Roasted Peanut Brownie Drops and a Bird Bath

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Oh, yum. Roasted Peanut Brownie Drop cookies were an unexpected wild success for me, even though they came from the Pillsbury Best 10th Grand National Bake-Off Cookbook (circa 1958), and I like the older Bake-Off cookbooks because the bakers often brought time-tested and heirloom recipes to the contest. So I was expecting something pretty tasty. Still, I was surprised by how incredibly good these are. These Brownie drops were a “Bride Second Prize Winner,” and were from a Mrs. Frank Hill. They are soft and chocolatey and full of salty crunchy roasted peanuts. You can make them either with unsweetened baking chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate. Also, they can be made in a saucepan. Very difficult to stop eating these!

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Here is the recipe:

Roasted Peanut Brownie Drops

Melt 1/2 cup butter with three one-ounce squares of unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Thoroughly stir in 1-1/2 cups of sugar. Add 3 unbeaten eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in 1-1/2 cups sifted flour and one cup whole salted, roasted peanuts. Chill dough for two hours. The melted butter and chocolate will cool off and re-solidify.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (or use a small cookie scoop) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in 350 degree oven for 12-13 minutes or until cookies spring back when touched lightly.

Baking notes: There is no leavening or salt in this recipe. Be sure to chill the dough the full two hours before baking. I made the dough before dinner, and baked afterwards. The chilled consistency is very solid, which is why using a small cookie scoop works well here. If you haven’t used parchment paper yet in baking, this would be a good time to try it. Chocolate cookies are notorious for getting easily over baked or burned, but with the parchment, these baked like a dream. If you are not a peanut lover, giant chocolate chips would be good in these. Or shards of white chocolate. These would make the most fantastic ice cream sandwiches!

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Spring is coming. I noticed this cardinal taking a bath in a little puddle–he seemed to be enjoying himself!

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Peace to you! Fran

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First snowdrop of the season!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Roasted Peanut Brownie Drops and a Bird Bath

  1. They look so delicious and that Cardinal does look like he is having fun. It is nice to see him bathing rather than ice skating.

  2. You are not kidding! The male cardinals have been chasing each other around the garden today, and scuffling for territory. Sure sign of spring. Fran

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