Leap Day Luck: Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Legend has it on Leap Day a stroke of luck will find you. It’s also the one day every four years in Ireland when women propose marriage to their boyfriends, but we’re not in Ireland tonight, so back to finding a stroke of luck.

I spent today searching and waiting for my luck. I tripped up the stairs, I dropped a stack of 300 papers and I didn’t win a free coffee. Needless to say, I searched high and low to find my big Leap Day break only to give up hope… until I drove home in a freezing rain storm.

While ice pelts bounced off my windshield and I recounted how much work I did today, and then how much more I have left to do, I realized that maybe the luck of Leap Day isn’t about winning a coffee or making it up the stairs without falling. Maybe the luck of Leap Day is realizing how lucky we are every day and passing a little luck someone else’s way.

After my Leap Day revelation amidst an ice storm, I decided the best way to spread a little luck is by sending care packages of double chocolate chip cookies stuffed with peanut butter to the people in lucky enough to know, even on non-Leap Days. So, I hope you found your stroke of luck, and if you don’t think you did, whip up a batch of these and send them to everyone you’re lucky to have. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if Leap Day is about being lucky, if we just look around a little we will realize everyday is Leap Day.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Yields 16-20 cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar

Assembling the cookies

  1. In a bowl, combine 3/4 cup peanut butter and icing sugar. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a seperate bowl, whip butter and peanut butter. Mix in sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla.
  4. Gradually mix in cocoa powder, baking soda and all-purpose flour.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Remove peanut butter mixture from refrigerator. Roll peanut butter into 16-20 balls.
  7. Roll and flatten a ball of chocolate dough, place peanut butter ball in center and wrap chocolate dough around. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.

Enjoy,

-Adele

Now and Then: S’mores Brownies

The concept of now and then is funny to think of; we all grow up but look back. I often think about what I would tell myself if I could go back to ‘a then’and shed some light on ‘the now’.

I’d let the Grade 6 Adele know that even though you got a B- in Geometry, things actually worked out. I’d tell my Grade 9 self that you will find an anti-frizz serum and a straightener that really work.  And to that wide-eyed university Adele I’d make sure she knew there’s a wonderful, crazy, heartbreaking and glorious world past the late night essay edits and the football stars.

But the most important Adele I’d like to speak to is the kindergarten Adele. I’d hold her hand and fix her mophead ponytail and I’d tell her, “Never underestimate the power of the people you meet in kindergarten. These friends sitting crossed-legged in a semi-circle with you right now are the people who will drop everything, no matter where you are in the world, to be with you when you need them. Their smiles will make you feel like you’re 4 again sitting in this circle being told you can eat s’mores at snack time. And when you need them the most, when your whole world feels like it’s falling apart, these kids right here will be the ones that hug you so tight all your falling pieces will come back together. I promise you, in your weakest moments they will make you whole again. Because of them you’re going to be ok; it is all for one, one for all.”

Have s’mores kid, you deserve it.

S’mores Brownies  

  •  1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (additional)
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped graham crackers

Assembling the Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter 1 cup of chocolate chips. Once melted pour into large bowl and let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk sugars into the cooled chocolate mixture. Add eggs and vanilla. Gradually fold fold in flour, and cocoa powder. Add in additional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven add marshmallows, graham crackers and remaining chocolate chips. Bake for 45 seconds. Let cool.
  5. Once cooled, spray sharp knife with spray to cut through brownies without disturbing the gooey marshmallow top.

Enjoy,

-Adele

I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

“I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)” – e.e Cummings

Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. Who does not love the opportunity to dedicate an entire day to letting the ones you love know exactly how much they are loved?

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I had every intention of posting a lovey dovey tale about how I am loved and how much I love those close to me. Yesterday I did not post it because yesterday turned into one of the most heart breaking days of my life so far. Yesterday we said goodbye to one of my oldest forever friends. He was 26. You’re not suppose to lose people you love when they are 26.

I wanted to post this not to tell a sad sorry because my friend would have absolutely hated that. I am posting this to remind you that our time here is not infinite and it is our duty, our only duty in life, to live a life we are proud of. Tell people you love them. Love yourself. Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, just take a minute and figure out how to make yourself happy and those around you happy. Be the kind of person that makes people forever happy to be where they are; be the kind of person who makes everyone around you a better, kinder, gentler soul. That’s exactly how my friend lived his life, we are all better people because we were blessed enough to know him. Everyday from yesterday until forever I’ll carry his heart, I’ll carry it in my heart.

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white and milk chocolate chips, optional for drizzle.

Assembling the cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tin or heart shaped muffin tin.
  2. Mix butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, mix to combine.
  3. Stir in cornstarch and baking soda. Gradually add flour. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press dough into tins, filling half full. Bake for 12 minutes. Once cooled melt 1/4 cup chocolate for drizzle.

Enjoy,

-Adele

Cam Newton’s Dab Chow 

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Super Bowl Sunday is a bittersweet day; it is the biggest game of the season, yet it is the end of the season. The 2015-2016 NFL season was filled with rare and utterly impressive win streaks from Carolina on the one end to missed opportunities and complete breakdowns at the other end of the spectrum. Albeit my Saints were far from the top of the class this year, the 2015-2016 season did not fail to entertain.

One of the highlights of the season that had nothing to do with the play of the game was Cam Newton’s dab. This cocky, slight irritating yet smirk worthy gesture is exactly what the NFL is all about and I love it. Cam Newton is an undeniable talent with an unapologetic ego. He has things to prove and he has all the ability to do so. He has led his team on a victorious journey thus far and is poised to ‘dab’ his way past Peyton Manning’s Broncos.

And all though it slightly breaks my ‘Roll Tide’ heart, I hope Cam Newton takes it all tonight.

Enjoy this chocolate covered ode to the dab.

Cam Newton’s Dab Chow

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  • 1 box Chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • Sprinkles, optional

Assembling the Chow

  1. Pour cereal into large plastic bag. I used a garbage bag.
  2. In a bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour melted chocolate and peanut butter into the bag of cereal and shake the bag to coat.
  4. Once cereal is coated in chocolate and peanut butter, pour in sprinkles and brownie mix. Shake bag to coat.
  5. Pour chow onto wax paper to dry.
  6. Store in airtight container in freezer.

Enjoy,

-Adele