"Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap." - Barbara Jordan
That would be a great idea, right? I mean imagine, the whole world - politicians, world leaders, miners, teachers... everyone, would actually sit down at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, have some cookies and milk and take a nap! Imagine what it would be like! It would be WOW! There's be some giggling, and laughing and for a few minutes each day, there'd be harmony and peace. Really!
I've read about that quote by American politician and leader of the Civics Rights Movement Barbara Charline Jordan in the book by one of my favourite authors Robert Fulghum in his book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It's one of those staright-forward-simple books that inspires and makes you laugh and think a little. I've quoted this book many times in previous posts, including this here. And writing this post, I am once again drawn back to it. If you haven't had the chance to read it, go get yourself a copy and read on! I promise you, you'll sit back and smile at every page.
Now back to the order of things. This month's theme at the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop is hosted by the lovely Nic from Dining with a Stud. She's come up with a real challenge of sweets without heat. Check out her raw chocolate ganache tart - with a surprise ingredient! The pictures are so drool-worthy!
Initially I thought there's no way I can make anything sweet without heat - but then I remembered when cookie doughs became a hit a few years back. Maybe an onset from Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavour combinations. Who knows. But I first saw them from Joy the Baker , bookmarked and never really got the chance to try. Recently though, I've been back on the Pinterest arena and once again hooked on pinning and browsing, with lots of hours wasted (?) bookmarking and planning stuff to do. And so this post is inspired by a Pinterest-find from the Disney Family.com site - cookie dough bites.
To make these peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough bites:
125g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 cup bittersweet/dark chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter until pale.
Add the flour, vanilla, salt and peanut butter and continue to beat until everything is incorporated.
Add the chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon.
Using a teaspoon, shape into round balls.
Chill for a few minutes.
These are quite addictive. They're sweet with some bursts of saltiness. Something like a chocolate-covered pretzel or a salted caramel ganache. I must say the peanut butter made it a little bit better. Packed and wrapped with a ribbon - they can be great Christmas presents too! Eaten as is, chilled or covered with melted dark chocolate, these are great anytime of the day. With milk, and possibly a nap afterwards.