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Month: August 2019

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EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

A quick cookie recipe with only 5 ingredients that is perfect as an after school treat or to satisfy that gnawing sweet tooth.  Soft and just a little bit chewy, these cookies are full of peanut flavor.

A quick cookie recipe for easy peanut butter cookies

Peanut butter is one of my favorite things.  I love it in savory dishes as well as anything sweet.  And cookies may be at the top of my list.

Back in my corporate days, I remember a coffee shop that served a large peanut butter cookie that was soft and literally melted in your mouth then eaten.  It was heavenly.

I bought one at least 3 afternoons a week, all the while begging for the recipe.  To put a stop to the begging, the finally gave me the recipe. Peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.

What?  Are you kidding?  How could this work?  And yet, it does, deliciously.

HOW DO YOU MAKE EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES?

I began playing with the recipe.  I tried it first with granulated sugar and the cookie felt gritty, like the sugar never fully incorporated into the dough.

Brown sugar wasn’t gritty and gave the dough a great flavor, but the cookie was too soft.  I tried baking it a bit longer, but the cookie became too brown.

Powdered sugar blended into the dough and baked to a perfect golden brown.  The cookie was a touch too sweet and the texture wasn’t quite right.

However, adding just a ½ cup of cornstarch gave the cookie the right amount of sweetness, without being cloying.  But it also gave the cookie that melt-in-your-mouth, velvety texture that I remembered from the coffee shop.  

The best part is that the whole recipe comes together and bakes in about 15 minutes.  You simply stir all the ingredients together, scoop out the dough, flatten slightly on the baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes, and then enjoy warm, delicious cookies.

A quick cookie recipe for easy peanut butter cookies

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A quick cookie recipe for easy peanut butter cookies

EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES


  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 24 cookies 1x

Description

A quick cookie recipe that has only 5 ingredients and takes 15 minutes. Velteety, soft, and full of peanut butter flavor, this easy recipe is perfect as an after school snack.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, optional, to dip fork into before flattening cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, cornstarch, egg, and vanilla until fully combined. The dough will be thick, like fudge.
  3. Drop the dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Use a fork, dipped in granulated sugar, if desired, to slightly flatten the cookies, making a criss-cross pattern.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes until very lightly browned on the edges.
  6. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. (but they won’t last that long)

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
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THE BEST BELGIAN WAFFLES

THE BEST BELGIAN WAFFLES

This easy breakfast recipe makes authentic Belgian waffles that are crispy and golden brown on the outside and light, soft, and fluffy on the inside.

These delicious waffles are perfect topped with berries, Nutella, whipped cream, powdered sugar, or butter and syrup.

What’s better than a warm, fluffy Belgian waffle on a weekend morning?  Personally, I can’t think of anything.

Homemade Belgian waffles with fresh berries and whipped cream

A warm waffle, slathered in butter and topped with a few fresh berries and just a drizzle of real maple syrup, along with a steaming cup of coffee, and the newspaper is my idea of Sunday perfection.

HOW TO MAKE BELGIAN WAFFLES

I love an easy breakfast recipe and this one fits the bill.

First, sift together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.

Next, separate your eggs.  

Lightly beat the egg yolks with the milk, melted butter, and vanilla.  Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.

Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and fold into the batter.

Now you are ready to bake in your waffle iron.

To quote my favorite tv network personality, Ina Garten, “how easy is that?”

Homemade Belgian waffles with fresh berries and whipped cream

TIPS FOR THE BEST BELGIAN WAFFLES

  • Use all-purpose flour and cornstarch.  The cornstarch will lighten the batter and give the waffle a silky texture. Whole wheat or gluten-free flours will change the texture of the waffle.
  • Allow the melted butter to cool before mixing it with the milk, eggs, and vanilla.  The melted butter provides the buttery taste and that yummy, crispy exterior.
  • Whip the egg whites and carefully fold into the batter.  This will make the waffles light and fluffy. Believe me, it is worth the effort.  The Tastingtable.com has a great article on how to fold egg whites into batter.
  • Use melted butter to grease your waffle iron.  Not only will it add to the buttery taste of the waffle, but it will help it to brown and crisp on the edges.
  • You can make the waffles in a traditional or Belgian waffle iron.  The Belgian waffle will have the deep pockets and be thicker than the traditional iron.

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In a large bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and cinnamon. In a small bowl with a fork, beat the egg yolks and whole milk together. When the melted butter has cooled, stir into the milk mixture. Stir in the vanilla. In a medium size bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Be careful not to over mix the batter. Preheat your waffle iron. Pour enough batter into the waffle iron to almost spread to the sides. You will need some space for the waffle to spread while cooking. Cook until golden brown and crispy. Top the waffle with your favorite toppings.

THE BEST BELGIAN WAFFLES


  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 waffles 1x

Description

An easy breakfast recipe, this Belgian waffle is crispy on the outside and buttery, tender, and soft on the inside.


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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ¼ cups melted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. In a small bowl with a fork, beat the egg yolks and whole milk together.
  3. When the melted butter has cooled, stir into the milk mixture. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. In a medium size bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Be careful not to over mix the batter.
  6. Preheat your waffle iron.
  7. Pour enough batter into the waffle iron to almost spread to the sides. You will need some space for the waffle to spread while cooking.
  8. Cook until golden brown and crispy.
  9. Top the waffle with your favorite toppings.

Notes

The waffles can be made in advance and kept warm in a 200 degree oven for up to 30 minutes.
You can also wrap the waffles individually and freeze them. Thaw and warm in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
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Here’s why you should start having a healthy breakfast every day.

It Boosts Your Energy Levels

Ever felt hazy in the morning, despite having a cup of coffee? It’s because you’re low on energy! Skipping your morning meal prevents you from getting the nutrients you need to power through the day. Breakfast gives you the boost of energy, helping you break your overnight fast and refueling for the day.

While having tea or coffee in the morning may give you an instant uplift, you also need to eat something healthy. Doing so ensures that you’re not unfocused or low on energy during the day, and can perform your best. Having breakfast improves your cognition, attentiveness, and concentration.

It Reduces the Risk of Chronic Disease

Breakfast doesn’t only give you a dosage of deliciousness. It also significantly improves your health. Research has shown that skipping breakfast can increase your risk of having type 2 diabetes. Studies have also highlighted that consuming whole grain cereals for breakfast also reduces the risk of type diabetes 2.

In addition to this, eating breakfast is also closely associated with cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, you’re at a greater risk of heart disease and hypertension if you skip your morning meal. Incorporating heart-healthy foods in your breakfast, on the other hand, can boost your cardiovascular health immensely.

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It Prevents Excessive Weight Gain

One of the reasons for weight gain is because individuals tend to skip breakfast and then overeat in the middle of the day. When you don’t eat anything in the morning, your body starts craving food more intensely midday, especially since it wants to break the overnight fast. This compels you to eat bigger portions at lunch.

While this may seem like a balancing act, the truth is, you end up overcompensating for the lack of breakfast and overeating instead. As a result, you’re likely to gain weight much faster and unhealthily. On the other hand, having a balanced diet plan which starts off with a healthy breakfast prevents you from sudden hunger pangs and overeating.

Can’t decide what to have for breakfast? Our food blog will help you solve that dilemma! With our extensive range of breakfast recipes online, your mornings are about to get a whole lot better! Whether you’re in the mood for some spicy roasted red pepper feta dip recipe or would like a smoothie bowl instead, Eats By The Beach is your ultimate guide!

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