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Black Sesame Seed Peanut Butter Cookies, round 2


This was the second time I’ve made these cookies, and again, they were cute and delicious. This time I made them a little larger, but kept the recipe the same. Even with the increase in size, they still had those lovely crinkles on top after baking, which is maybe my favorite part (but really, there’s so much to love in this one little round cookie!). As a super-peanut butter-fan, I couldn’t stop eating the dough, and then the baked cookies. I also heard that some non-peanut butter-fans couldn’t stop eating them either. So that just proves that they are GOOD, and besides that they are easy and gluten-free and pretty looking, and all of that makes them extremely hard to resist. Yum.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake


This is a week of birthdays (for me, this means that it is a week of non-stop baking!). So, in the next few days, you can look forward to many new recipes and photographs as I get around to posting them. We started celebrating early, and ate incredibly decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake on Monday to celebrate three of our birthdays together. My dear friend Zoe put in the flavor request, and she certainly got what she ordered! A three-layer fluffy dark chocolate cake, with creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting and filling, and sinfully dark peanut butter-chocolate ganache poured over the top. While it is all of my favorites (peanut butter, chocolate, and cream cheese frosting) rolled into one, I still thought the cream cheese-peanut butter combination would be a little weird…But then I thought about it, and realized how silly that was. Obviously it was good. The sweet and salty tastes combined were out of this world! We sat around eating the frosting by itself for awhile, before realizing that we should save some to eat on top of chocolate cake, where it would also taste great.

This recipe is heavenly and heavy and definitely my favorite cake that I’ve ever made! It was really hard to stop eating it. I got the recipe from Deb at Smitten Kitchen, and am so grateful to her for posting such an amazing dessert! I adapted her recipe for the frosting and the ganache to make them vegan, but substituted the basic Chocolate Cake recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking in for the cake layers, so that it would be a bit lighter than the sour cream chocolate cake that Deb used. It was still moist and definitely over-the-top rich!



Black Sesame Seed Peanut Butter Cookies


These cookies taste just like peanut butter, so make sure you have some pb fans around before making them! The black sesame seeds lend themselves to a more sophisticated presentation and because they get toasted in the oven during baking they add a wonderful roasted crunch to every bite. This is definitely more “adult” than your typical peanut butter cookie.


1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp. Ener-G Egg Replacer, blended with 3 Tblsp. warm water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tblsp. coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
5 Tblsp. black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350┬░F.
Beat together peanut butter and sugar with an electric mixer until combined well, about 2 minutes. Beat in blended Egg Replacer, vanilla, coconut flour, and baking soda until smooth.
Place sesame seeds in a shallow bowl. Roll level teaspoons of dough into balls, then roll in seeds to coat. Arrange balls about 1 inch apart on 2 ungreased baking sheets.
Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through, until puffed and cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.


Holiday Cookies


Chocolate-peppermint sandwiches:


Rum balls:


Decorated stars, dreidels, menorahs:


Assortment, including pecan balls, peanut butter cookies, thumbprints, rum balls, chocolate & peppermint checkerboards, gingersnaps, chocolate-peppermint sandwiches, orange balls, decorated dreidel, and almond-poppyseed spirals:


Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut butter cupcakes with strawberry jelly inside, and chocolate generously drizzled over the tops



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