I’ve always loved peanut butter – so much so, in fact, that for my 11th birthday I asked for peanut butter as a present. I also really like cookies. Put the two together, and you achieve perfection: peanut butter cookies are heavenly. Unfortunately, they’re also nowhere to be found in the dining halls. To date, I only remember HUDS serving peanut butter cookies twice, and they were a far cry from the melt-in-your-mouth masterpieces found at places like Insomnia Cookies. It’s culinary discrimination. Chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin get their fair representation, but when that peanut-butter-cookie craving strikes, where can a desperate student turn?
They say that desperation is the mother of invention, and this article is about to prove that saying true.
I think inspiration struck one night in Dunster dining hall. Brain break featured a tray of Ranger cookies, a sugary offering to the bleary-eyed students running on three hours of sleep. While Ranger cookies do have strong points, such as their satisfying crunch and slight hint of coconut, they obviously lack peanut butter. I picked up a cookie. My gaze landed on the ever-present container of peanut butter at brain breaks. I smeared a plump dollop of peanut butter onto the cookie, hesitantly took a bite, and…
Sweet, sweet success.
The creamy peanut butter provides perfect contrast to the crunch of the Ranger cookie. It also makes overbaked and dry cookies seem softer, more soothing on the tongue. Both organic peanut butter and normal peanut butter work; since the cookie contains more sugar than is probably necessary, the organic peanut butter will also taste sweet.
Sometimes traditional Thanksgiving desserts need a pick me up. Move over pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie for this amazing frozen dessert that takes two minutes to make and can be just the thing missing from your Thanksgiving table. Fresh, natural, low calorie, and even sugar free if desired, this pie will leave your family and guests wanting you to make it all year long.
1 8oz tub Cool Whip (any flavor or variety! Comes in regular, lite, sugar free, chocolate)
2 small containers of gluten free yogurt (Chobani, Dannon, Yoplait). Best if mixed with berries or other flavors to compliment the Cool Whip
1 Mi-Del brand gluten free graham cracker crust with lid. This can be found at Whole Foods, other specialty natural foods store, or purchased online.
Optional: add a cup each of extra berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries etc). Fresh or frozen both work.
1. In a medium size bowl mix together Cool Whip, both containers of yogurt and berries (if added) to a smooth consistency.
2. Pour entire mixture into the pre-made graham cracker crust. Cover with lid and place into the freezer for several hours or until frozen.
3. Slice and eat!
So simple, this delicious and creamy frozen treat has been at our Thanksgiving table for many years. A gluten free Thanksgiving cannot only be tasty, but a surprising welcome to some of the more traditional desserts!
Summer is gone and fall is soon approaching, but there is still no reason not to have a great easy and summer-like dessert in the fall! Popsicles have been around since 1905 when a young man named Frank Epperson left soda, water, and a stick in a cup outside on a freezing cold night. He awoke to a frozen pop that he coined the “popsicle.” Many years later and 30 flavors later, the orange creamsicle was born. The creamsicle flavor is orangey, creamy, refreshing, and brings us back to our childhood memories of the ice cream man, the beach, and happy summer days. This recipe for Orange Creamsicle Yogurt Bites is so easy to make, is 100% gluten free, and can be done in a dorm room with only a microwave and refrigerator. You will think you are eating a creamsicle on a stick!
1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt (Chobani, or another gluten free brand)
1 (3 oz) package orange jello
Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners to fill all spaces.
Combine yogurt and orange jello in a microwave safe bowl.
3. Mix well and place into microwave on high for two minutes, stirring after each minute.
4. Fill each cupcake liner about ¼ full.
5. Place into refrigerator until the cups are set.
6. Remove from liners and enjoy!!!
**Optional topping suggestions include whipped cream, any type of candy, and marshmallows.
I hope you enjoy this summer-like treat any time of the year!!!