Here are 5 things that I know to be true:
1.I think the best time to visit the Caribbean is in the months of May and October because weather in those months is neither too hot nor too cold. The minute November hits, the winds start. I do like the breeze but I prefer the mellow days of May and October.
2. There is so much to do in Virgin Gorda, where my husband and I live. I need to sit down and work on posting some of those places on my blog. Just need to decide which one to start with…
3. I really enjoyed reading “Nigel Slater’s 5 Essentials for the Home Cook” article on thekitchen.com. I knew about the first 4 essentials (and mostly applied) but I never thought about the 5th one:
“Once a week, buy an ingredient you have never used before. You never know what you might discover.”
I thought that it is such a clever idea. What a great way to create recipes with new ingredients!
It is like a home version of the Food Network show “Chopped”. I guess, at the end, my husband will “chop” me if it turns out to be a bad dish.
4. Chocolate or chocolaty deserts never fail as a dessert. 99% of the people I know love chocolate. If I am planning a party or just have a friend come over for coffee, I make sure that I have plenty of good quality chocolate at home. I prefer dark chocolate with nuts. Darker the better.
5. Last night, I enjoyed watching our guests Russell & Phyleta fight for the last Chocolate Peanut Butter Glob that was left in the cookie jar. I know it’s not very nice of me to enjoy people fight but hearing them say that this was the best thing they’ve had in their lives and watching them fight for it was selfishly satisfying.
The funny thing is that I cannot agree more. These globs (not cookies!) are outrageously chocolaty with a ton of nuts that you can enjoy with every bite. The sweet and salty peanut butter chips add even more of a nutty flavor that enhances the taste of the chocolate.
For anybody, who needs an afternoon-pick-me-up, surprise them with these globs.
Oh and do not forget to pair them up with a cup of coffee. I promise they will love you for it.
After all, it is the month of giving thanks♥
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
- 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips, divided
- 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso (or coffee) powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon Diamond Kosher salt
- 1 cup whole walnuts (NOT chopped)
- 1 cup whole pecan halves (NOT chopped)
- ⅔ cup peanut butter chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place the butter, 6 oz. of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a glass bowl. Place the bowl over simmering water and stirring occasionally, melt the chocolates and butter. Once melted, let it cool in room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
- Combine the remaining 6 oz. chocolate chips, walnut halves, pecan halves, peanut butter chips and 1 tablespoon flour in a bowl. Set aside.
- Beat the eggs, espresso powder, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until they are combined. Scrape the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula halfway through to ensure that they mix thoroughly.
- Increase the speed to medium high and add the sugar. Beat it for 2 minutes.
- Decrease the speed to low and add the chocolate mixture and mix it until combined. Set it aside.
- Whisk the remaining ⅓ cup flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Fold it in to the chocolate batter. Do not overmix.
- Lastly, fold the mixed nuts and chocolate chip mixture until they are all coated with the chocolate batter mixture.
- Using 2 spoons, drop rounded amounts of batter 1 inch apart from each other on to the prepared baking pans. Keep in mind that they almost double in their size. Mine were close 2 inches in diameter. I ended up with 12 globs.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Cool it on a rack.
Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust Cookbook Pg: 230