Friday, November 30, 2012

The (Drunk) Naughty Monkey

(Originally posted April 2012 on LiveJournal)

Doesn't that sound wonderfully kink? Or at least curiously embarrassing?? Or how about tasty and delicious?? Well, it can!

I've been in the kitchen "experimenting" again. This time I had two bananas so old they had their AARP cards delivered and a hankering for a really good cookie, something with peanut butter and maybe oatmeal!

So I created a little yummy Frankenstein I like to call the Naughty Monkey. If you like banana bread and peanut butter cookies combined, this is your thing. It has banana, oatmeal, peanut butter, walnuts and chocolate chips in it. What else could you want? How about a cocktail? I knwo I do! How about this wonderful Cosmopolitan Cake Martini? *hic* I've had two. They're fhamsashkitcal. *hic*

Naughty Monkeys
1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 2/3-2 cups oatmeal
1 tsp bakiong powder
1 tsp baking soda
chopped walnuts
semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 deg. Beat the first 7 ingredients until fluffy. Add the next 5 ingredients. Finally add nuts and chips. Chill in the fridge for a few minutes before baking. Drop by spoonfulls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 min. Let cool before you shove them into your mouth. Makes a huge amount but dough freezes well. ENJOY!

I got baaaaad news. They are even better the second day.

Cosmopolitcan Cake Martini
Calorie Free Cosmopolitan Martini mix (World Market)
Cake flavored vodka

Shake it all up and go bake something!!

Pumpkin Ginger Blossoms

This is a little late in the season (since you can't even FIND Pumpkin Spice Kisses anymore) but I thought I'd give a try to this blogging thing.

My first offer to the internet baking gods is a super easy creation I developed from my love of the Peanut Butter Blossom cookies and all the inspiration Pinterest gives me. I realized that the Blossom cookie is just a templet for ANY cookie with a Hershey Kiss on it. I mean you can take ANY Kiss, pair it with ANY cookie and you get a _____ Blossom.

I love new things, different things. Don't give me plain old regular anything! Throw in everything but the kitchen sink! New flavors of old standards are great! Pumpkin Spice Kisses??? GENIUS! They taste smooth, creamy and cinnamon-y as pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

For this cookie I took regular store bought Gingerbread Cookie mix, fixed as directed for Gingersnaps. I formed the dough into little balls but did NOT mash them down before cooking. As soon as they were out of the oven I pressed an unwrapped Pumpkin Kiss on top.

They were even better than I imagined (and I had a pretty explicit imagination on this). Chewy and creamy. We crammed several into our mouths that very night and had few left over.

But this proved my very scientific theory; any Kiss + any cookie = YUM.

Keep this in mind this Christmas when you can buy Cherry Cordial and Mint Kisses and plop those babies on top of some chocoalte cookies or any combination you can dream up!

Greetings possible readers!

I have decided to start this blog to exercise a bit of creativity in some of my hobbies; reading and eating/cooking. I really enjoy reading other cooking and baking blogs and since half of my attempts are (entertaining) disasters, I thought I'd start to document some of my adventures. Some are really successful. Some are just examples of what not to do in a kitchen. But hopefully we ALL learn from it.

I'm also hoping to expand upon my writing skills and leave some room for promotion of any future writing endeavors I develop. I hope someone decides to give me a read and that I'm not just posting to a cyber-cricket filled blogosphere.