Thursday, February 12, 2015


UntitledBROWNIES Florence.

2 eggs
2 sqs choc.
1 cup flour
1 cup nuts
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 lb. butter or oleo.
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp. water

Beat eggs-add sugar, beat-add melted choc.- & butter, beat-add flour, beat-add vanilla, beat-add water,beat-nuts last.

Grease pan & bake at 350 for 30 minutes

 My notes: I omitted the nuts because I am allergic to walnuts, and find most other nuts tend to get a bit soggy/chewy in brownies. I like them plain.

I baked these in an 8x8 square baking dish.

This is a good, basic brownie that is extremely quick to throw together, and hits any chocolate cravings you are having, it has great flavor.

While we liked these, and didn't have a problem finishing the pan, Greg and I agreed that it doesn't hold up against our very favorite, tried and true brownie recipe, which is the Chewy Brownie from Cook's Illustrated.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Peanut Blossoms

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Sift to-gether: 1 3/4 cups flour, 1 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp. salt
Cream to-gether: 1/2 cup shortening: 1/2 cup Peanut Butter: gradually add 1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 cup brown sugar: cream well.
Add: 1 unbeaten egg, 2 tlbs. milk, 1 tsp vanilla beat well. Mix well with dry ingredients
Shape into balls, roll in sugar place on cookie sheet. Bake 375 8 min. Remove from oven + placed candy kiss on top of each cookie pressing down firmly. Return to oven bake 2 to 5 min. longer.

Peanut BlossomsMy Notes: I used a 3/4 ounce scoop to form the dough balls for these cookies, and got 32 out of the recipe (minus some dough that was sampled before forming the cookies. I put the cookies back in the oven for only 3 minutes after putting the kisses into the cookies. 
These are delicious. They remind me of my childhood, these are just like the cookies a friend's mom would often make and I loved them. The cookies has a great crackly appearance and good crisp crust but the inside is really light with a good amount of chew, and you really can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate; it's a classic.

These are the best not too long out of the oven, so the chocolate sets a little bit, but still is really soft - it's a great texture contrast.

What I love about this recipe card is that there are spots of batter on it- when I see a messy recipe, I assume it was a well loved one in the original owner's home.