Truly Inspirational

Blog party madness is upon us and though I had much fun last time making circus cookies for kid’s party, I think this month’s theme is just as fun. Literary Party is this month’s theme and you must pick a book that you have read and make a food item inspired by it. Though my book club had recently read Julie and Julia, I had no desire to do anything in aspic, so I looked for a different option. I read a book a couple months back that I immediately fell in love with. It’s called Candy and Me by Hilary Liftin. It is a overview of her life and the role that sugar and candy have played in it. I could totally relate to this book, for I am a sugar-aholic and a candy freak. Now amazing as it is to some people I prefer gummy candies and licorice to chocolate(I know, I know). But I love Red Vines and Swedish Fish. However, I didn’t see that as an appeasing dessert. So in honor of my husband I once again made something with peanut butter and chocolate….though with a slight twist for me.

I love cookie dough. I am guilty on many an occasion of eating it out the bowl before it even makes it to the pan(and you have too). So I some how wanted to incorporate cookie dough into this dessert. I started by making peanut butter cookies. Instead of making them into a cookie, I spread them out on to a 9 X 13 inch pan. It makes for a pretty thick cookie bar, which is exactly what I wanted. I baked them for 20 minutes. They had a nice bottom and outside crust but were still pretty doughy in the inside(perfect for what I was going for). If you are not happy with the idea of eating cookie dough, then bake for another 10 minutes. Next I made a layer of cream cheese peanut butter frosting and finished off with a peanut butter chocolate ganache.

Mom’s Peanut Butter Cookies(Source: Caprial’s Desserts)


1 cup cold unsalted butter, diced

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup peanut butter

3 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat Oven to 350F. Grease a sheet pan and set aside.

Place the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl often, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs and vanilla, then add the peanut butter and mix well. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed until the ingredients are incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix just until the dough is smooth.

Using a 9 X 13 spread the cookie dough evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. If you want a less doughy cookie, bake for 10 minutes longer.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting Layer

4 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

milk(for thinning)

In a mixer combine the cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar. Mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add the milk slowly until it becomes a spreadable consistency.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup cream

1/2 cup peanut butter

Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a bowl. Heat the cream up to a boil. Once it starts to boil, pour it over the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.

Assemble: Once the cookie dough layer is out of the oven, let it cool completely. Spread the cream cheese layer. Then follow up with the ganache layer.

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I almost forgot my drink. I do not have a picture of it, as I do not have any ingredients for it. I really don’t know when it came out but we use to drink the virgin version of these when I was a kid. To make the virgin version just substitute Coca-Cola for the Kahlua.

Tootsie Roll
- 2 parts Kahlua
– 3 parts Orange juice
Pour ingredients over ice into martini glass and garnish with tootsie roll.


  1. Ooo! I’ve never thought of making cookie bars – great idea, and it looks delish!

  2. I too am guilty of the cookie dough out of the bowl transgression. What can I say … I’m weak!

    Love it! I have Caprial’s book and it’s amazing. Great dessert!

  3. I loved that book!! :)

    This looks soooo good. I really need to use the one cookbook I have by Caprial.

  4. Oh yeah, cookie dough is the best. I often wonder why anyone bothers with that whole baking thing. You’ve got a perfectly good treat right in front of you that needs no improving and might even be ruined in the oven. :)

  5. I don’t know anyone who eats raw cookay dough *eyes look left/right* ;)

  6. I’m a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate too.. so this is almost making me a tad bit misty. Quite possibly, is someone chopping onions in here? It seems the peabody section of my “must make” recipe book is going to need it’s own binder soon. :D

  7. Yum! PB & chocolate are always a great combination in my book.

  8. These look amazing, and my husband loves chocolate and peanut butter too. I mean really loves it. The peanut butter cream cheese frosting is a great idea that I could think of several other uses for as well.

  9. This has got to be all low cal, correct??

  10. Definitely making this one…

  11. Peabody, it’s wonderful!

    My one-two killer foodie combo has always been peanut butter and chocolate. When I used to take care of my Aunt’s kids, sometimes? On Friday nights? My cousin Amanda and I would whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough simply so we could eat it by spoonfuls while watching cheesy movies.

    Excellent entry, as always! Thanks so much for coming (and for being the first one here).

  12. OMG! I made this last night & it is AMAZING


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