I deserved a freaking mouthful of these after the crazy day I had on Monday.
After lucking out at Hobby Lobby (they had Christmas stuff lining the aisles already–WTF!?), Ross and a cute local consignment shop that typically has good clothes on the cheap, I reluctantly showed up to TJ Maxx, wondering if it was even worth my time to browse the usually picked-over aisles of clothes and dishes.
TJ Maxx is one of those stores where half the time you go, you leave hauling dollies of bags worth of merchandise out to your car, and the other half of the time you leave there empty-handed thinking about all that time you wasted looking through useless, weird junk.
Well, Monday they had good stuff. Like lots of good stuff. Cute shoes in my size, adorable Betsey belts, purses on sale and dresses(!!) that were long enough for my freakishly long torso and legs. I spotted an adorable polka dot 50′s style number and a pretty blue lace dress and raced to the dressing room, already planning outfit ideas in my head for the both of them.
Everything was fine and dandy and I basically looked like a FREAKINGADORABLE Mad Men outcast in the polka dot number, so I eagerly stripped down and climbed on into the lace dress.
I zipped it up the back and modeled around in it. The cap sleeves were a bit too snug and made me look like a linebacker shoving into lace. And the color (at least under the garish lights) began to look like a faded periwinkle but not in a cute way, so I decided against it and began to unzip.
…until it wouldn’t unzip anymore.
…until I was alone and stuck in this atrocious dress.
Naturally, I did what any right-thinking person would do and began panicking. My body got sweaty, including my hands which didn’t help for the anxious, frantic fumbling around for the zipper that somehow got lodged at the base of my bra. I tried to wiggle as I struggled with this now lace-coffin dress that was slowly strangling me, threatening me “you WILL buy me. I WILL NOT come off that easily. You think you can outsmart a discount dress, don’t you? Well think again.”
Also, I have conversations with dresses, but usually it’s NBD since usually the dresses and I are insta-BFFs and the dress isn’t threatening my LIFE.
I considered walking out to the fitting room attendant to plead for help, but seeing as I had half the zipper down and didn’t want to expose my back and bra to half the store–yes, even in the name of my life–I decided to keep calm. I closed my eyes. I breathed deeply. I chanted some dress-voodoo hexes and hoped I’d be saved.
And then, miraculously, my fashion prayers were answered and I was freed. I didn’t even break seams! Afterwards, I basically hurled the dress to the fitting room lady, mumbled something about the devil possessing discount lace dresses, and thanked my lucky stars that I was purchasing a cute polka dot dress with no zippers.
And then I came home and baked cookies because I’m a baking blogger and we always make cookies for no reason. What’d you expect?
These cookies are inspired by my real-life BFF Dorothy and the amazeballs Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookies she posted last week for her hubby’s birthday. I actually had the pleasure of eating one–so buttery, salty and perfectly chewy–and knew I wanted to use the base of her recipe to make these Deep Dish Biscoff Peanut Butter Chip Cookies. I know, I know. I wanted to make sure y’all knew what this entailed.
The results? My sister, who adores blondies and only blondies, said “these outdid the blondies.” That’s saying a lot. But if that means nothing to you, they’re just in-your-face awesome. And I bet if they had to, they’d totally beat up bully lace dresses for you.
Deep Dish Biscoff Peanut Butter Chip Cookies *inspired by Dorothy’s recipe HERE
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup Biscoff spread or cookie butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla bean paste (can substitute vanilla extract)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 bag (about 1 & 1/2 cups) peanut butter chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally (and I mean it!) grease a deep dish cookie pan* (also known as a “muffin top pan”) with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, biscoff, and sugars until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Lastly, beat in the salt, baking soda and flour until a thick dough forms. Stir the peanut butter chips in by hand.
3. Drop about 2 heaping Tablespoons of dough into the greased cavities of the pan; press down to fit lightly. Bake cookies for approx. 9-11 minutes or until golden brown on top and edges appear set. The center may still look gooey, but that’s okay–do not overbake. Allow the cookies to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before gently removing to wire racks to cool completely.
4. Store cookies airtight at room temperature for 2-3 days. Makes about 12 deep dish cookies.
**Note: You can find this type of pan HERE or you can use an “ice cream sandwich pan” (which is what I purchased on clearance) HERE. Personally, I like my pan because it has 12 cavities so I can bake more at once. The grid pattern isn’t even noticeable on the bottoms of your cookies, so no worries.**
So here’s the breakdown: deep dish cookies that taste buttery and brown-sugary like a blondie with that rich Biscoff flavor, studded with vanilla beans and sweet yet salty peanut butter chips, baked until juuuuust slightly underdone for that perfect gooey, chewy bite. I’m in love.
I hope you have a wonderful day!!
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