Day Thirty-Five


Friday seems like such a long time ago!  I’m having trouble remembering what we even did.  It doesn’t help that I only took three pictures.  I know we had a chocolate taste-testing session in the beginning of class.  We tasted unsweetened chocolate, dark chocolates, semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.  I liked everything, but the dark chocolate was way better.  I didn’t even mind the unsweetened chocolate.  

We piped these little logs out of whipped butter and milk chocolate.  I think they’re called “Butter Masses”.  We’re going to cut them up and roll in powdered sugar.  I’m pretty sure. 

We also filled some chocolate shells with a pistachio-white chocolate mixture.


I’ll have better picture/details tomorrow on what we’re up to.  I must have been day-dreaming on Friday.

Oh, I know why I was so distracted.  It’s official!  I won the Grapes from California contest, thanks to you guys!  Thank you so much to everyone who voted!  I really, really appreciate it.  I’m still in shock.  I’m grateful for the money since school and living in Chi-town has been so expensive.  I owe you all.  Big time. 

Also, I’m retiring from voting contests.  I’ve said this before (my mom is rolling her eyes at me), but seriously.  I’m done. 

I made cookies to celebrate. 

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These are Honey Roasted Peanut Butter & Raisin Cookies.  They’re kind of similar to my peanut butter & jelly macaroons!  What we have here is peanut butter-honey cookie dough with raisins and chopped honey roasted peanuts stirred into the mix.  They’re very good; I took them into school and have been snacking on them during my break.

I know a lot of people don’t like raisins though, so if you don’t, leave out the raisins and add chopped chocolate.  Honey Roasted Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

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Honey Roasted Peanut Butter & Raisin Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup coarsely chopped honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup raisins or chopped chocolate

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, honey and vanilla until creamy - about 2 minutes.  Beat in egg until combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined.  Stir in peanuts and raisins until combined. 

Chill dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet.  Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes 1 dozen big cookies   4139461872_75e0ba4862_o_thumb


  1. Well done for winning the contest! That must have been a lovely surprise.

    The cookies look amazing, not sure which combo is best. Love how thick and substancial they are

  2. I'm so happy you won the contest! Still enjoying your class adventures. Keep up the good work!

  3. Congratulations on your Win!! That's fantastic.These cookies look delish. Can't wait to try them, with chocolate instead of raisins.

    1. Eric preferred the chocolate cookies. :)

  4. congrats on winning the contest!!! you deserve it! :)

  5. I'm so glad you won! Vote-based contests really take years off your life, so you're making a good decision.

    1. Oh no kidding! You have no idea. I lost so much sleep over that contest! I lost a lot of hair, too.

  6. congratulations, emily!!!! you deserve it. i made sure i spammed everybody to vote for you :)

  7. Congratulations on your win, Emily! So happy for you!

  8. Congrats on the contest love!

    I'm majorly enamored with these cookies. Love how plump they are!

  9. Congratulations on winning the grape contest :) And the cookies look great. I love raisins!

  10. Yay you won! Honey roasted peanuts are great idea for cookies! How do you find out about all those contests by the way? I bake and cook so I'd really love to try something like that.

    1. They're great in cookies! I use It's $25 a year. You should definitely enter some contests! Just google recipe contests and you can find a lot of free ones.

  11. Awww, congrats on winning the contest!! Well deserved. :)

  12. That would definitely distract me too. Congratulations darlin!!!!