Bake a little bit

I really do enjoy baking up something delicious. Here are two of my latest efforts, starting with these:

Cookies

These yummy cookies have a little bit of everything: peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel. Deee-lish.

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Peanut Butter, Chocolate, & Caramel Cookies*

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 package of rolos
Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until blended. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Shape a 2 tbsp. dough around each rolo, using lightly floured hands, and roll into balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks.

Oh and I also had a chance to make these:

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These were surprisingly easy to make. The hardest part is probably getting a hold of the pan (luckily my friend Emily provided that for me). We added chocolate sauce to the mix and it was the perfect addition.

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Here’s what it looks like before you flip them out of the pan.

Les Madeleines**

2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooked
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon shredded orange peel
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Sift together flour and baking powder in small bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs, orange extract, and orange peel on high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Beat another 5 minutes or until thick.

Gently fold in flour mixture, then melted butter. Mix until smooth. Spoon into the cups, filling about 3/4 full. Bake approximately 8 minutes, or until edges are light brown. Cool in the pan around 1-2 minutes. Yields: 24 Madeleines.

I’m not sure what I’ll make next, but any suggestions are welcome.

Currently: Catching up on Grey’s Anatomy and all my little projects

*Recipe courtesy of People w/ a slight tweak and inspired by HIMYM
**Recipe courtesy of Emily’s Madeleine pan package
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