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chocolate shortbead stacks recipeYesterday was Baked Bree’s first birthday.  One year ago yesterday, I was at my best friend’s house to help her out after having her third baby.  Her older children were at their grandparent’s so there were three adults taking care of one newborn.  Not being our first rodeo with a new baby, we had a lot of time on our hands.  It was snowing like crazy and Cleveland was cold for this California transplant.  We were a little shack-wacky.  I was playing around on my laptop and found that I had put some pictures from the previous week on there and they were of my peanut butter pie.  On a whim, I decided to start a food blog.  It was as simple as that.  A few hours later, I had a domain name, WordPress up and running, and my Peanut Butter Pie post published.  And that is how Baked Bree was born.

This is the sweet baby that helped inspire Baked Bree.  Is she not gorgeous?

If I had only known on that February evening how this little blog would change my life, I would not have believed you.  I never in a million years though that anyone would read it.  I thought maybe my mom and perhaps a handful of friends.  But I never imagined that it would afford me so many new friends and opportunities.  I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am for you.  Thank for you for reading and leaving me comments and sending me emails.  I love it.  Every single one.

Peanut Butter Pie is the most popular post (coincidentally, my very first) here at Baked Bree, so I decided to dress it up a little bit for this special occasion.  Happy Birthday!  I cannot wait to see what year 2 brings.

chocolate shortbread cookie recipe

Chocolate Shortbread Cookie (adapted from Dorie)

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 sticks room temperature butter
2/3 powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
3/4 sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

peanut butter pie filling

caramel sauce

salted and roasted peanuts

chocolate shortbread cookie recipeSift together the flour and cocoa powder.  Set aside.

peanut butter pie recipeCream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the egg yolk, sea salt, and vanilla.

peanut butter pie recipeAdd the flour mixture in 3 additions.

peanut butter pie recipeSeparate the dough into two and roll into a log shape.  Wrap the dough in parchment or plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

peanut butter pie recipeSlice the cookies and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Place the cookies in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes.  Cool on a rack.

peanut butter pie recipeI put the peanut butter pie filling in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.  I put a teeny bit of filling on the plate so that it acts as glue and the cookies will not move around on the plate.  Place a cookie on top and pipe some filling.  Do this again.  You should have 2 layers of filling and 3 cookies.

peanut butter pie recipeDrizzle caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle with peanuts.

peanut butter pie recipeMake a wish.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Shortbread Cookie (adapted from Dorie)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 2/3 powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • peanut butter pie filling
  • caramel sauce
  • salted and roasted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Sift together the flour and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk, sea salt, and vanilla.
  3. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions.
  4. Separate the dough into two and roll into a log shape. Wrap the dough in parchment or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Slice the cookies and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place the cookies in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Cool on a rack.
  6. I put the peanut butter pie filling in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. I put a teeny bit of filling on the plate so that it acts as glue and the cookies will not move around on the plate. Place a cookie on top and pipe some filling. Do this again. You should have 2 layers of filling and 3 cookies.
  7. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle with peanuts.
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73 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks

  1. Heather says:

    Happy Birthday!! So glad you took the leap into the blogosphere!! I start my day with a cup of tea and a little Bree. Take time to pause and I hope you enjoy your pie :) This household sure does ;)

  2. Amy says:

    Happy Birthday! I just found your blog the other day while I was looking for a better (not as easy for me to mess up) caramel sauce recipe. I made yours yesterday, and it was wonderful! I served it warm poured over a two pound wedge of havarti cheese. It was so smooth! Thanks.

  3. Happy birthday to baked bree! I love your blog. You write so well and always have awesome recipes to share! This one is no different. Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Caramel are some of my favorite flavors! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Happy blog birthday! Very glad you decided to blog, I love your recipes :)

  5. Colleen says:

    Happy Birthday to BB!

    This looks amazing…I made your pb mousse/choc cake for my son’s 9th birthday…he was in heaven!

    Colleen

  6. Tine says:

    Congrats! Great way to celebrate: an own made cookie tower!
    Looks delish!

  7. Happy birthday! This looks amazing!

  8. Jessica says:

    Happy Birthday! Hurray for 1 year! I sure am happy you decided to blog – I’ve definitely enjoyed your recipes and your style. Great job! BTW, those chocolate peanut butter stacks look adorable *and* delicious. :)

  9. Michelle says:

    Happy Blogiversary!! This looks oh so dangerous and yummy. :P

  10. Joanne says:

    Happy first birthday! I am always inspired by the things that you post and these peanut butter stacks are so creative and emblematic of the goodies you can find on here. Delicious.

  11. I know just what you mean! I’ve been approached on the street by people asking, “Are you little Indiana?”

    Of course, it’s always the days I don’t have on nearly enough make-up and I’m wearing paint clothes and in the middle of some home project and I just dashed out to get more brushes or something. ;)

    little Indiana was a year in the making before my first post ever went live. I wanted to make sure it was something I wanted to stick with and I had lots of reading to do about how to go about it. I make my living blogging/social media-ing for others but I hadn’t ever had to start from nothing! It was quite the process!

    Happy Birthday and Congrats! That PB stack looks great! :)

  12. Sara says:

    Happy birthday! I love your blog. It is Annie’s Eats and Baked Bree first thing every morning! Thanks for all the wonderful posts and keep up the good work!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Happy birthday Baked Bree! Here’s to many more years of baking delights!

  14. Leticia says:

    Happy Birthday…your blog is one of my favorite. I haven’t commented before but I refer to your blog alot. One of my favorite is the Chocolate Banana bread. I need to try t his recipe looks…Delicioso!!!

  15. Laura says:

    Wow, these look divine! Happy Birthday and congrats – you’ve done so well and I never would have guessed that you’ve only been up and running for a year!

  16. corey says:

    Happy Birthday, BB! Here’s to many more delicious birthdays!

  17. Vicki @ WITK says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! I have to say that both Peanut butter recipes look fantastic! I kinda want to eat gallons of the mousse… :)

  18. Tami says:

    Happy Birth-a-versary!!

  19. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday! I love reading your blog and every recipe I’ve made from you has been amazing!

  20. Marissa says:

    Happy Birthday Baked Bree! This looks so yummy! I used your PB pie filling in a yellow cake for a friend’s birthday a while back and it was DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try this version too! :)

    http://www.noraisinsonmyparade.com/2010/11/yellow-birthday-cake-with-peanut-butter.html

    -Marissa

  21. KochFamily says:

    Bree,

    Happy Birthday! I have made several of your recipes now, (garlic rolls most recently and Oh- My- Goodness, delicious!) and have loved them all. My husband has been sweetly commenting how much he’s enjoying my cooking adventures. I hope you have many more happy blogging years and recipes!

    What is your most popular post?

    Laura

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  23. Ruthanne says:

    oooooooh. mah. word!

    I’m drooling. the pictures. the food. i love it. i want it. i added it to my tumblr.

    goodness gracious.

  24. Susan says:

    OMG – cant stop drooling

  25. Becks says:

    Happy Blogging Birthday!! I hope in December of this year I can say the same for my own! I have book marked so many of your recipes! Your PB M&M Cookies were a serious hit for my brother’s birthday last night! Keep those awesome recipes comin!!

  26. jenna says:

    I told myself one child is plenty! After seeing that gorgeous photo of your baby……i want a 1000!!! :) so priceless! you have a wonderful site!

  27. amazing that you’ve only been doing this for a year—you have an amazing blog and i can’t wait to see what’s to come!!

  28. Ruthanne says:

    Hey! Me again. ;D

    Could I possibly use one of these photos to feature you on my blog on Wednesday – What I’m Crushin’ On ?

  29. Kat says:

    This looks delicious! I love keeping up with your blog & it has inspired me to start my own! http://katschoon.blogspot.com/ Thanks for sharing all your great recipes!!

  30. Sara says:

    Yum that sounds amazing! I look at your website every day and you have a gift! Thank you so much for sharing it! I made your mexican chocolate cake for my coworkers b-day and everyone raved about it!! Thanks again! :)

  31. Tiffany says:

    Happy Happy Birthday. I too would have never guessed only a year! Goodness me, imagine what next year will hold. I love your blog, all your yummy recipes, and beautiful pictures. You are too sweet to always answer my mundane questions. Wishing you many more years of culinary success!

  32. Bridget says:

    Congratulations on one year! I really enjoy your blog and photographs so much. And of course I love the recipes–last night I crock-potted a chuck roast, and tonight after work, we’re having the Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches. I’m SO looking forward to them! Thank you!

  33. Jacqueline says:

    Happy Birthday! I’m new to this blog but can I just say that your recipes already have me drooling. Any blog that features a delicious peanut butter/chocolate treat (along with other tasty looking goodies) gets a gold star in my book.

  34. Nichole says:

    “shack-wacky” haha Never heard that phrase before but I’ve suffered from it myself. =) Congratulations on your first blogaversary! It’s a beautiful thing you have going here. I discovered the magic of PB + bananas in my oatmeal at Christmastime & I’ve been on a serious PB kick ever since. And you’ve just given me a perfect example of why it’s nothing I need to get over soon.

  35. wm says:

    Gorgeous baby! Happy birthday!

  36. I’m so glad I found you on your birthday – congrats! This perfect stack looks like the absolute best way to celebrate. :)

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