When I was toying with the notion of starting a blog, it was tough for me to pick a name that conveyed what I wanted it to convey. That cooking could be fun. That preparing healthy meals isn’t as insanely difficult as it seemed. And that delicious meals didn’t take hours of preparation.
I originally wanted to do a blog about cooking on the “light” side – but I realized that would paint me into a corner. I have always loved cooking – long before I started losing the weight. That just made it even more fun for me! Now, no fear – a majority of these recipes I have taken the liberty of reducing – but sometimes, you can splurge!
So I landed on this title so that I could have some flexibility.
Last week was the husband’s birthday – so there was a lot of flexibility when it came to our meals. That included pizza from our favorite place.
Also, I may have mentioned before that baking is not exactly my favorite thing in the word. I like playing with spices and flavors, and baking much more, well, scientific. However, the husband loves baked goods! And he loves peanut butter and chocolate combinations. And I love him. And it was his birthday. So I wanted to bake him a special birthday treat!
All of this is to say, I love my husband SO much, that I now present you with a very non-diet friendly baked good. I started on Pinterest, and ended up landing here.
It is, very very naughty. But in the very best way possible. Like seriously, you will want to punch me in the face and then give me a big giant smooch.
Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie
1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
1/2 cup sugar
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 (8 oz.) bag Reese’s mini cups
Preheat oven to 350.
Crush your pretzels and mix with melted butter and 1/2 cup sugar.
Press into the bottom of a pie dish. I covered the bottom and went about 1/4 the way up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar.
Add vanilla and eggs and beat until combined.
Add in baking soda, salt and flour. Scrape sides to ensure everything is mixed well.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Then fold in peanut butter cups.
Mix until well incorporated.
Pour and press into crust as well as you can – as you don’t want to press too hard and break the crust. The heat will allow the “cookie” to spread.
Bake pie for 30-35 minutes. I ended up baking mine for about 40 minutes until set.
Allow to cool before serving.
I would highly recommend throwing some ice cream on top. Because what’s a little ice cream at this point, right?
Enjoy and thanks for reading!