These cookies are a magnificent combination of peanut butter and chocolate, once again. If you go back and look through my blog, you will immediately find that this is my very favorite combination of any two foods ever. Some people call these cookies "Buckeyes", I believe. But, I've always used King Arthur Flour's recipe, and they call them magic in the middles, which I see as a more fit name for the cookie anyway. One warning I would give before making these cookies is that although they are absolutely delicious and you should all try making them at some point, know that this is not a quick recipe! These take time and effort! I wrote about an hour for prep time in the description below, although in reality it probably took me even longer. The dough takes no time, but then you have to roll the dough, then roll the filling, then fill the dough, then seal it, then cover it in granulated sugar, then flatten it, and then they finally all go in the oven. As my mom put in an easier way to think about it, you really have to be in the mood to make these cookies. I would highly suggest getting a helper for these. It's a great recipe to do with kids as they roll and you seal or something of the sort! BUT, don't be fooled, they're still one of my all-time favorite recipes because they are absolutely delicious!
Almost every year on St. Patrick's Day, my family makes a typical Irish dinner - corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and irish soad bread, all homemade. This year, I was in charge of the soda bread, so I made it, and it was delicious! Moist on the inside and crusty on the outside, it was really good soda bread! Believe it or not, whenever my mom's made it in past years, I always hate the raisins and/or caraway seeds, so I decided that since I got to make the bread this year, I wouldn't add them in at all! I know this takes away one of the main ingredients that makes this bread irish soda bread, but I don't like raisins, sue me.
Anyways, now a week later from St. Patty's Day, I decided I liked the irish soda bread so much I wanted to make it again! But this time, in a more convenient, portable form: muffins! These are exactly like the irish soda bread and even include whole wheat flour, making them healthier than most recipes! You can add the caraway seeds and raisins if you would like, or if you're more like me and can't stand raisins, you may omit them.
These are by far the best brownies ever. Brownies are one of those recipes where you usually just use one recipe over and over, without trying to find some other recipe to try, since they're all pretty similar. Well this is my family's brownie recipe. As you may have noticed, there is no "adapted from" box below the name of the recipe. Instead, I have to give credit to my mom and my mom's friend for the origin of this recipe. I practically grew up on about one to two batches of these a week, and they never get old. Plus, they are super easy! Like no joke they're the quickest things to make, ever! The prep time I estimated was 15 minutes, and that may have been too much! You can also jazz them up with your favorite flavor of chips. I used mini peanut butter cups from King Arthur Flour, which worked very well.
I've always loved cinnamon buns and really wanted to try and make them one weekend for breakfast, but I always run into the same problem. I wake up, say to myself ,"Hey, today would be a nice day to make some cinnamon rolls", and then realize I won't be able to eat them until a good 5 hours later. Well, this recipe takes that problem away! These are ready in under an hour! They don't use any yeast, so there is no step of having to wait for the dough to rise while you sit there starving, taking in the wonderful smell of cinnamon that you can't indulge in yet. These use a quick bread recipe and then simply go right in a cake pan and in the oven for a mere 25 minutes! So these are great for any morning you feel like cinnamon buns, but don't feel like waiting 5 hours for them! They're also insanely good! The only thing I might suggest is doubling the brown sugar and cinnamon, since my family and I found these to be a bit doughy and less cinnamon-tasting, but I've never tried that so it is up to you!
About 20 minutes into putting these in the oven, I immediately was taken back to the good old autumn days apple picking and the countless apple crisps I made. So yes, this may be more of a fall recipe, and it is almost spring, but nevertheless these bars were amazing! I absolutely love apples, and sugar, and butter, so when you put them all together and sprinkle with a cinnamon glaze, it simply doesn't get better than that. Also, these are pretty simple and you don't have to spend too much time cutting apples or figuring out pie crusts!
As far as choosing apples go, Braeburn's work perfectly! Other good choices include Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, or any kind of crisp apple. I used Braeburn and Macoun because thats what was in my fruit bowl, but Macouns are a bit of a softer apple so I wouldn't necessarily recommend them for this. When cutting the apples, make sure you cut them pretty small, since these bars will most likely be cut much smaller than a typical apple crisp or pie is cut. When making the pastry mixture, make sure you beat the egg before adding it,or else you will end up with a mess! This is very important, so I actually bolded it below, since it is an understandable, yet catastrophic mistake to make. Also, add the flour/sugar/cinnamon mixture to the apples in chunks, since depending on how many apples you use and how small you cut them, you may not need all of it. I ended up having too much, so there was extra on the bottom. Hope all this information helps! Enjoy!
My name is Katherine and I love, love, love to bake! You can find all my baking adventures on this blog, plus you can follow me on Social Media by clicking below!