Satisfy the craving for chocolate and peanut butter by baking a batch of these flavorful cookies. Just in time for July Fourth celebrations, these no-fuss treats are an excellent choice for summertime get-togethers.
Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a hike through the woods, or a day at the beach, these little goodies are terrific for toting anywhere. Enjoy!
Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
1 1/4 cups flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 1/4 cup vegetable shortening 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for finishing 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine butter, shortening and peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until combined. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Gradually beat in as much flour mixture as possible; stir in the rest. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press cookies with the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass to slightly flatten. Bake until centers are set and edges are crackled, 7 to 9 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Up with Marshmallows
Minimal ingredients and a couple of minutes are all it takes to whip up a gooey treat just in time for the back to school season.
Ideal for kids of all ages, this easy to make roll up is both delicious and nutritious. Simply slather a flour tortilla with the new and yummy whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread, top with banana slices, and sprinkle it with miniature marshmallows.
Roll it up, place on a microwave-safe plate like this one from Oneida, and microwave until heated. Terrific as an after school snack, this mouthwatering treat couldn’t be quicker or easier. Now this is a great way to savor the back to school season.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA ROLL UP WITH MARSHMALLOWS
1 tablespoon whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread 1 (8- to 10-inch) flour tortilla 1/2 ripe medium banana, sliced 2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows
Spread whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread on tortilla, leaving 1/2-inch border. Arrange banana slices on spread; sprinkle with marshmallows. Roll up. Transfer to a microwave-safe plate, seam side down; microwave on HIGH until just heated, about 30 seconds. Let stand 1 minute before slicing. Cut into 2 or 4 pieces. Makes 1 serving.
Make the most of apple season by whipping up a slightly sweetened peanut butter dip that pairs perfectly with just-picked apples.
By combining a few pantry staples, it’s easy to create a healthy dip that can be on the table in a matter of minutes. Simply slice a few apples and arrange them along with dip on a sturdy platter like this Chef’s Table Platter from Oneida.
Terrific for the back to school season and just right for little hands to dip into, this nourishing snack is a tasty way to enjoy the abundance of apples—and all the goodness of autumn.
APPLE SLICES WITH PEANUT BUTTER DIP
1/3 cup regular or reduced-fat peanut butter 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Apple slices, for dipping
For dip, in a small bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon; stir until smooth. Serve with apple slices. Makes 12 servings.