Thursday, March 24, 2011

Peanut Buttery Chocolate Chip Loaded Cowboy Cookies

Original recipe by Camilla Saulsbury, The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book

Adapted recipe and photos by Something Different For Dinner

My shortcut for this recipe was refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, but I didn't have any so I made mine. The cookies turned out awesome!! They were so yummy.

I better stop baking!! Summer is just around the corner. Although you'd never know it, with the weather up here.  I don't think it's ever going to stop raining! GRRRR.

Peanut Buttery Chocolate Chip Loaded Cowboy Cookies:

1 roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough ( I made my own, recipe below)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts ( I DIDN'T USE THESE)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with non stick cooking spray.

Break up cookie dough into a large bowl. Add coconut, peanut butter, quick oats, and peanuts to the dough.  Mix well.

Drop by kitchen teaspoons, 2 inches apart, on cookie sheets.

Bake for 10-13 minutes or until just set. Cool on wire racks.

Cheers! Enjoy. These cookie will not disappoint.

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts(opinional).

Monday, March 21, 2011

50/50 Salad w/ fuji apples, feta, candied walnuts, and dried cranberries

I was inspired to make this salad from one I had at Mimi's Cafe, in Sacramento, CA. I'm sure they have it at all their locations. I think they call it a "Strawberry Salad".

I used a 50/50 spring/ baby spinach mix for my green base. Then, I added thinly sliced Fuji apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, some homemade candied walnuts, and tossed it in Brianna's Home Style Real French Vinaigrette.

before the toss
 This salad is good and tasty.

Slightly sweet from the apples, a little tart from the feta and dried cranberries, nutty sweetness from the candied walnuts, and a final tang from the vinaigrette. Give it a try. My family was asking for more!!

after the toss :0)

Plus, it's a great way for my girls to get their salad in.
Enjoy!! Happy Monday!!