Peanut Butter Blossoms

chocolate peanut butter blossomsI love finding a bargain!

I was shopping with the girls in our local Pamida when I saw two grocery carts full of “reduced for quick sale” items – including several bags of dark chocolate Hershey kisses. I grabbed all there were for just $1 a bag!

A good buy like that deserves to be rewarded – so we made these traditional – and so yummy Peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

48 Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses (with wrappers removed)
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
granulated sugar

Beat peanut butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Cream together.

Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well.

Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually beat into the peanut butter mixture.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in the additional granulated sugar before placing on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Cool completely on a wire rack.


Chocolate Cranberry Scones

Chocolate Cranberry Scones I was grocery shopping with my husband the other day when we saw whole cranberries on sale.

I have never bought whole cranberries.

I have never eaten raw whole cranberries.

I had no idea what to do with a package of raw whole cranberries.

So I bought them. 🙂

And then they sat in my fridge for several days challenging me before I got brave enough to experiment.

I finally decided to try a simple scone recipe. Why did I wait so long? These scones were wonderfully tart and yummy! And … since one of them was only 4 Weight Watchers points – I could enjoy them without guilt!

Cranberry Chocolate Scones

2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup raw or frozen cranberries
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture is fine crumbs. Stir in the buttermilk, then the cranberries and chocolate.

Divide the dough into 6 circles on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.


Nestle Chocolatier

Nestle Chocolatier I’ve discovered a new favorite! Nestle Chocolatier Dark Chocolate baking bar.

As I’ve gotten older, my tastes have turned to darker and darker chocolate,  so I grabbed  a bar of this Nestle dark chocolate to experiment with.

I loved it! To be honest, I could have eaten the whole thing like a candy bar!

So I went back and got more.

We used some in cookies, melted some for brownies and added some to banana muffins, and all worked very well.

And yes – we have eaten it like candy!

The Nestle Chocolatier Dark Chocolate baking bar has definitely earned the Chocolate Lady Official Seal of Approval!