Cookie Friday: Homemade Reese’s PB Eggs

Homemade Reese’s PB Eggs (via Brown Eyed Baker)

Makes 15 Eggs

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup light brown sugar
1¼ cups powdered sugar
2 cups milk chocolate chips (or 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped)
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

3. Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop out peanut butter mixture and shape into eggs. I found it easiest to roll the scoop into a ball, and then roll it into a short cylinder. I placed it on the baking sheet, and then used my fingers to shape the ends into an egg-like oval. Refrigerate to allow the peanut butter eggs to set, about 30 minutes.

4. Once the peanut butter eggs are set, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted. One at a time, dip a peanut butter egg into the chocolate and, using a fork, flip it over so it is completely covered. Remove it from the bowl, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Return it to the baking sheet, and repeat with all of the peanut butter eggs. Sprinkle with decorations, if desired. Return the chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Crazy RICH! Crazy good. And an excellent excuse to buy pastel sprinkles.

Kev Kev got off work early on a Friday afternoon so we decided to bypass the gym (even though dead Fridays are my fave!) and hit up a new-to-us park in Denver. Yeah, we’d never been to Wash Park!! I loved it immediately. It’s kind of my ideal park. Green. But not TOO outdoorsy. Like I wasn’t imagining that I was going to run into a rattlesnake or a coyote!

We took Boykin on a little loop. We all were very overdressed. It was super windy in our hood which made it a little chilly. The park must have been more sheltered, and the sun was popping out. We all got a little overheated. I thought we were going to have to carry Boyd back to the car!

We ran about 4 miles in total before getting to our WOD. We chose something simple since we were at the park.

10 Rounds for Time:

  • Run 100 Meters
  • 10 burpees

Once again, it was a LOT harder than it sounded!

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t push myself overly hard on this one.. I was a bit sore from the last two days and already overheated. I expect to smash our time of 23:27 next time. I think I could probably get it well under 20 in better circumstances.

Note to self: Burpees collect leaves!!

Kevin tried to train me to throw them out the window instead of on floor in the car. I kept forgetting. :)

It was a great day for kite flying!! Too bad I couldn’t get one to fit into Kevin’s Easter bin. Or he’d be getting one.

Kevin and I chose to observe Good Friday quietly at home (although Boyd did choose that time to whip around one of his chew toys) by reading the passages from the Scriptural Way of the Cross at home and listening to some meditative music. I found it interesting to read that some Protestants object to the focusing on the stations of the cross because it does not include the resurrection at the end. It makes sense to me to conclude with the cross on Good Friday as we look forward to celebrating the resurrection on Sunday! Here’s a chart of the Harmony of Various 14 Stations of the Cross Versions if you’re curious. I’d highly recommend spending some time reading through one of them sometime this weekend.

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend. And no, several of you asked me, but I didn’t actually get that beautiful orange Kitchen-Aid. It’s really okay, I need a bigger one anyways. ;)

 

Cookie Friday: Coconut Macaroon Dark Chocolate Nests

I fell for this recipe immediately because a) it’s adorable, and b) I’m lazy, and I knew it would be super easy!!

Aren’t they so sweet? And check out these easy directions from 2 Peas & Their Pod

Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests

Ingredients:

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
1 cup Nutella or 1 cup dark chocolate peanut butter
Dark Chocolate Eggs

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined. Add in the coconut and mix well.

3. With a spoon, scoop up about 3 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the cookies into the shape of a bird nest. Press down the center with your thumb.

4. Bake cookies for 17 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your thumb down in the center of the nests again. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

5. Place about a tablespoon of Nutella in the center of each nest. Place 3 egg candies in the center of the nest. Finish decorating the nests and serve.

We used this stuff because I didn’t want to eat all the leftovers of a jar of Nutella. I don’t know why I didn’t think I’d be sneaking spoonfuls of this stuff, because it’s amazing!!

Want to know what’s NOT amazing? Last week we tried the Light Life Backyard Grill’n Burgers. They were awesome. We thought we bought them again this week. Nope. We bought some Farmer’s Market Veggie version in the same packaging. Yuuuck.

Aren’t you impressed with the three other types of vegetables on my plate.

All smothered in this stuff:

Simply Organic Ranch Mix. I think we all know that I didn’t mix that packet with sour cream. Haha. That’s right. 10 little calories + nonfat Greek yogurt makes an awesome dip!! I think I’m going to start buying this every week to alternate with my beloved Sabra garlic hummus. This might not make me stomach want to die pre-workout!!

I still couldn’t finish that veggie burger and had to pass it off to Kev. I’m not good at eating food I don’t like. I’m going back and buying the Backyard Grill kind and making Kevin finish those ones. I’ll smother them with spicy BBQ sauce for him! :)

Happy Friday!You should try making those cookies for Easter. They’ll seem very impressive, but they’re some of the fastest cookies ever!

How many kinds of vegetables have you eaten today? 3. But not fruit!! Oops.

Here’s your happy reminder to start the weekend off with a good workout! I did a little two mile shakeout because my legs were sore from yesterday’s mileage, but I’ll be hitting the gym with Kevin when he gets home.