5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Picture making cookies on a Tuesday night. Can you? Or is baking such a production in your mind that this doesn’t quite compute? With these 5 ingredient peanut butter cookies, you don’t need a special occasion to flip on the oven.

Simple 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Well, that’s because you’re not relying on miracle ingredient peanut butter. You may think you already understand peanut butter’s glory, having made peanut sauce or eaten a “bread-free PB&J” right from the spoon. But until you’ve seen how a cup of creamy peanut butter can turn into a batch of cookies, you haven’t admired the nut’s full range.

Of course, even peanut butter needs a little help. Here, we measured out brown sugar, an egg, baking soda, and chocolate chips in addition to the creamy spread.

Close-up of Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips
5 ingredient peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips

That all gets mixed together, a process that’s not nearly hard enough to warrant the use of an electric mixer (phew!). Formed into balls, the dough looks a whole lot like regular not-five-ingredient cookie dough.
And then: bake! These only take about 8 minutes to turn from dough balls into bona fide cookies, so even if you’re hesitant to turn on the oven, you can have freshly baked cookies without turning the kitchen into a sauna.

Bonus! If you care, these are gluten-free. Also, though we like using creamy peanut butter – but if all you have on hand is crunchy, the cookies will still be wonderful.

Recipe for Simple Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

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How to Make a Fancy Crudite Platter

Crudite platter

A crudite platter done right is a work of art.  It’s one of our favorite ways to display the season’s harvest, and surprise our guests with the gems we found at our local farmer’s market or specialty store. Plus, it’s our secret weapon for holiday hosting – it’s light, it doesn’t require any coveted oven time, and it has the potential to be really impressive without very much work.

Prepared Fruits and Vegetables for Crudite Platter

But without some advanced planning, the crudite platter can look like a sad grocery store veggie tray.  So this holiday season, we’re advocating to apply the fancy cheese plate mentality to the crudite platter, and make it your cocktail hour show-stopper!

crudite platter with fruit and vegetables

Read on for the crudite cheat sheet that will help you create holiday hors d’oeuvres that may just steal some of the (Instagram) spotlight from the main event! 

Crudite Platter Ideas

  1. Add color! When you’re buying your veggies and fruits, think not just about having a diversity of flavor but having a diversity of color on your board
  2. Put contrasting colors side by side.

  3. Use unusual vegetables and fruit! Try jicama, blood oranges, or heirloom anything
  4. Blanche or even cook some of the vegetables. Blanche Broccoli, cauliflower, or snap peas. Roast cherry tomatoes on the vine

  5. Keep the greens on for an extra pop of color. Try carrots and radishes for contrast
  6. Cut things in interesting/ delicious ways. Don’t keep broccoli or carrots too large. Peel and then slice oranges into wheels.

  7. Add height with various sized bowls and platters
  8. Check your pantry for some add ons: Try nuts, dried fruits, honey, olives, jared bell peppers, or cornichons .
  9. Arrange it on a wooden cutting board or platter – everything looks good on wood.
  10. Garnish with beautiful things: use herbs, edible flowers or pretty greens, or even fennel fronds to garnish.
blanched vegetables for crudite platter

Share your holiday hosting tips and tricks below!

Make Instagram’s Favorite Dalgona Coffee (Whipped Coffee) at Home

Blue Apron Chef Emily Ziemski is using her time at home to explore her love of iced coffee. Check out her recipe for whipped coffee below.

Dalgona Coffee
Whipped coffee

Personally, I’m an ‘iced-coffee-in-all-seasons’ person. No inclement weather can deter me from my true love. I’ve been spending roughly 1,000 hours a day on Instagram lately, and all that scrolling alerted me to a new way to consume iced coffee: extra fluffy. Dalgona—or whipped—coffee has been popping up on my feed left and right. This trendy beverage originated in Macau. Its name is supposedly attributed to its likeness to Korean sponge candy.

What is Dalgona Coffee, aka Whipped Coffee?

In short: it’s gorgeously caramel, fluffy, and sweet—perfect for an Instagrammable quarantine treat. Bonus: It can be made hot or cold. Even though you need to start with hot water to melt the coffee crystals, after it’s whipped it can be finished over cold milk and ice. 

In an effort to create the perfectly fluffy cup of dalgona coffee, I tried a few different methods of whipping: hand whisking, blender, and shaking in a mason jar. Hand whisking proved painful and fruitless. After what felt like forever, I was left with a tired arm and just a few bubbles in my coffee. The blender was so powerful that it kept everything liquefied. It was like using a sledgehammer to shape pizza dough! I eventually turned to my cabinet go-to: a mason jar. A good shake in the mason jar yielded the whipped coffee I was looking for. The coffee had soft-peaks, but still provided the hefty creaminess beloved by the internet. The whip will last overnight, so feel free to make in advance or save some for a nighttime treat.

Dalgona Coffee (Whipped Coffee) Recipe

  • 2 Tbsps instant coffee (I used Bustelo)
  • 2 Tbsps sugar (can be brown, granulated, sugar in the raw, coconut, etc)
  • 2 Tbsps hot water 

Using a hand mixer, milk foamer whisk (for the fancy folk!), or a mason jar, whip all ingredients together for 3-4 minutes. This is no joke! It is a WORKOUT. 

Dalgona Coffee (Whipped Coffee)
Just look at that fluff

Want a cookie to go with that coffee? Try this easy shortbread recipe.

Creating Personal Goals Instead of Giving Up On New Year Resolutions

January starts with a burst of cold air and a wave of promise. Everywhere you turn, people are making resolutions to read more, eat better, and be their best selves. Come February, the excitement has worn off and old habits have crept back into our daily lives. This year, instead of setting your New Year’s resolutions aside, try taking a moment to reevaluate and to turn them into personal goals. 

Personal goals vs. New Year’s resolutions 

eating together outside

New Year’s resolutions have a deadline: you must conquer them within a year. Personal goals, on the other hand, can always be a work in progress. That means that it doesn’t matter so much if you slip up in February, as long as you remind yourself why you care, and keep working towards your goals in the long term. Personal goals should be achievable and full of wiggle room. It’s not about passing or failing, it’s about creating the life you want little by little. 

To get you started, here’s how five writers are thinking about their personal goals for this year. 

Anne Mauney from fANNEtastic Food

My personal goal is: Get fresh air every single day 

I find that getting outside, even if only briefly, makes a huge difference in my mood and mental wellbeing. Even if it’s just a quick walk around the block, fresh air always leaves me feeling refreshed and more able to tackle the rest of the day. Before covid started, I was always getting out in some fashion, but now with being home all day and working from home I found there were a lot of days where I’d never make it outside, and it really left me feeling bummed out. Getting outside, no matter how gross or cold it is out, is a simple and free thing that I can do every day for an immediate mood boost.

Hitha Palepu

My personal goal is: To re-evaluate my relationship with alcohol

I had gone into this resolution when the nightly glass of wine had already become two glasses, and was starting to become 3. My body needed the break and to establish a new relationship with alcohol. Reading the book Quit Like A Woman taught me a lot. I’ll be continuing Dry January for the foreseeable future without an end date in mind. 

Instead of pouring a glass of wine, I’ve been making a CBD-infused mocktail to mark the end of work. I’ve also been taking more baths as well!

Katherine Younger from Kath Eats Real Food 

My personal goal is: Replace bad habits with good ones 

I believe that our everyday habits create the foundation of our health, so I am trying to incorporate as many good habits into my days as possible, such as getting 8+ hours of sleep, having a salad for lunch or dinner, cooking as many of my meals from real food as possible, and reading a little each day (and many more!) I’m also working on some of my less-than-ideal habits like being a little too dependent on my phone and technology, multitasking less and focusing more, and not having too many glasses of wine each week 😎

What I have learned is that habits do not change on their own. And it’s easier to add than subtract. Instead of trying to eliminate a habit completely, the transition is easier if you replace it with a new one. So instead of saying no drink at all at 5:00, I’m trying to stock my fridge with healthier options, like kombucha or tropical seltzers, to sip while I cook.

Gina Harney from The Fitnessista

My personal goal is: To read more books this year

personal goal to read more books

To make this goal more specific, I decided to read three books each month: one related to personal development, one fun/fiction book, and one related to fitness or wellness in some way.I checked all three boxes for January!

 Moving forward,I’m counting audiobooks towards my goal. I have already discovered how easy it is to listen to audiobooks while doing chores,  things around the house, or while we’re on neighborhood walks. It’s a great way to multitask and learn while you’re doing other things. 

Grace Atwood from The Stripe

My personal goal is: To eat more vegetables

personal goal to eat more vegetables

So far, this is going really well! I have been having a green juice every morning, and I love BA’s Wellness menu. It’s a great way to sneakily get more veggies. 

So far I have learned that getting your vegetables doesn’t have to be boring. The tilapia with garlic and olives on a bed of chickpeas and tomatoes and spinach felt SO hearty, but it was also packed with vegetables and good for you ingredients.

Now it’s time to try it for yourself! Take a look at your New Year’s resolutions. If you haven’t already conquered it, try adjusting it to make it into a goal you can work towards year in and year out.