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Easy PBJ Muffins – An Anytime Treat

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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PBJ MuffinsNo time for a cake for Mother’s day –  well these Easy PBJ Muffins are the answer for a breakfast in (or out of) bed on this special day.

You don’t have to be a kid to love peanut butter and jelly. No matter what your age, these PBJ Muffins satisfy that craving. It is important to use jam or preserves in these muffins as the jelly has a tendency in the heat of the oven to run out. The thicker jams and preserves stay put.

This easy, straight forward recipe for PBJ Muffins takes minutes to make and freezes well for an anytime treat! Continue reading

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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No Bake Peanut Butter BarsThese No Bake Peanut Butter Bars are quickly put together and just as quickly eaten. These can go on a picnic or serve as dessert for an outdoor dinner. If you love peanut butter cups these are a bigger, better version. These No Bake Peanut Butter Bars fall into the ridiculously easy category and are great for something to do with the kids department.

I will be demonstrating these Thursday, June 2nd on KMOV-TV’s Great Day St. Louis at 9:00 a.m.
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Better Than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Peanut Butter CupsToday was TV day on KMOV TV’s Great Day St. Louis.  This was my 4 minute segment.

Every once in a while I get a hankering for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So recently I had one. I don’t know if it was me or if the formula was changed but it seemed gritty and not at all smooth like I remembered it.

So I set out to capture the taste I remembered and low and behold, I think it’s better! And not only better, but really, really easy. For ingredients for the peanut butter and two for the chocolate. So there’s no excuse for not making these Peanut Butter Cups.

The small paper liner cups can be found in grocery stores, party stores, and kitchen stores. They need to be small and just fit the cups. It is ok if they rise slightly above the cups. Continue reading

Snicker-Ama – A No Bake Super Treat

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Snicker-amaI honestly don’t remember when I came up with this Snicker-ama Tart, but I was sure happy I did.  It has several steps but half have to be done the day or several days before if desired.   it is the perfect dessert for a summer celebration when you don’t want to turn those ovens on.

My book, “European Tarts, Divinely Doable Desserts with Little or No Baking” is based on tarts made in 9″ or 11″ quiche pans with removable bottoms. ET Book coverWhile of the same general idea, this is a deep dish tart that is as easy as it is spectacular. Even the piped topping is as simple as it is pretty.  Remember, I’m the one with no talent with a piping bag so it has to be easy! Continue reading

Cookie Pops

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Finished Photo of Cookie PopsWhat could me more fun than a cookie pop – a peanut butter cookie on a stick?  How about a peanut butter cookie with a snicker’s bar inside on a stick?  When I first opened my retail shop, there was a construction crew in the area and we absolutely couldn’t make these fast enough.  As soon as the bakery sent over a case, we had to order another.  From a children’s party, to a shower, to tailgating, these fun treats fit in anywhere with children and adults alike.

The rounded sticks for the snickers can be found at craft or hobby stores.  Popsickle sticks work also, but it is harder to seal the dough around the stick.  These cookies couldn’t be easier.  Fun size snickers, peanut butter cookie dough, a few sticks and your have it.

To measure the flour, stir the flour in the container, then spoon it lightly into a dry measure until it is overflowing if not weighing.  Sweep off the excess with a spatula or the backside of a knife.  Do not tap the measure down to level it as this will give you more flour than the recipe calls for.  Brown sugar is nothing more than white sugar coated with molasses.  The more molasses, the darker the sugar.  Because of this, it is fluffier and has to be packed into the measuring cup to obtain the proper weight or measure.  It doesn’t make any difference if  you use light, medium or dark.  We used medium.  Room temperature butter is about 72 degrees.  Don’t let the butter get mushy soft or runny. Continue reading