Peanut Butter Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

I’m sure it’s no surprise to regular readers that Jesse and I have a thing for the chocolate/peanut butter combination. Yes, it is a true love affair. So, when Jesse asked me to bake something a few weekends ago and I asked, “Like what?” it’s not that surprising that his answer was, “Something with chocolate and peanut butter.” Referring back to all of those links I just shared, I have a lot of chocolate/peanut butter recipes under my belt. Which is awesome when I want a tried and true recipe to quickly whip up, but when I’m wanting something new I can share on here, it makes things a bit more challenging.

At this point, coming up with new chocolate/peanut butter combinations is challenging. So I sat and pondered. I thought of cookies, and cupcakes, and brownies… Then I started to think of Jesse’s other favorite sweet treats. Towards the top of his list of favorites is Cinnamon Crumb Cake. When I tell him I’m making crumb cake he gets a look in his eyes, like a kid hearing the faint music of an ice cream truck. So I wondered if there were a way for me to combine the chocolate/peanut butter combo with a crumb cake of sorts. After a bit of researching I found something that looked inspiring. She put chocolate chips right in the crumb topping?! Perfect! Of course, I am a huge fan of the recipe I always use (something about that mile high, truly crumby, crumb topping!), so I used her idea as base to adapt my usual recipe.

Trying not to brag here, but the results were AMAZING! The cake had a nice moist and tender crumb with just the right density (even though I was slightly worried it could be too dense with the addition of peanut butter). The crumb topping was thick and warm with just the hint of cinnamon that was perfectly paired with the chocolate chips. I liked mine drizzled with just a little bit of chocolate syrup, Jesse said it didn’t need it. He declared that it was one of the best baked goods I’ve ever made. And I think he might be right!




Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Well hello there readers! What is this you see? An actual recipe?! Yep! While we’re still not 100% settled in to Ohio, I am starting to come up for air and finally getting around to posting!

One wild Friday night Jesse and I were watching TV and suddenly I just had to make cookies. (The baking bug likes to bite on weekends) So, I walked over to my baking cabinet to see if any ingredients jumped out at me. Immediately I was drawn towards a can of old fashioned oats and a jar of peanut butter. It was clear to me that I would be making Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. After a brief search online I found a recipe that seemed like a good fit. I made a few small adjustments and the end result was delicious. Thick and rich with a great texture thanks to the oatmeal.

Now I just have to patiently wait for our U-haul U-box to arrive so I can get back to wild Friday night baking!


Because you can never have too many cookies recipes…
Mexican Chocolate Snickerdooles
Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies
Giant M&M Cookies
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

You may have noticed that I have been saying “Week of Christmas Treats” and not “Week of Christmas Cookies“. As much as I love (really. love.) cookies, I can’t ignore the other delicious treats loved by so many this time of year. Fudge is something I’ve ignored for the last few years, but I couldn’t let that crime continue another year.

When deciding what kind of fudge I wanted to make I had a lot of ideas swirling around in my head. Once I finally had it narrowed down to 2 ideas, I started searching for good recipes. The problem I came across is that a lot of recipes call for marshmallow fluff or sweetened condensed milk, and some even call for Velveeta cheese (seriously?! tell me it’s better than it sounds). I really wanted to avoid those kinds of products, which, luckily I suppose, really narrowed down my search results. In the end the winning recipe contained evaporated milk (something I usually have on hand anyways) and no marshmallow fluff or sweetened condensed milk (something I never have on hand).

Of course, chocolate and peanut butter are a winning combination in my book. But that’s not all that’s great about this fudge! This fudge is also pretty easy to make and the resulting texture is amazing. Smooth and rich without being obnoxiously sweet (which I find some peanut butter fudge to be). The hardest part for me was deciding when to stop beating the fudge after it cooks and sits. I probably could have gone a bit longer, but I wanted to avoid overbeating.


Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

I sure hope you’re ready for some cookies, because I’ve got a weeks worth coming your way! Just like last year, I’m going to be sharing a new cookie recipe every day this week.

To kick start the week, I bring you Giant Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies. When Jesse came home and saw these cookies on the counter I even heard him say, “Wow, these cookies are huge!” It may not come across perfectly in the photo, but they are!

These cookies are a bit drier than the typical peanut butter cookie recipe that I use, but that provides a sturdier cookie base that won’t spread and is over an inch thick. Of course, the best part of the cookie is the chocolate. Basically a full pound of giant chunks of semi-sweet chocolate. Yes, Santa will require a full large glass of milk with these cookies.