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Delicious chocolate mess: flourless Ghirardelli peanut butter cookies

Flourless peanut butter cookie with Ghirardelli chocolate.

Flourless peanut butter cookie with Ghirardelli chocolate.

That Ghirardelli chocolate square looks like a messy blob on top of that cookie, but you can’t go wrong when you combine the flavors of peanut butter and chocolate.

I came up with this random recipe when I saw all the chocolate I had left from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Baking it with what was already in the kitchen appealed to the lazy baker in me.

(Related: Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival in San Francisco leads to sugar overload for good cause)

Flourless peanut butter cookies work because they only require a few ingredients, they’re easy to make and they turn out deliciously. They taste like genuine, flour-included cookies, and breaking off the edges of the cookie and dipping them in the melty chocolate center made the treat even more scrumptious.

It’s my own sloppy twist on the peanut butter blossom cookie (I’ll bake the chocolate inside the cookie next time!)

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Click here for the original flourless peanut butter cookie recipe, courtesy of Food Network/Claire Robinson. The following is my edited version, including personalized notes and suggestions:

All the ingredients you need for the recipe (I omitted the salt).

All the ingredients you need for the recipe (I omitted the salt).

Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter; 1 cup sugar; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract;1 large egg

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until it is well combined. The mixture may look a little grainy due to the sugar, but no worries: the cookies will not tasty grainy.

Spoon a hearty tablespoon of the mixture and ball it up in your hands. Set each mound of mixture about 1 inch apart from each other on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten the mounds by using the tines of a fork, making a crosshatch pattern on the cookies. Place a Ghirardelli mini in the center of each cookie.

Bake until golden around the edges, about 12 minutes, turning the position of the sheet halfway through baking. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them rest for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

 
 

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival in San Francisco leads to sugar overload for good cause

So. Much. Chocolate. A sample of brownies from Arizona-based Fairytale Brownies.

So. Much. Chocolate. A sample of brownies from Phoenix, Ariz.-based Fairytale Brownies.

I never thought I would say this, but here it goes: There is such a thing as too much chocolate.

I discovered this after my visit to the 20th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, which easily brought out thousands of chocolate lovers to Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. For my $40 ticket, I received 15 chocolate samples, as well as 12 additional samples from the event’s chocolate and wine pavilion. I definitely got my money’s worth.

My stomach was not happy with me afterwards, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to try sample upon sample of rich, sweet chocolate creations from more than 50 vendors along the San Francisco Bay.

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, which also featured a chocolate school and ice cream eating contest, benefited Project Open Hand. The San Francisco-based nonprofit provides healthy, nourishing meals to thousands of Bay Area residents battling serious, life-threatening diseases. For more information, call (415) 447-2300 or visit www.openhand.org.

Check out the gallery of some of the treats I saw and tasted on Sunday, Sept. 13.

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in baked goods, chocolate, dessert, food

 

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