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Old 06-06-2014, 04:17 PM   #211
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I am curious as to what made them fall apart. Too much shortening? Too little shortening? Can you post the recipe? I love PB cookies. Can't stop eating them as long as they are sitting there. With a nice tall glass of cold milk.
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I did a lot of tweaks to suit my taste, so I think the first two tweaks affected the texture, such as switching the two sugar measurements and using natural instead of processed peanut butter.

Tweaks:
*I switched the amounts of brown sugar and white sugar
*I used natural peanut butter instead of processed (processed is usually recommended for cookies, although this recipe didn't indicate that).

Other tweaks:
I added chocolate chips and a small amount of chopped peanut butter cups
I did very rounded Tbsp
I omitted the chopped peanuts

Here's a link to the original recipe:
Extra Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies - Healthy Recipe Finder | Rodale
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I am baking a mountain of chocolate cake....well a castle of it anyway if not a mountain. I am making a sandcastle cake for a a grad banquet for tomorrow night. The base cakes are each 4 inches high not filled (15", 9" and 6" in diameter) and the turrets are going to be white cake jelly rolls with lemon and (separately) raspberry filling.

I already have chocolate shells and sea life made and my 9 year old helper will be making "rocks" today.

In case you didn't guess, the banquet is "beach" themed.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:04 PM   #213
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Addie,
I did a lot of tweaks to suit my taste, so I think the first two tweaks affected the texture, such as switching the two sugar measurements and using natural instead of processed peanut butter.

Tweaks:
*I switched the amounts of brown sugar and white sugar
*I used natural peanut butter instead of processed (processed is usually recommended for cookies, although this recipe didn't indicate that).

Other tweaks:
I added chocolate chips and a small amount of chopped peanut butter cups
I did very rounded Tbsp
I omitted the chopped peanuts

Here's a link to the original recipe:
Extra Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies - Healthy Recipe Finder | Rodale
You can use natural PB, but you have to stir it really good. And when you think you have stirred it enough, stir it some more. I found that when I do use natural PB, I cut the shortening by 2 tablespoons as the natural oil in the PB likes to come to the forefront.
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You can use natural PB, but you have to stir it really good. And when you think you have stirred it enough, stir it some more. I found that when I do use natural PB, I cut the shortening by 2 tablespoons as the natural oil in the PB likes to come to the forefront.
I stirred it very, very well.
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I stirred it very, very well.
Oh I believe you. And crazy as it sounds, they now have a PB stirrer.

Amazon.com: peanut butter stirrer

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Chocolate Espresso Chews - They're insanely good!
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SO made us a pineapple upside down cake today. Mmmm.
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Andy, pineapple upside down cake is my favorite! Funny...I've been thinking about it lately, then I see your post! Must make it soon.

Merstar....those chocolate cookies look fabulous!
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Chocolate Espresso Chews - They're insanely good!
I need that recipe!! YUM
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Andy, pineapple upside down cake is my favorite! Funny...I've been thinking about it lately, then I see your post! Must make it soon. ...
It's really good. I had another piece for lunch today. When I was a kid, we had an aunt in Philly who was famous for her PUD cake. I always wanted to go visit her n Philly or have them come up to visit us in hopes that she would make that cake. So it's fun to make it now and remember her.

SO made hers in a 12" cast iron skillet. The issue there is finding a dish and cover that will hold the cake.
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