Writing, Health, Food, Family

Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

So I made these recently from a recipe on Instructables

I was worried they wouldn’t turn out, like so many of the other nifty recipes I find on the Internets, but no need. (The sous vide salmon from that guy who wrote the really expensive cookbook, on the other hand, was a freaking DISASTER and I will write about that some other time).

Basically, you take two Oreos per cupcake cup (24 total), smear peanut butter in between, and then top them with brownie mix. I used Ghiradelli brownie mix and natural organic peanut butter, though I think the peanut butter was too dry; maybe use Jiff or one of the shelf-stable ones with added sugar (it’s softer)

I took the advice of a commenter and dipped the Oreos in melted butter first. Yes. A heart attack waiting to happen.

Then you bake for 20 minutes and it’s super easy and they look like this:

]See, even in unnatural light with a camera phone they look pretty darn good.

They only make 12. I took them to book club (where we were reading a book about natural eating, ha ha) and I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough, but I cut them in half because they’re very rich. They got demolished. I still had some left so the kids got them. Definitely not an everyday thing, and not something I would make unless sharing with a large group.

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  1. Jim KABLE's Gravatar Jim KABLE
    January 31, 2012    

    Dear Margaret – I was house-sitting for friends (now in a kind of semi-retired state) in Sydney (130 kms south of where I live – on the Pacific Ocean just south of Newcastle) and meeting up with a kinsman (who spent 20 years in Japan – in Tokyo) as opposed to my own 16 (in far western Honshu) when I found your book “How to Be an American Housewife”. Brava! Moving, sensitive – and with a lovely sense of irony making it a truly pleasurable read. I kept turning down corners of pages when I thought I wanted to make some particular observation to you – the author. I had a pen-friend from Miyazaki when I was 13 (now 62) still a friend – though nowadays we speak in Japanese – a language I took up in my 40th year to teach at junior high level – then went off to Japan hoping to develop fluency in the tongue as well as the culture. The post-war occupation for Australians – who controlled the Hiroshima-ken region – plus HQ in Tokyo – meant that at its close (1952) over 600 Japanese wives accompanied their husbands back to Australia (the true death-knell to the iniquitous so-called “White Australia Policy” we had suffered with from 1901. Solrun HOASS made a movie/documentary “Cherry Ripe and Green Tea” in which she focussed on four of those brides: including Chiaki FOSTER – who became a friend via a distant cousin’s wife Midori – who lived in the same town. Midori – in one of the twists of fate (serendipity) which convinces me there are not six degrees of separation but a mere one or two – was a best friend in high school in Miyazaki of my pen-friend Mie! And her husband – whom I did not know then – was just a year or two ahead of me at Tamworth High School! Four years ago (some four years after Chiaki’s death) I was visiting a friend teaching in a middle school in that town (700 kms from where I live – though then I was on a visit back from Japan) – we were friends from our time in Japan – he invited me along to his Japanese classes as a special guest. After receiving and answering questions in Japanese I opened it up to questions in English. One little girl (then about 15 – now at university) asked me why I had become interested in Japanese. I told her of my pen-friend – of my cousin’s wife – in that very town. Who? she asked, quick as a flash. I told her. She was a friend of my grand-mother. It was now my turn to narrow the eyes: Who is she? Chiaki FOSTER! Oh, my goodness! And so I told the whole class about Johana’s grand-mother – interviewed on National radio/part of that seminal documentary! Your book raises so many memories for me – it rings with absolute verisimilitude – with the clarity of truth! I won’t go on much further! Just two things. I found in Yamaguchi-ken (where I lived for 14 of my 16 years) a true paedagogical hero YOSHIDA Shoin (1830-1859) – in whose name I established an International Paedagogical Fellowship (in 2004); and in 2009 (March 20~April 20) I walked the entire 1200+ kms of the 88-temple pilgrimage route around Shikoku. My farewell to Japan. Which I miss every day (my friends/students/colleagues – the very essence of it all). Again I say to you – Brava!

    • January 31, 2012    

      Thanks for sharing your story, Jim! Wow, it’s funny how small the world is– I don’t think I’ve experienced that many “2 degrees of separation” so often. I’m glad you read it and liked it well enough to write.

      • Jim KABLE's Gravatar Jim KABLE
        January 31, 2012    

        I meant to tell you that the house-sit was just recently – last December – leading up to Christmas – but it was only this week that I got to read the book, finishing yesterday! The thing about coincidence is that if one has lived widely (and long enough) and is open to conversations with people – and throw in enough connective clues within a continuing conversation then it is sure to reveal itself. Guaranteed! Two other maxims I found in Japan: (a) Buddhist ~ “The World is a Mirror” sekai-wa kagami - 「世界は鏡」(Golden Rule equivalent); and from a 16th century Zen Tea Ceremony Master ~ “One Time, One Meeting” ichi-go, ichi-e 「一期一会」(any meeting is important – first time/every time – don’t waste it in trivialities)

        I met an aspect of you through your beautiful book – now via your blogs – what you had to tell the reader was too important a message for me to simply put aside once read without responding. Hence my letter. In this way I hope I do honour to all those friendships I have with Japan/Japanese connections. Thanks Margaret.

        Yet one more thing (the continuing conversation thing) One of my father’s aunts married a Canadian Air Force man in Sydney towards the close of World War II. They returned to Alberta (my uncle’s father was a noted Social Credit MP in the National Parliament in Ottawa). Then my uncle (by marriage, mind) took up studies – taking his Masters and PhD in early genetics – living and teaching in Montana, Portland, Oregon and later in the south-west (Arizona). They were LDS. A several times great grand-father of my uncle was Truman Osborn ANGELL the architect of various LDS Temples including the beautiful structure in Salt Lake City. I have many cousins scattered across the States – the world even – of that connection. Sometimes I would engage young US LDS missionaries in Japan in conversation in the street of the city where I lived – and inevitably – given the former polygamous nature of that church – find some family connection. I was raised in another fundamentalist US-based Protestant sect so I understand via that something of feeling different/separate – in the world but not of it – though I let it go in my late teens. In Japan I had friends of many Buddhist sects – stayed in many temples, attended many different kinds of ceremonies – good people living generous lives of service to their communities and parishes. And I became a very good friend of a Shinto priest – who made me an honorary member of his Shrine. A religious way without scriptures – but guiding stories – protection of the environment, ritual ceremonies to mark the seasons – a listening ear – the beating heart of that city! I was privileged.

  2. January 31, 2012    

    Sounds delish. Right now I’m on a gluten free, supposed to be!, diet and I’m really trying. Not eating bread and rarely a cookie. Or two.
    Also cutting out sugar because mine is high. What a drag. How can I be me without that sugar high that keeps me going.
    Caffeine is cut nearly to 0.
    I have one cup of coffee in the m orning on a good stomach day. Otherwise it’s tea.
    Enjoy the good stuff while you can as long as you can. As for me I miss donuts the most.
    Will share this recipe with my daughter. The triplets and their little bro will love them.
    Blessings!

  3. February 2, 2012    

    Just finished reading your American Housewife book. I read it in 2 days, could not put it down. Thank you for not much “language” and leaving some things to the imagination. :) I loved this book and looking forward to your next one. Will be talking about this book on my blog. Thanks again.

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