You know, a lot of my friends think I'm a 'perfect' cook ... which I am soooooo not! I mess up all the time (and actually seem to have a string of mess-ups going on right now!). For me, that's actually part of the adventure of cooking ... figuring out what works and what doesn't. I decided when I started this blog that I'd be man (or in this case, woman) about my bloopers and share them. Well, not all of them. Just some. I do still want you to think I'm at least somewhat of a decent cook! So I'll share some every now and then, like these Funfetti Cake Balls that started out as a botched up batch of cupcakes, or these Peeps Brownies that just made me think of some horror movie where Easter Peeps were maliciously buried alive, or my oh-so-over-crispy-and-black Sweet Potato Chips.
And then there's this cheesecake. My poor little Honey Cheesecake that I've been working on developing the recipe for. As you can see, I'm not at the point of success yet. Look at those disappointing cracks (they were DEEP!), and how over-browned the sides are!
Mark and I were going to dinner at my parents' house one night, and I was supposed to bring this cheesecake for dessert. What to do, what to do?? Well, the first thing I did was cover the cheesecake with chocolate ganache. When in doubt, cover it! Frosting, ganache, sprinkles ... they are our friends.
In this case, even ganache couldn't come to the rescue. The cheesecake cracks were so deep, the ganache just 'fell' in.
Onto another plan. I looked through my pantry to see what options I had. It seemed I was lacking one or two ingredients for just about everything that came to mind! Don't you hate it when that happens?? So I went to the good ol' classic No Bake Cookies. I quickly whipped them up on the stovetop ...
... dropped them by spoonfuls onto waxed paper ...
... and let them set up.
Then off to my parents we went with No Bakes in tow. The funny thing is, my Dad was super excited about the cookies! I guess we just can't resist the simple classics ... after all, they did became classics for a reason.
|Perfect with a big glass of milk!|
No Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies
Source: My Mom
2 c. sugar
5 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
8 T. (1 stick) butter
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
1. In a saucepan, mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 1/2 minutes.
2. Remove pan from the heat and add the peanut butter, vanilla, and oatmeal. Stir until well combined.
3. Drop the oat mixture by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.