Thursday, April 26, 2012

Late night baking & Giada's peanut butter cookies

I have developed a new habit. Late night baking. Actually I've been doing it for awhile but I recently became self aware of it. There is something nice about pre-heating the oven and getting out the Kitchen-Aid mixer at 11pm. The kitchen is already cleaned up so I have a clear palette. The house is quiet and the pugs are sleepy - perfect time to bake!

And it is nice to wake up to a full cookie jar and the aroma of fresh baked cookies still hanging in the air.

My latest late night baking adventure was a batch of Giada's peanut butter and blackberry strawberry jam cookies. I swapped out strawberry jam simply because that was all I had. The recipe comes from Weeknights with Giada cookbook, my new favorite go-to cookbook.

These are big meaty cookies! You are supposed to use room temperature butter but I was impatient and used it still slightly chilled so my cookies are not as spread out as I think they are supposed to be. It didn't seem to affect the taste however and one makes it into Aaron's lunch bag each day. They are also good with a dish of coffee/mocha ice cream!

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