Focusing On What Really Matters With Fluffernutter Chocolate Puddles

17 Jul

Sometimes we all get so caught up in our to-do lists that we lose track of what’s really important. I’ve always struggled with separating the things that I need to do from the things that I want to do. FOr years this has been a constant source of self-inflicted angst. For instance, in high school I would always shoot for the highest A I could get instead of simply being satisfied with a 90%, I used to feel a need to check in with each of the blogs that I read on a daily basis to make sure that I didn’t miss out on anything, and I always tried to publish the greatest possible number of posts here on ModernAlice per week.

While these may be characteristic qualities of perfectionism, a few weeks ago I decided that I wasn’t going to let my goals derail me from simply making the most of every moment and living a bit more spontaneously. Some people may call it slacking off, but I simply call it reevaluating my priorities. Spending time fully focused on my friends, family, and boyfriend is my greatest priority, and I am making sure that my habits and time distribution reflect that.

What this means for my blog is that I may be blogging less frequently and with fewer step-by-step pictures of my baking projects. It also means that when I go out to dinner with my family, I will focus more on the conversation than on snapping blog-worthy photos in hopes of turning a meal into a blog post.

Now back to the cookies….

Goose and my incredible younger sisters helped me whip up these cookies and this recipe was one of my first baby steps toward more spontaneous, relaxed baking. The recipe is pretty simple and adaptable, so this is a great place to start relinquishing my kitchen control.

I baked these cookies twice last year and got rave reviews both times, so instead of spending precious time searching the internet for recipe inspiration, I wanted to share this delicious stand by with you. It combines a slightly healthier peanut butter cookie base with ooey gooey marshmallows and a decadent chocolate glaze. What’s not to love? These are a snap to whip up and a great way to show the people in your life that you care.

This ooey gooey cookie is the antitheses of light and delicate Parisian macarons. It’s a purely American mishmash of beloved flavors: salty peanut butter, sugary marshmallow, and rich chocolate. The cookies are perfect in their imperfection. What matters most about cookies are how delicious they taste, not how beautiful they look. Allow the marshmallows to deform as desires and the chocolate to spread or drizzle however it wants, and simply embrace the puddles of deliciousness.

Fluffernutter Chocolate Puddles 

Adapted from Bakegirl

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown  sugar
  • 
1 egg
1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows (or you can use minis if you prefer)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate (chips, bars, or chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk (or heavy whipping cream if you want a thicker glaze)
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, then set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the baking soda, salt, and flour. Set the dry mixture aside.
  3. Combine the egg and both sugars in a medium bowl and whisk until the until the mixture becomes pale yellow. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Spray the measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring out the peanut butter, then use a spatula to combine.
  5. Add the flour mixture from step two to the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  6. Roll the cookie dough into balls, then slightly flatten them and place the disks on the parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 5-7 minutes.
  7. In the meantime prepare the chocolate glaze by placing the butter and chocolate in the bowl of double boiler. Occasionally stir the mixture, then once it’s almost entirely lump-free, whisk in the milk. Set aside.
  8.  Remove the cookies from the oven and lightly press a large marshmallow (or 3-4 small ones) into the top of each cookie and bake for another 2-3 minutes so that the marshmallow softens.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 2-3 minutes. Use a fork to lightly drizzle or a spoon to drop the chocolate onto the cookies.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool on baking racks for as long as you can wait, then enjoy!
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12 Responses to “Focusing On What Really Matters With Fluffernutter Chocolate Puddles”

  1. Amy July 18, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    I really can relate to how your’re feeling. I’m the complete same sometimes, and this has made me feel much better! Thanks, hehe, and all the best! :)

    • ModernAlice July 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Thank you so much Amy! I think a lot I bloggers have at one time or another felt torn between their obligations to their blog and their regular life.

  2. silverscreenings July 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    What’s not to love about these cookies, indeed! Brilliant idea.
    I applaud your decision to focus more on the important things – and people. Your life will be so much richer…but you already know that. :)

    • ModernAlice July 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank you do much! Watching some of the movies you review with my movie-buff boyfriend is one of my favorite ways to spend my time!

  3. robert July 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Sara, please feel free to take as many pictures as you like when we dine; it’s nice to have our meals memorialized !
    love
    Dad

    • ModernAlice July 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      Aww, thanks Dad! I can’t wait to take pictures of our bites on vacation.

  4. Cindy n July 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I loved your post and your new found commitment spend more time enjoying your life and the people who are fortunate enough to be part of it. And the cookies are really yummy too!

    • ModernAlice July 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks momma! Maybe I’ll make a variation with a coffee base for a mocha Marshmallow cookie

      • Cindy July 21, 2012 at 8:02 am #

        Sounds yummy!!!

  5. sani panini July 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Looks amazing!! And sounds just as tasty!

    • ModernAlice July 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      Thank you! I think the gooey marshmallows may be the very best part!

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