With all of the traveling that I did in December, this may be the year that I made the fewest Christmas cookies!  I made the Today Show Ginger Molasses Cookies more than I ever have in one season, but that was pretty much the extent of my holiday baking.  What I am saying is, I did not get my cookie fix this year.  So, I hope you will welcome these Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies that are packed with some of my favorite flavors and ingredients.

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There are a few food trends that I hope will die off in 2014 such as bacon incorporated into desserts and pork belly everything (sorry pork lovers!).  But one trend that I hope is here to stay forever is browned butter baked goods.  I am always an all butter baker anyway but when you take the five minutes that it takes to heat butter until the milk solids separate, true magic happens.  Once the milk solids separate from the butter fat and sink to the bottom of the pan you are heating your butter in, those solid bits begin to turn golden brown as they are heated and this process creates quite possibly the most mouth-watering smell in the world.  The nutty, rich, buttery smell that results should literally be bottled and sold as a perfume or room spray.  Eau de brown butter anyone?  Ok, maybe I’m getting a little carried away although once you make these Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies you’ll understand my obsession.

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Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies begin with the obvious star ingredient, browned butter and the dough only continues to improve with the addition of each other ingredient.  Butterscotch is another wine of my favorite flavors.  I love the butterscotch disc hard candies that you find alongside root beer barrels in random candy dishes.  The buttery, sweet and slightly salty flavor of butterscotch is just so satisfying.

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Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies are some of the best cookies that I have made in a long time.  I made them on a Saturday and then packaged up a few of them for each of my friends who I went od dinner with that night and they agreed that the recipe is a winner.

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Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 40 cookies

1 cookies

Rich and nutty brown butter dough stuffed with sweet, creamy butterscotch chips and crunchy pecans

Ingredients

  • 12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and both sugars for 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  5. Mix in pecans and butterscotch chips.
  6. Roll dough into 2 Tbsp-sized balls and place onto cookie sheets leaving 2 inches in between as cookies will spread slightly while baking.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  8. Recipe adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

Notes

Per cookies: Calories: 143 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 21g

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Which is your favorite fall ingredient:  apple or pumpkin?  I am pretty torn between the two, but when combined with brown sugar and nuts, apples might just win my vote.  Apple Streusel Cake is the epitome of fall.  A moist cake, stuffed with apples and topped with a generous amount of brown sugar streusel is perfect for breakfast as a coffee cake or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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No matter what kind of cake you make, if you make it in a bundt pan, the result is bound to beautiful and impressive.  This Apple Streusel Cake is no exception and will dazzle anyone who you place it in front of.  And this cake is huge so it’s great for a crowd.  I brought it into work for someone’s birthday and there was not a piece wasted.

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No matter if your favorite fall ingredient is apple or not, this Apple Streusel Cake is worth a try.

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Apple Streusel Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 12-16 servings

A moist cake packed with tart apples and crumbly brown sugar streusel

Ingredients

    For the cake
  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (16-ounce) container plain greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and diced
  • For the streusel
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

    For the streusel
  1. In a medium bowl, combine al ingredients with a pastry cutter or your fingers until a coarse, crumbly mixture is formed. Set aside.
  2. For the cake
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease and flour a 14-cup bundt pan.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars with an electric mixer. Add eggs, vanilla and yogurt and mix to combine. Mix in flour, baking powder and baking soda until well blended.
  5. Scoop half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Top this batter with 1/4 cup of the streusel, the apples and another 1/2 cup of the streusel.
  6. Top with remaining batter. Sprinkle remaining streusel over the top evenly. Press the streusel down into the batter lightly with your hands.
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes before removing and serving.
  9. Recipe adapted from Woman's Day magazine

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It’s Day 2 of Peanut Week, who’s excited??  Hopefully these Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars will make you even more excited!

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Salted nut rolls have always been a favorite candy of mine.  After all, isn’t a salted nut roll the original sweet and salty snack??  Since my husband was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, we have gone through more honey roasted peanuts in my house than I have had in my entire lifetime!  I buy giant jars of them at Costco and he will have a small dish of them for dessert or as a pre-dinner snack.  Even the honey roasted peanuts are a great low-carb snack option.  Since I began bringing massive loads of these perfectly addicting sweet and salty peanuts into my home, I have been dying to find a recipe to use them in.  Enter Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars!

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The flavors of these bars will remind you of eating a salted nut roll but you don’t even have to mess with a candy thermometer or making a nougat for this recipe.  Marshmallows lend that same gooey sweetness to these bars.  Also, these Honey Roasted Marshmallow Bars satisfy my texture craving for a perfect crunchy yet chewy snack.

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These bars are quire sweet and rich so I recommend cutting the 8-inch square pan that you make them in into 20 pieces.  It would also be super cute presentation to wrap these Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars individually in wax paper like you might find at a candy store.

A few tips for this recipe:

  • Spray your parchment paper very liberally with nonstick cooking spray.  Melted marshmallows may be one of the stickiest substances on the planet!
  • Spray the measuring cups that you use to measure the peanut butter and corn syrup with nonstick cooking spray to make cleanup easier.
  • You could certainly use plain roasted peanuts or any other nut that you enjoy in this recipe.

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bars

1 bar

These bars are a perfect mix of chewy and crunchy and will remind you of eating a salted nut roll

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • For the topping:
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. LIne an 8X8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper liberally with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar and flour and press evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 12 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle marshmallows over the baked crust and return to the oven for 7 minutes so that marshmallows become softened.
  5. For the topping:
  6. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter, corn syrup and butter and microwave for one minute. Stir together to combine. Mix in vanilla.
  7. In a separate large bowl, combine peanuts and cereal. Pour peanut butter mixture over peanuts and cereal and stir to coat.
  8. Pour peanut mixture over marshmallows and spread evenly.
  9. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting and serving.
  10. Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks|averiecooks.com

Notes

Per bar: Calories: 237 Fat: 17g Carbs: 17g

DID YOU KNOW?  Peanuts and peanut butter can help control blood sugar.  If you peanuts or peanut butter as part of a high carbohydrate meal, the healthy oils and proteins in peanuts can decrease blood sugar spikes and help to keep blood sugars stable throughout the entire day.

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Last weekend I was fortunate to travel to Napa, California courtesy of The Peanut Institute.  The Peanut Institute “is a non-profit organization that supports nutrition research and develops educational programs to encourage healthful lifestyles that include peanuts and peanut products.”  The trip was incredible and I learned wonderful facts about the nutritional benefits of peanuts, got to spend time with one of my great friends Emily,

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and we even got to cook at the Culinary Institute of America!  Check that one off my bucket list!

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The trip inspired me in so many ways.  When I returned home, I was excited to share some fantastic peanutty recipes with you.  So sweet teeth, I am declaring it Peanut Week!  I will be sharing one fact that I learned about peanuts with each of these satisfying recipes.

What better way to kick of Peanut Week than with these Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies?

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies are so light and soft, you would never guess that a key ingredient like flour is missing!  With only six ingredients, these cookies are a great gluten-free treat option and you will be shocked how only SIX ingredients can create a cookie that tastes so delicious.

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

I was so happy when I calculated the nutrition facts for these Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies and found out that each cookie only has 13 grams of carbs!  That is pretty remarkable for a cookie that has chopped up candy bars in it!

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 22 cookies

Soft and chewy flourless peanut butter cookies stuffed with Peanut Butter Snickers Candy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Snickers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream peanut butter, sugar, egg baking soda and vanilla together.
  3. Mix in chopped candy bars.
  4. Roll dough into small balls and place onto cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 12 minutes.
  6. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

Notes

Per cookies: Calores: 138 Fat: 8g Carbs: 13g

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

DID YOU KNOW??  Eating 1 ounce of peanuts daily can cut your risk of heart disease in half.  The oil in peanuts is mostly monounsaturated which offers the same health benefits as other healthy fats such as olive oil.

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It never fails that around 1-2 pm, I hit a wall and fall into an afternoon slump.  I blame feeling full from lunch and especially if I am in a warm room, my eyes just get heavy and I become more lethargic.  I often use an afternoon snack or beverage as a pick-me-up to combat the feeling of wanting to do nothing but nap.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars have many good-for-you ingredients and will give you an energy boost if you feel the grogginess that I described in the early afternoon.  Peanuts and peanut butter provide protein to keep you feeling full and satiated for hours.  A good dose of whole grains like whole wheat flour, rolled oats and wheat germ help to get in your servings of healthy carbs for the day.  And to give you something to look forward to, these bars are packed with chocolate chips and even drizzled with some melty chocolate for a little antioxidant boost.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

So give yourself an afternoon snack to look forward to that will help to keep you focused throughout the day and make a batch of these Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Whole grain bars packed with energy rich ingredients like peanuts and chocolate chips to keep you going all day long

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter and brown sugar together to combine.
  4. Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla.
  5. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Add rolled oats and wheat germ and mix.
  7. Add peanuts, 3/4 cup chocolate chips and mix well.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  9. Bake 20 minutes and cool in pan on a wire rack.
  10. Melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle over bars.
  11. Remove from pan, cut and serve.
  12. Recipe adapted from Health Magazine

mix together peanut butter and brown sugar

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add eggs, oil and vanilla and mix

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in flour, baking soda and cinnamon

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in oats and wheat germ

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in peanuts and chocolate chips

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

spread into pan and bake

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

cool, drizzle with chocolate, cut and serve

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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