Pretzel Chocolate Chip Peanut butter cookies

 

Chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels … OMG YES!

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Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy goodness.

For summer, the weather in these parts of town have been straight trippin ( don’t even ask me what that was, and why I said it)

It’s been perfect for movie marathon weekends, filled with junk food, popcorn and baking.

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And it’s not even cool out, its muggy and doing magical things for my hair.

#TheStruggleIsReal.

I need to announce, that I also saw Pitch 2 last weekend … and umm Aka-mazing!! I can’t say it was as good as the first, but Fat Amy had me on the floor!! Annnd this weekend, Jurassic World .. I need to see it / be scared / have bad dreams … you know, for old time sake.

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What are you wild cats doing this weekend?!

I’m partying with my bestie and her familia tonight … she’s getting married in 49 days … which also means for the next 49 days and the foreseeable future I’ll be in a corner sobbing . I have attachment issues, as well as issues with the fact that we’re apparently grownup and shizz … heh. Shizz .. such a funny word.

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I’m also going to a baby shower for another amiga who’s having a little minion … sorry, that should say munckin.. but whatever works.

Aaaannnnd Sunday is tonight’s besties bridal shower … ahhhh yeeeeaaaa!!

So to summarize : Brides, Babies … and by Monday Booze.

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Can I just stick to making cookies, and ixnay on the rest of life?

Pretzel Chocolate Chip peanut butter cookies

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Ingredients:

 

1 egg, room temperature

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1  cup peanut butter

1/2 cup Butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup Chocolate chips

¼ cups broken pretzel pieces

24 pretzels for topping.

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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, margarine, and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, baking soda, and salt–mix in until just incorporated.
  3. Fold in your chocolate chips and broken pretzel pieces.
  4. Cover your mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  6. Remove your dough from the fridge and scoop 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Top each cookie mound with pretzel.
  8. Bake cookies in oven for 9 minutes. Remove from oven &allow cookies to cool for an additional 10.

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Baklava cake

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Calling all Mothers – or children of mothers who are both sweet and total nut cases!! You know, the ones with open arms for a warm hug but also willing to turn the radio on loud and fist bump with you while driving, the ones who randomly call you on a Saturday morning, to find out what makes pancakes fluffly – the same ones you will call you to give you a pep talk and say “ woman, it’s Wednesday – pour yourself some wine and move on”.

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YES, those are the mama’s this decadent dessert is for aka my mother.

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Aww aint she a cutie!

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My mom is actually the weirdest dessert person, she loves dessert – but doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Isn’t that weird?! She isn’t a fan of anything with chocolate – nor anything too sweet. Hand her a pie, she’s happy – bumbleberry cobbler hhhheeelllooo happy place – but a chocolate fudge fra-lee-lah, yea she’ll pass. When I first created this recipe, I wanted something special, I wanted it to taste like spring, taste like complete happiness and look like I spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen without actually doing so.

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This baklava cake wins on so many levels. Not only is a sweet way to say thank you to any special person in your life it’s also heeeellllla-delicious.

 Baklava cake 

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Ingredients:

Baklava Layers

(40) 9 x 14-inch Sheets of Filo Dough

3/4 Cup Butter, melted

2 cups crushed red pistachio

1 cups Crushed Walnuts

1 ½ cups crushed pecans

1/2 Cup brown Sugar

2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp ground cardamom

 Honey Rosewater Syrup

1 and 1/3 Cups Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Water

1/3 Cup Honey

1 Tablespoon and 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

1 tbsp rosewater

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Directions:

Bring the sugar and water, to a boil in a small pot. Add the lemon and the honey and rosewater stir well, and lower the heat to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the nuts, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.\

Remove phyllo from packaging any lay on a flat surface, cover stack with a damp cloth ( this helps with the dough not drying out!!).

Preheat oven to 350 oc – liberally grease spray a medium sized spring-form cake pan.

Working with one sheet at a time, spread ( you can crumple, so that it fits the pan) one phylo sheet to cover the bottom of the cake pan. Lightly brush with melted butter. Repeat until you have 8 layers. Next, take 1 ½ cups of your nut mixture and spread over entire phylo layer. Repeat until you have 3 layers. Last, create one more “top layer” of 8 sheets of phylo.

Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Next, pour all of your honey rosewater syurp over the cake. Allow to sit one hour, so that all of the liquid is absorbed by the phylo dough.

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Slice and serve to that special woman of yours. Happy Mother’s day to all the wonder woman out there, Happy weekend to all you fine looking folks – now someone grab me a fork – we gots cake to eat!!

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