joyeux cuisine

a blog about good food, family, friends, and life.

two bite cookie dough pretzels.

Well. Hello there. It’s been awhile huh. Allow me to re-introduce myself.
My name is Joy. I like food and music and knitting and cats. And I used to write on this blog. And now I’m back! With exciting news and a recipe. Because I owe you that much.

Let’s start with what has happened since the last post in July. (Again…sorry it’s been so long.)
I spent a lot of the last couple months working my two jobs. One at the grocery store and one with the marching band at my alma mater. They both took up quite a bit of time, but they are both great. I love that I have a both of them.
I GOT ENGAGED! Pretty exciting stuff. My fiance, Zack, is really awesome. He’s in medical school right now so we’re doing the long distance thing. I thought a long distance relationship was hard but long distance wedding planning is even worse. We’re getting married on June 7 so I’ll try to keep you updated with everything that happens.

One of our wonderful engagement pictures.

One of our wonderful engagement pictures.

Well. That’s really all the exciting things that happened. I’ve been pretty boring recently, but also trying not to spend a lot of money so recipe making isn’t going so well. But I am going to do my best to blog more. Because I miss all of you. So here we go!

Last night I decided I was going to make something. So of course I went to Pinterest and picked one of the things on my food board to make, bought the ingredients after work, and created these. Chocolate chip cookie dough bites sandwiched between two pretzels and dipped in chocolate. A pretty spectacular salty and sweet combination.

I’ve been wanting to make these for awhile. I love cookie dough (obviously) and salty and sweet is one of my favorite combinations. The cookie dough is egg-less so it’s safe to eat, but when did that stop us really? These are really simple to make and were pretty stinking delicious. I enjoyed these in the company of one of my good friends while playing Mario Kart on the N64. It’s not required, but it’s suggested.

It’s been really cold here recently. You know it’s cold when 20 degrees feels like a heat wave. So while being stuck inside for the last couple weeks I’ve been brainstorming about new recipes to make. So stay tuned. I’ll also give you some news about my wedding, whenever I get around to planning everything. (It’s pretty overwhelming, guys.)

Make some cookie dough. Call your best friends. Make someone smile.

Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites
recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction
makes about 20 bites

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/4 cups flour
dash of salt
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
40-50 pretzels
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate for melting

Line a small cookie sheet with a layer of wax paper. Beat the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a hand mixer. When the butter and sugars are light and creamy add the milk and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix until just combined. The dough will be similar to wet sand and slightly clumpy. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Form dough into balls, a little less than 2 Tablespoons per ball. I used my cookie scoop and just rounded them out from there. Sandwich balls between two pretzels being careful not to squish the pretzels and smash them. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a small bowl according to the directions on the package. If you desire you can add a teaspoon of shortening to the chocolate to thin it out a little bit.
When the chocolate is melted dip the bites halfway into the chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet. Refrigerate until set. Eat joyfully.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

(engagement pictures taken by my good friend Cymone of Simon and Moose Creative)

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peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

This weekend two of the most awesome people I know got married and I’m so glad that I got to be in attendance. It was a really big party for friends to get back together and celebrate marriage and life. Those two are great and they truly belong together. The wedding took place in Indiana and my brothers and I went over a couple days early. That means we’ve been eating out for about 3 days straight. This is not a good thing for anyone. I also didn’t get to bake for a little while. So I was itching to do some baking when we got back.

This led to searching through cookbooks and around the internet to find a good recipe. I was totally craving peanut butter and chocolate (it’s a weakness), and I found this recipe stuffed into one of my cookbooks. Similar to my brownies from a few posts back, but still different enough to be delicious.

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Those words in the same sentence are excellent. This recipe has no flour in it. I think that’s a good thing. Maybe a little healthier? Yeah…I’m just gonna go with it. We start with peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. This little trio of deliciousness gets whipped up nice and fluffy. Then all the other ingredients get tossed in and mixed together. It’s really simple and really worth it. It’s one of those one bowl recipes and I love how classic this is. Someday I’ll learn to branch out and make other kinds of cookies. Someday…

These cookies are really good with a glass of milk. Dipping is optional but highly encouraged. I have this thing about underbaking cookies…I do it all the time. There’s just something about a really chewy cookie that you have to love. There’s positives about crunchy cookies too, but chewy cookies are the way to go. In my humble opinion anyway.

Bake these cookies. And then go to sleep. It’s just the right thing to do.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup chocolate chips (milk or semisweet)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl combine peanut butter and sugars and mix with an electric hand mixer until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir in the salt, baking soda, and finally the chocolate chips. Roll into walnut sized balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Smash down with a fork and create the criss-cross design. Sprinkle more white sugar on top. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve while still warm.

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for about a week.

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