Joy the Baker’s Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

joy the baker book

I said a while ago that I was going to rely more on my cookbook collection rather than the internet for recipe inspiration. Err, that didn’t happen too often. Oops. But I’m ready to recommit to this plan. Now I have extra motivation–I’m relocating in a few months and I won’t be able to take most of my books with me. Sad! I’ll have to make good use of them while I can.

I have a not-so-secret love for the Joy the Baker blog, as well as Joy’s podcast. (I also have a not-so-secret OBSESSION with podcasts in general. It’s a sickness, really.) Ironically, I’ve owned Joy’s book for a while now and had only made one of the recipes. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that all her recipes are sinfully delicious, and I’m convinced I won’t be able to stop myself from inhaling it all. But last month I decided to give this book the attention it deserves and made a few more of the recipes.

So far, my favorite has been her Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies. They are to die for. And, though far from being healthy, I like that they don’t have flour. It’s nice to switch it up in the kitchen like that, you know? They’re the perfect dessert for dudes, too. Well, who doesn’t love peanut butter and bacon?! Oh yeah…my vegetarian friend with a peanut allergy. But everyone else will love them, so go make a batch now!

Peanut butter bacon cookies


The 2012 Ice Pop Project: Milk and Cookies

This is going to sound totally crazy, but I never tried the classic milk and cookies combo until just a few weeks ago. As an overly mature kid, I dipped rich tea biscuits in my coffee. But never cookies in milk. Man, I have been missing out!

I was explaining this to the boyfriend and ex-roomie as we were eating my last batch of ice pops on the balcony one night. Then it came to me. Milk. Cookies. Ice pops. It was happening.

I’m a total psycho and baked my own batch of cookies from scratch to make these, but feel free to get store-bought chocolate chip cookies, or experiment with other cookies. (Milk and Oreo ice pops?!) But here it is. A super simple ice pop for my fellow cookie addicts.

Milk and Cookies Ice Pops
Makes 4 servings
About 200 calories

2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
4-8 chocolate chip cookies depending on size, roughly torn into large chunks

Warm the milk in a small pot over a low flame. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Drop a few pieces of cookie chunks into your ice pop molds and fill them up half way with sweetened milk. Add a few more cookie chunks into each mold and fill the molds to the top with milk.

Chill in freezer for at least 4 hours.