Tuesday, December 23, 2008

hello, my name is patti, and I've been addicted to post-midnight baking for four years now...

Am I an insomniac? No. A bit nutty? Mayhaps? Just in love with baking? Oh, most definitely, silly. However, an intervention might be necessary if this starts to get out of hand.

So I cannot sleep for the life of me tonight. Solution to this problem? BAKE. Or...mor
e like, raid-the-cupboards-to-find-something-creative-to-do. Which is exactly what I did. At 3:20am.

First thing I found? No, Yes, Maybe cookies left over from my 21st birthday bash...that were five months old. Eh, no one could tell the difference, thanks to delicious preservatives and trans fats baked into these circular fortune-telling treats. And really, just add some...

...PEANUT BUTTER, and life is good again. And then what did I do?

CRUSH CRUSH CRUSH with the rolling pin...that my uncle made for me, actually, how cool is that? My uncle is a carpenter, so we always receive handcrafted gifts, or at least once in awhile. This rolling pin is my absolute fav, in my honest opinion. Not only is it supa cool, but it also resembles the rolling pin that Giada De Laurentiis uses on her cooking show. And, I mean, if Giada is using a wooden, sans handle rolling pin, then it must be right...right? Right.

So this is a horridly fuzzy picture, but in the words of Clark, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Why? Because 1) I am finally tired and 2) I am using my mom's camera, since mine sadly died a few weeks ago, and I really don't feel like messing with her camera's settings at 4am. :)

So I was going for a no-bake cookie-esque flavor with this experimentals, and, I must admit, I kind of nailed it. Granted, I did use sugar cookies in place of oatmeal, but these puppies
really do taste like a no-bake. Only in bar-form. Which makes them 10,000 times tastier, of course.

So I'm posting an extremely vague recipe for these guys...make them at your own risk! Or feel free to play around with the ingredients and measurements when you can't get to sleep some night. :)

Insomniac Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

3 cups or so sugar cookies, crushed
1 cup peanut butter, creamy
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Place crushed sugar cookies in medium bowl. Place peanut butter and chocolate chips in small, microwavable-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 second increments, checking for liquidfying stage...and stirring to meld together chocolate chips and peanut butter.

When combined, plop chocolate-peanut butter sludge into crushed sugar cookies. Mix together. Spread evenly into 8x8-inch pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Refrigerate for half an hour, or until cuttable. Cut and serve!

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