Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I honestly believe that peanut butter is one of the things that makes the world go round (sorry to those of you who are allergic). It has always been one of the staples of my diet growing up. There were peanut butter sandwiches (no jelly), peanut butter patties (also known as Tagalongs), I put peanut butter on my oreos, peanut butter chips and cups on ice cream, and just peanut butter on a spoon to lick as a snack. But strangely, I never really had peanut butter cookies.

So on one of my days off from work, I decided to try the ultimate peanut butter cookie. These cookies are gluten-free, flourless goodness. This means they’re pretty much pure peanut butter and sugar which is fine by me. They’re very crumbly but in the most delicious way. They are super easy and quick to make as well.

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Cupcakes for Two

I’ve been wanting to try this cupcake recipe for a while now because it removes the issue of having dessert enough for a party when it’s just you wanting something sweet and cakey. I dont’ have any “progress” photos because these are just that easy to make! The cake is moist and very vanilla flavored. I think the simplicity makes them all the better. It’s a step above doing a mug cake in the microwave and pulling out something that’s worthy of Cupcake Wars. Okay, it’s closer to the mug cake.

Note: I didn’t make the cupcakes in the ramekins, but that could be a fun way to serve them, if you have tiny ramekins of course.

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Stuffed Crust Dorm Pizza

So I’m back at college and back in the baking game! That means things are going to get a lot more simplistic and even more sporadic than my current posting has been. I did break my arm in a cycling accident in August and am just starting to be able to lift things so that’s why the severe absence. It has been driving me absolutely nuts to not be able to cook or take photographs. But now that I’m (almost) all better, it’s back to the kitchen for me.

This awesome recipe is my first failed attempt at the recipe column that I was (am?) going to have in the newspaper but there was confusion of subjects and what should the recipe be and alas, it didn’t happen. It also didn’t help that I was in Rochester for the weekend visiting the boyfriend. But visiting someone on a floor full of 18-year-old boys turned out to be helpful – an infinite number of taste testers.

I had thought “dorm pizza” would be a good starting point for writing college dorm recipes because, besides ramen, pizza is pretty much a staple. At least at Ithaca, the dining halls close super early and I frankly can’t afford to order pizza every time I miss that window of edible opportunity. I have seen pizza recipes using tortillas but I thought those would be too thin alone, hence the “stuffed crust.” Really it’s more of a quesadilla with pizza toppings but it is still delicious. Adding the cheese in between the tortillas gives it an illusion of having a thick crust while amping up the cheese flavor without adding so much on top that it becomes a solid heavy mass after cooling.

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