Creamy Peanut Soup

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We are a family that likes our peanuts. From good old pb&j sandwiches to just noshing on them by the handful, we have yet to meet a peanut anything we don't like.  Maybe it's the Southern husband's Georgia upbringing.  Maybe it's just the salty crunchy deliciousness.  Whatever it is, it led me down the road to this creamy and unusual soup, full of smooth peanut flavor and garnished with chopped (say it with me) peanuts!  And since we are smack in the middle of soup season, otherwise known as the month of January, it's the perfect time to give this a try. Read More & Get the Recipe

Homemade Peanut Butter In Five Minutes!

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One of my favorite things to do is to experiment with making some of the things we usually buy in jars and cans and boxes at the supermarket.  The trick is, they have to be less of an effort than getting in the car, driving to the market, putting it in the cart, waiting in the checkout line and unloading it at home.  So far, the things I have figured out that are both faster and more delicious than that whole process include ricotta cheese, hummus and butter.  Pickles aren't as fast (they do have to pickle themselves for a week or two) but they taste one million times better.  And now I can add peanut butter to this list! Read More & Get the Recipe

Peanut Butter Cup and Pretzel Ice Cream Cake

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Still ruminating about what to make your mom for Mother's Day dessert?  I'm happy to tell you that you still have time to make a cool and easy ice cream cake that will delight both your mama and whomever else happens to be gathered around your Mother's Day table.  You don't have to tell anyone that it's a super-fast concoction of your favorite vanilla ice cream, chopped up peanut butter cups, chopped pretzels and chocolate sauce that took you about 15 minutes to make.  I won't if you won't. Read More & Get the Recipe

Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies

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So every winter right around the holiday time, one particular cookie jar appears in my mom's kitchen.  In my family, this cookie jar means one thing and one thing only.  Little baby peanut butter cookies.   They are the only cookie that ever goes in this jar.  And not just any peanut butter cookie...the best little precious peanut butter cookie you have ever tasted. Light, melt-in-your-mouth little bites of happiness.   Read More & Get the Recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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A little while ago I woke up with a deep yearning to make a cookie-like dessert that wasn't a regular cookie.  I was torn between making mini lemon meringue pies and making peanut butter and jelly bars.  So I went over to the Framed Cooks Facebook page and asked folks to help me decide.  The mini lemon meringue pies won in a landslide, and so that's what I made that day, and if you'd like to take a look at these cute little pies, click here. However, the minority voters for the pb&j bars were passionately enthusiastic.  (These voters included the teenager, who is away at college.  She voted for the pb&j bars, but then told me I wasn't allowed to make them since she wasn't home to eat them.  This is the kind of input I'm not sure what to do with.) Read More & Get the Recipe

Chocolate Pretzel Bites

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I've been happily cooking away for days now testing holiday "gifts from the kitchen" recipes." My kitchen is a cheery, sticky mess of sugar, chopped nuts, and more chocolate than the eye can see. The Southern husband and the teenager keep drifting in and out to sample things, and I keep having to explain to the dog that, incredibly unfair as it may seem, dogs are not allowed to eat chocolate, even if it falls on the floor. Even if she is wearing a completely adorable Christmas collar with a jingle bell on it. Sorry, pooch. And out of all of this merry chaos, out of all the sweet treats I have mixed up, this one is my hands-down favorite. Sweet and salty, peanut butter and chocolate, smooth and crunchy, this one could not be easier to make or more addictive to have on your counter. Or to have HAD on your counter, because the bowl I had on my own counter is now sadly empty. Here's what you need: A bag of what they call "fountain and fondue chocolate," and before you panic, Read More & Get the Recipe