Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Dark Knight's Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites: Say that five times fast!

Decadent The Dark Knight Rises-inspired goodies!

I have a confession to make: I'm a total Batman geek. Seriously, when I was little, I used to watch that old-school 90s cartoon. Back then, I just thought it was a fun Saturday morning activity, but looking back, I've come to appreciate that particular show for its dark, yet strangely compelling/intelligent undertones. Of course I've seen most of the film versions, (before the Christopher Nolan series, my fave was Tim Burton's vision, simply because I loved Michelle Pfeiffer's campy send-up of Catwoman). All that being said, the latest installments have all been pretty fantastic, too! This brings me to the latest chapter about our hero, (and sadly the last one directed by Nolan): I finally got to see The Dark Knight Rises today and it was spectacular!

I won't spoil anything for those of you who haven't seen it. All I will say is go see it now, seriously! 
Christian Bale is positively stunning in the role (and dreamy too of course) and the rest of the cast does a phenomenal job as well. Now on to this week's recipe: Decadent Dark Knight Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites, phew that's a long name, *wipes brow*. I got the recipe from Ms. Betty Crocker, no copyright infringement intended!

I will say that I made the peanut butter cookie dough from scratch as well as the brownies: I opted to use dark chocolate in the recipe, which can be found here at Better Homes and Gardens. I only made 1/2 of the dark chocolate brownie recipe, and trust me, I still have plenty of extra brownies left over!

On another note, I feel like it wouldn't be right to speak about this movie without mentioning the awful tragedy in Aurora. Some friends and I were talking last night about how shameful it is that a place where people essentially go to dream was violated so senselessly and horrifically. I'm not going to mention the name of the person who committed this heartless and heinous act because frankly he doesn't deserve any more media attention, but I will give some love to this link:

Five Ways You Can Help the Aurora Shooting Victims Online:

Now go enjoy a little dark chocolate yumminess while you help some sweet people out. Cheers to you for doing your part, and also to Mr. Nolan, (and Mr. Bale)! Thank you for bringing this incredible story to life: I for one enjoyed every minute of it! ;0)

Love Always,

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cinnamon Coffee Cake, (if you're in L.A., go see The Egg Play)!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake for the fantastic cast and crew of The Egg Play
Hello lovelies! This is my first attempt at baking a coffee cake from scratch. I found the recipe on this baking diva's blog after I googled "yummy coffee cake." The picture from her blog looked the most scrumptious, so I took a chance: totally glad I did because she's a genius! Here's the recipe. No copyright infringement intended, this is all the work of one fabulous Mrs. Christy:

NOTE: I used 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, because let's be real: an extra teaspoon of vanilla goodness never hurt anyone.  I also nixed the walnuts, and might be adding some semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batch I make for my co-workers.

Why did I choose coffee cake you ask? Well, let's just say that some amazing, talented people, are embarking on the very first tour for their new theatre company, (some former fellow SMUers are involved so hollaback)! These amazing, talented people also probably need to keep their energy up while working on/performing said touring show, so I figured that I would give them a sweet treat to help them do just that! It also helps that a key ingredient in the recipe is in the play's title. So, if you're in the L.A., you should see Transient Theater's inaugural show, The Egg Play.  You can buy your tickets right here:

Oh, and you should jet set on getting those tickets! The show leaves LaLa land after Monday for its next destination and you don't want to miss it! Peace, love, and happy baking/theatre-going!

Love Always,

P.S. R.I.P. Ms. Sylvia Woods, Queen of Soul Food. This cake's for you! 

The late and great Ms. Sylvia Woods' answer when asked about her secret ingredient to great soul food, (but I think this is the key to any kind of meaningful work so I thought I would share): "a little of this and a little of that and you mix it all together. But a whole lotta love has to go in it. If you don't have that, you have nothing at all."

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Breaking Bad Chocolate Chip Cookies, yo!

I know it's been forever and a day since I've updated, but I promise you the wait was worth it. For this post, I present you with *drumroll please* Breaking Bad Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Jesse would love these and probably share them with Mr. White because he's just cool/sweet like that
Yes, I already know that I have a Breaking Bad-inspired recipe on here, (see the Breaking Bad Derby Pie Tartlets post from a couple months ago). What I also know is that after an agonizing wait,  Breaking Bad returns tonight on AMC for its fifth and final season. If you haven't started watching this show, get on it: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are so incredibly gifted at bringing Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to life. The rest of the cast is stellar as well and don't even get me started on the writing...seriously, too many cliffhangers to count!

For those of you who are already on the bandwagon, (or for those looking for a non-traditional cookie recipe) celebrate with a little Pinkman-inspired cookie love: the secret ingredient once again is chili powder. If you're a newbie, you'll understand this once you start watching the show, *hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge*! It gives the chocolate flavor a little bit of a kick. If that's not your style, you can just nix the chili powder and go for good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies, (but come on, try it, yo)! For this recipe, I got some help from Betty Crocker. Here's the chocolate chip recipe I used straight from the website, no copyright infringement intended, this is all Betty!

NOTE: I used 1 full tablespoon of vanilla extract because I love that stuff! I also added 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of Mexican Chili powder. I also opted for not adding nuts to the cookies, but I'm sure they would be equally good in this recipe!

I had to bake these cookies for a few minutes longer than the recipe called for: just make sure you take them out of the oven when they're still golden brown. If you keep them in there, then they could burn, and that would be bad news bears! Now go bake these and get ready for the last season: I'm sure it's going to be a twisted and amazing ride!

Check out the show's official page on AMC's website for more info:

Happy baking/watching everyone!

Love Always,