This cookie is part brownie, part buckeye - and a completely decadent treat that friends and family will ask for again and again. Made from a simple dough and filling, it can be formed to look several ways. We think it looks cute with a little peanut butter peaking through the top, but the mostly enclosed look (as seen above), makes the filling a lovely surprise.
A mixer is a must for this recipe, which makes about 18, 3-inch cookies.
This lovely, tender cupcake is sure to be a family favorite - with or without the sweet-and-salty frosting. Made from overripe bananas (the browner, the better), the banana flavor really comes through. The cupcake has a lighter texture than banana bread, but is a little more dense than typical cake.
We topped it with a cream cheese and dulce de leche frosting. This gooey confection can be found in the Latino section of most supermarkets, sold in cans. You could also make your own from cooking down sweetened, condensed milk.
For the banana cupcakes
The cupcake recipe was adapted from one found on Handle the Heat.
This is a terrific cake to use when you have some seasonal fruit you'd like to use. We made ours with peaches, but you can use figs, pears, apricots, plums or any firm fruit that would look pretty studded across the top.
We halved the recipe below to make the cake in a loaf, with just two average-size ripe peaches. We also added a little extra peach jam, just because!
This recipe was adapted from one by Joy the Baker.
ingredients & EQUIPMENT
This is the traditional, not-so-healthy, Ohio recipe for buckeyes. If you're not familiar with them, they are a confection consisting of a sweet peanut butter center dipped in chocolate. Buckeyes are made to look like the inedible nut of our state tree, a member or the horse chestnut family. They're also the mascot of our local college team, The Ohio State University Buckeyes.
These are served at Ohio State football game tailgates and holiday parties everywhere - and there are never any leftovers!
The chilling, dipping and re-chilling takes a while, so plan on doing this over two days. There's nothing that says you can't sample the filling, though! This recipe makes about 48 buckeyes.
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