bit but I wound up going back to bed for four hours. When I got up again I felt somewhat better but not great. I've been battling this stuff since October. I think I have a doctor's appointment next week and y'all can bet I'm going to be hollering big time!

At any rate, we got a bunch of the white stuff dumped on us and the thought of shoveling my walk, digging out my car and venturing out was more than I could bear. Soooo I decided that I would, as much as I hated it, skip the symphony. Getting dressed up and doing make-up was not a pleasant thought either.

I've spent the evening at LibraryThing.com adding my books from my personal library. I knew that I had a lot of books but I'm not even half done and I have over 300 books. Fortunately, the site is pretty easy to use and it goes quickly and a huge plus is that I'm getting my bookshelves organized as a result. Cool, huh?

Soooooooooooooo since I'm behind on stashing posts . . . I decided that I'd share a favorite cookie recipe with y'all! These are easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen. AND they are sinfully delicious!!!!!! Enjoy!!!!!

Peanut Butter -Chocolate Bars

Ingredients

Cookie:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 large egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped blanched almonds

Peanut Butter Filling:

1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Chocolate Glaze:

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan or casserole with aluminum foil, with long flaps hanging over each edge.

For the cookie: Put the butter in a heatproof medium bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer over medium-low heat. Set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar and cocoa, and stir to combine. Add the egg and cook, stirring constantly with a whisk, until warm to the touch and slightly thickened (it should be about the consistency of hot fudge), about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in graham crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press the dough firmly into the prepared pan. (Save the pan of water for melting the chocolate.)

For the filling: Beat the butter, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light. Spread over the cookie and freeze while you prepare the chocolate glaze.

For the glaze: Put the chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl, and set over the barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. (Alternatively, put the chocolate and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, about 1 minute more.). When cool but still runny, pour the chocolate layer over the chilled peanut butter layer and carefully smooth out with an offset spatula. Freeze 30 minutes.

To serve, remove from the freezer and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Pull out of the pan using the foil flaps and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch squares with a sharp knife. Serve cool or at room temperature.

Busy baker's tips: Finished bars can be wrapped in the pan in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil and frozen for up to 1 month.

I'm glad y'all enjoy Eartha as much as I do so I decided to share this 2007 video of hers. I think I want the same thing she does!!!!!!!!!! LOL



Happy Blogging!!!!!!!!!!!

Kay

9 comments:

  1. Eartha Kitt is so much fun. I hope I have as much life and energy as her when I get to be her age.

    I'd go back to bed too if I saw a whole bunch of shoveling to do outside. That will happen when we return to Chicago in another month.

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  2. Hey, you've got peanut butter on my chocolate! LOL The recipe sounds scrumpdillyumpcious.

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  3. I had a tough time accessing the video...I'll check back later.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe...I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter, and the idea that you can freeze this for up to a month (like it's going to last more than a day at my place - HA!).

    Coffee, e-mail and blogging...that's a great way to start a morning!

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  4. Get thee behind me (Satan) with those cookies. I'm supposed to eschew sweets for the foreseeable future....:-(

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  5. Yummy recipe Kay....thanks. I'll pass this on to my daughter Jenna...the baker. She's making most of the stuff for Xmas. My other kids are making the dinner. I'm just dealing with other things...hee, hee. Sorry you're still feeling under the weather sweetie....gosh it's been a long time. I hope you do have it out at the doctor's office....you need to get to the bottom of this somehow. Hugs....

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  6. Thought you might enjoy some of that white fluffy stuff since we have lots here. Oops didn't mean to send quite that much ...lol

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  7. Sounds like a good recipe, you can't go wrong with peanut butter.

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