Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Pops

Yes, this weekend, I turned my favorite cookie dough into a cookie dough pop (aka cookie dough without the raw eggs). Why risk salmonella when the dough tastes just as good without the egg? I also turned the normal cookie dough pops into pumpkins for Halloween. I hope you give these a try and enjoy them as much as I do.

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup oatmeal, ground up in a Cuisenart
1/8 - 1/4 cup flour (depending on how firm you want your dough; remember it is going to be eaten cold so it will firm up more once it is put in the refrigerator)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (chopped)
1/2 cup butterscotch chips (chopped)
2 bags orange chocolate appeals
1 package of green tic tacs (or white ones that are dipped in green chocolate)

1. In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, and packed brown sugar (make sure you really cream it together because if you don't, the sugar might be grainy).
2. Add the vanilla, oatmeal, and flour. Mix until well combined.
3. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
4. Roll into balls. Place the popsicle stick into the ball (if it gets to cold and you try to put the popsicle stick into the cookie dough ball, it will crack). Refrigerate until firm.
5. Melt the chocolate in a double broiler or melting pot.
6. Remove the stick. Dip into the melted chocolate; place the stick back in the cookie dough.
7. Place back in the refrigerator until the chocolate gets hard.
8. Dip the pop into the chocolate. Gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl until all the excess chocolate has come off (do not tap the stick as it will likely knock the cookie dough off the stick). Stick the tic tac in the top to make the pumpkin stem.
9. Place the stick into a Styrofoam block. Once done dipping them, place back in the refrigerator until dry. Once dry, decorate and package.

Decorating tips: If you have an edible writing pen, you can make the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.

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