27 February, 2018

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?
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Pinterest, the lifeblood, and death of me sometimes. I’m constantly saving recipes, crafts, gardening ideas, etc. to this “notebook in the sky.” It’s a little out of my comfort zone to use Pinterest, yet I love seeing what’s posted and “out there” to learn about. 

I saw this recipe a few weeks ago and thought great recipe! I didn’t have one of the ingredients so I put it aside until I purchased the special flour needed. (I thought I had a whole bag of it in my cupboard, but it somehow disappeared – ever happen to you?) When I went back to find the recipe to make this, I could not find it anywhere online. 

I realize that finding a recipe online is somewhat like looking for a needle in a haystack, but I thought for sure my googling efforts would pull this recipe easily. No such luck. I googled peanut butter cookies covered in chocolate, chocolate covered peanut butter cookies, peanut butter and chocolate cookies, no-bake peanut butter cookies, etc., etc., still, the right recipe was not showing up. I didn’t remember the source so couldn’t go directly to them. Perhaps the link I was looking for was 2-3 pages down in the search list. I only tend to go 1-2 pages deep in a search generally.

What was I doing wrong in my search terminology? I may never know the correct google terms that would have been needed to easily find this recipe online, but I did find it in my Pinterest folder. Yay! Now, why didn’t I go there first? Well, as you may know, half the time what you are looking for is never in the first place you look and is always in the last place you look. Why is it always found in the last place?  Because you stop looking once you’ve found it – duh!

These cookies actually are nutritious! They are gluten-free, vegan, low carb, and paleo friendly! And… wait for it… there are only four ingredients and no baking necessary!

Peanut butter, pure maple syrup and coconut flour mixture.

Hand-rolled cookie balls.

Do you know how many glasses, cups, and dishes I have in my cupboards, all with inscriptions or raised writing of some sort on the bottom?  I couldn’t use them without the lettering showing up on the cookie. One glass did have a “P” on it and thought it would be cool to imprint that into the cookies, but then I’d have to explain the P. No one in this household has a first name, last name, or nickname starting with a P (although I was tempted to make one up so I could use that glass). In the end, I used a flat wooden spoon to flatten these cookies.

Melting chocolate over the stove in a double boiler. I’ve tried microwaving chocolate to melt it and never had good results so I revert to the old-fashioned method that works well every time.

Cover the peanut butter cookies with chocolate and sprinkle a few pieces of sea salt on top.

These will melt in your mouth (and in your hands if you don’t eat them fast enough). Enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies
Serves 52
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  2. 1 cup coconut flour
  3. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 2 cups chocolate (dark or milk)
  5. Large sea salt crystals (optional)
Instructions
  1. Warm up peanut butter and maple syrup in the microwave or on the stovetop. Stir to mix well.
  2. Add flour and stir to combine together.
  3. Roll dough into small balls and then flatten with a spoon or bottom of a glass.
  4. Place cookies on a baking sheet or tray covered with parchment paper and freeze until firm.
  5. Melt chocolate in a double boiler.
  6. Carefully dip cookies into chocolate and then lay out on parchment paper to cool and solidify.
  7. Sprinkle for a few sea salt crystals - optional.
Adapted from thebigmansworld.com
Adapted from thebigmansworld.com
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