Pantry cleaning

With the combination of preparing to go home for break and the time I’ve been devoting to finals, I haven’t been too keen on grocery shopping. Instead, I’ve been focusing more attention on cleaning out the pantry β€” And my meals have definitely shown signs of desperation.

Breakfast:

Consumed: 1/3 C oats cooked with 2/3 C water and sprinkle of cinnamon. Stirred with one grated carrot, sugar-free syrup and topped with vanilla almond granola.

Lunch:

Consumed: Kashi frozen meal of “Veggie Chana Masala” served with a slice of whole-grain bread.

Snacks:

Consumed: Sugar-free vanilla skim latte. A unpictured graham cracker and dark chocolate square.

Dinner:

Consumed: Whole-grain Annie’s mac ‘n’ cheese and side of mashed potatoes (all shared with Dan).

The nutritional value of my meals obviously got progressively worse throughout the day… Note to Mom: I want vegetables! But, I was successful in cleaning out my pantry.

I guess that was also my excuse for making some cookies…

I mean, what else was I going to do with a nearly empty jar of peanut butter and can of cocoa?

Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookie:

  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 3 T light soy milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 3/4 C whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 C + 2 T cocoa
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt

Filling:

  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 2/3 C powdered sugar
  • 2 T light soy milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/4 t vanilla

Directions:

  • For cookies, in a large bowl combine oil, apple sauce, sugar, honey, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • In a smaller bowl, sift together flours, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in three sections. Place dough in refrigerator to chill.
  • Make the filling by stirring together peanut butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. If it’s too dry, add a little more milk. If it’s too wet, add in a bit more powdered sugar.
  • Lay out a sheet of parchment paper. Shape peanut butter filling into small balls, about 1 t in size.

  • Get the chilled cookie dough out of the fridge. Grease cookie sheets. Liberally flour hands and set a little more flour aside. Roll the dough out into 1/2 T-sized ball. Flatten into little rounds. Be sure hands are well floured β€” Dough is sticky! Place the cookie rounds on the cookie sheets and set a peanut butter ball in the center of each cookie.

  • Continuing to keep hands well floured, purse the cookie dough up around the peanut butter ball. Then, roll it in hands to fully envelop the peanut butter ball with the chocolate cookie dough.

  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for five minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

In other words, now the pantry might be empty, but my stomach certainly isn’t…

Questions: What is your favorite kind of candy?

I am a sucker for Reese’s, which is why I love these cookies! But, I’m also a fan of M&Ms… Hmm, next project?

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