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I Bake: Doggie Treats!

Yep, treats for your furry friends today!  Dog treats are SO easy to make. Technically you could eat them too, but..there’s no sugar or salt so they aren’t very tasteful 🙂 But your dogs, they will love them.

Peanut Butter & Oat Dog Treats

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray two cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour and baking powder and set aside.  In a stand mixer fitting with the paddle attachment, combine the peanut butter and milk together on low speed until well combined (about a minute).  Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the wet ingredients just until combined.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/2″ thick.  Cut out with desired cookie cutter shapes, I used dog bone shapes.  Place cookies on greased sheets and bake for 17-20 minutes.

Aaaaaannnnd, here’s my dogs begging for these yummy treats 🙂

Too much cuteness.

I Bake: Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

I’ve been a baking machine this week! I’ve make 4 different kinds of cupcakes and something else I will also share later, in the span of 3 days.  Needless to say, my feet hurt & my kitchen is still a bit of a mess. Ok, that’s a lie. It’s a horrendous mess that I am putting off to clean again 🙂

My niece’s 2nd birthday was yesterday and I had a couple of different cupcakes in mind, but decide to go with just one kind to save my sanity a little bit.  These Peanut Butter & Jelly cupcakes are SO good and so fun – and they really do taste like the sammich, well, just a little bit sweeter (but not much!).  I used a different frosting recipe than what was called for (I already have a PB frosting recipe that I love), so maybe I will try the frosting from the original recipe next time.

My nieces’ birthday was at the local zoo, so I went with a little bit of a outdoorsy/woodland them. A good excuse for me to use the adorable deer toppers 🙂

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes
Original recipe from carrotsnchocolate 

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup milk
fruit jelly (I used grape, of course)

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pans with liners.

In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, peanut butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes.  Reduce speed to medium-low and add eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking powder.  In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined.

Fill each liner about 2/3 full and make a tiny “well” in the center of each. Add a teaspoon of jelly to the middle of each one and put a dallop of batter to cover (doesn’t need to fully cover the jelly).

Bake for about 20 minutes.  When done, let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.  Meanwhile, make the frosting.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3-1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cool whip

On medium speed, blend cream cheese, butter and peanut butter until smooth and blended.  Reduce to low speed and slowly add in the powdered sugar.  Add the cool whip and beat until smooth and creamy.

Top cooled cupcakes with frosting and devour with a big glass of milk. So good.

I Bake: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I had a bag of peanut butter chips laying around that I wanted to use up, so I decided I wanted to make some sort of chocolate peanut butter cookie.  I did a little bit of searching for a good chocolate cookie recipe and found one via Annie Eats that I thought I would try because they were labeled as “giant” cookies, and well, I’ve never made a giant cookie!  They turned out pretty good, and oh my they are large! Dense, yummy chocolate with peanut buttery goodness. Yum!  Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from Annie Eats

1 cup cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1¼ cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup cocoa powder
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 bag (10 oz) peanut butter baking chips

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended.  Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated.  Fold in the peanut butter chips with a spatula.  Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead briefly by hand to be sure the ingredients are well combined.

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each portion of dough into a ball and flatten just slightly into a disc.  Place on the prepared baking sheets, a few inches apart.  Bake 16-20 minutes.  Let cool on the baking sheets 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Be sure not to overbake or they might be just a little to dry!