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3-ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s a confession.

My obsession with peanut butter knows no bounds. Here’s another confession: the cookies you’re about to read about are so, SO bad for you. That being said, I never qualified Snack Attack as “healthy” snack blog, right? I said quick, easy, yummy, and cheap. So here we go.IMG_3430

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg. Yes, that is all.

You’ll also need a stirring spoon, a small bowl, a measuring cup,IMG_3434a cookie sheet, and an oven.

So how do we turn three basic ingredients into scrumptious cookies? Let’s find out.

  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Next, combine all your ingredients, stirring vigorously. IMG_3435
  • Grab your cookie sheet (you may want to spray it with non-stickspray or line it with parchment paper.)
  • Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and put them on the cookie sheet a few inches from each other.
  • If you want to get fancy, flatten the dough using a fork, pressing down first vertically, then horizontally to get the lined pattern as shown.
  • Pop those babies in the oven for 6-10 minutesIMG_3436 (it depends on your oven – but they are best gooey and not overdone.)
  • Eat up! These are so flavorful and so sugary. As could be expected.
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Super Cheesy Skillet Quesadillas

Here’s a confession.

This is what my fridge look like right now.

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Yep, not much in there – so I had to get creative with a few staple ideas I always have on hand, namely cheese and soft tortilla shells. I went with one of the easiest, most filling snacks I know how to make: skillet quesadillas.

Here’s what you’ll need: IMG_3411

  • A skillet
  • Cheese of your choice, grated or sliced
  • Two soft tortilla shells
  • Mexican seasoning (totally optional, I decided not to use it this time)

Steps to yummyness:IMG_3412

  1. Place a tortilla in your skillet and play cheese Tetris.
  2. Let the tortilla heat up until you can see the cheese start to melt.
  3. Add your second tortilla on top and squish the two together.
  4. After about 30 seconds, flip the tortilla over to make sure you melt the cheese fully and get both sides crispy and sufficiently brown.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 30 seconds (I didn’t, and burned myself. TYPICAL.)IMG_3414
  6. Cut the tortilla into chip-size pieces.
  7. Eat up! I savored mine with black bean & corn salsa, so that I could pretend I’m an adult who eats vegetables – but who am I kidding? Sorry, mom.

 

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Instant Brownies FTW

Here’s a confession.

This is probably THE first snack I have made for this blog that has gone without a hitch. The only reason for that is that I’ve made it before – several times. This snack is quickly becoming a go-to. Chocolate, microwaves, easy ingredients I already have, no dishes afterwards? Yes, yes, yes and YES.

I’ve tried different versions of the microwave brownie, but you can find the inspiration for this one here. It took me a grand total of three minutes, and that’s only because I was pausing to attempt some artsy fartsy photography to document my success.

You’re only three minutes away from a stellar new snack! Here’s what you’ll need.

  • MicrowaveIMG_3384
  • Traditional size mug
  • Spoon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butterIMG_3386IMG_3392
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Salt

Let’s do this!

  1. In the mug, combine water, melted butter, salt and vanilla.
  2. Add cocoa powder, stir.
  3. Add sugar, stir.IMG_3395IMG_3396
  4. Add flour, stir.
  5. And voilà, you’re done! Pop it into the microwave for 60 to 90 seconds, depending on how fugdy you want your brownie. The longer it cooks, the drier it will be.
  6. Eat up! The steaming hot brownie is fantastic doused in milk, or topped with vanilla ice-cream. You’re welcome. IMG_3398

P.S. Mom, I PROMISE I’ll clean my microwave sometime this weekend. Don’t look too close!

P.P.S. HOW CUTE IS MY SNOWMAN MUG?!

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Snack Hacks – Friday Link Love

Today, you get something new: links to my very favorite snack hacks. These are some of the best tricks to getting out of a boring food rut and turning a basic into a bedazzled “BAM” snack. I could copy all these recipes and show you my take on them, but sometimes, it’s impossible to make something better – as demonstrated below.

  • THIS. Fruity Peanut Butter dip, for those of you who like to drench healthy things in not-as-healthy dips because, hey, taste matters.
  • Grilled cheese has never looked so good – here’s how to turn your plain old same old sandwich into a pizza-flavored one packed with punch.
  • Turn a fruit into a bite-sized dessert: Ziploc’s uber easy recipe involves bananas, chocolate and sprinkles. You can’t say no.
  • Baked egg in an avocado – the perfect morning pick-me-up. Why didn’t I think of this?
  • Upgrade boring blueberries to a frozen yogurt dessert in two easy steps. Addiction guaranteed – you will not be able to get enough of these little guys.
  • Twenty three ways to use an ice cube tray that involve things more interesting than water. Guys. You can make mini cheesecakes in an ice cube tray! I. Am. Losing it.
  • Also… how to make an ordinary apple into a, uh, swan? Because apparently some people are into this.

Happy snacking!

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Microwave Caramels

Here’s a confession.

I didn’t think this would work. 6-minute microwave caramels? Yeah, right. Way too good to be true.

My skepticism comes from a deep-rooted resentment of caramel. Growing up, I swear I would burn myself on caramel apples EVERY fall. Two weeks ago, I tried to make some myself, and it was a disaster. But in case you were wondering, crystallized sugar smudge tastes pretty good, actually. But back to the topic at hand – this did actually work. That doesn’t mean the caramels turned out perfect. I mean, would this be Snack Attack if they had? They’re definitely not as solid or brown as they should be, but they taste good. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – ugly stuff tastes good.

Here’s what you’ll need (and this week, it’s ALL bad for you. Go cholesterol!!)

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  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

You’ll also need:

  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Glass dish
  • Measuring spoon
  • Stirring spoon (I know, I know, I forgot to photograph half of this stuff.)
  • Oh – and a microwave.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  1. Measure and combine all ingredients.
  2. Microwave for six minutes, taking the mixture out of the microwave every two minutes to stir.
  3. After six minutes, stir again and poor into a dish. You can either grease it or use parchment paper. My assistant (who shall remain unnamed) wasn’t an expert with parchment paper, so we ended up with this masterpiece. Oops.
  4. Let cool until solid, then eat up. You can also sprinkle the top with sea salt for extra deliciousness.
  5. The linked recipe recommends to cut the caramel up and wrap it in wax paper, then store in an air-tight container. But did I do that? Uh, no. That would imply actually being able to cut it.

Photos below, because, you know, WordPress blog formatting HATES ME. Special note for my professor: I tried, Inman. I really tried.

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Back to our regularly scheduled programming: this snack is delicious, fast, cheap and easy. The true stuff of Snack Attack. If you feel fall cravings coming on, I would recommend this. Although I did manage to burn myself on this stuff, too. Is nothing safe?

 

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Pizza Bagels are the Bomb

Here’s a confession.

I really do try to eat healthy. You can typically catch me popping grapes like potato chips or munching on cereal bars. I don’t buy junk food. But I have my vices! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Twix bars. French pastries. Cheesecake. Seeing a pattern? I have a sweet tooth. Pizza is my exception, but it doesn’t fit our criteria of cheap, fast and easy. (Unless we’re talking about the frozen kind, and that doesn’t count.) Fortunately, the internet has come up with a solution: pizza bagels. This is the answer to all of your problems. This recipe comes to you courtesy of The Frugal Girl, but a quick Pinterest search will provide you with a zillion options.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bagels (I went with plain, but if cinnamon raisin pizza sounds good to you, I will not judge.) IMG_3262
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza sauce
  • Oregano and Italian seasonings (optional, depending on the pizza sauce you use.)
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven (micro-waving the bagels would probably just reduce them to a smoosh. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that smooshy pizza is bad news.)

Now for assembly!

Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 350IMG_3266

Step 2: Toast the bagels. I found that this added crispness to the snack and helped it stay hot, because it is in the oven for such a short time.

Step 3: Spread pizza sauce all over the inside of the bagel.

Step 4: Add pepperoni, then optional spices, then sprinkle with the desired amount of cheese. IMG_3268

Step 5: Pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you want them. (If your oven is a complete piece of JUNK, like mine, it might take you 10 minutes rather than 5. Not that I’m bitter.)

Step 6: Remove from the oven, let cool for about a minute, then dig in!

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I love that this snack opens the doors for so many different possibilities and variations. You could copy any kind of pizza and make it work on a smaller scale. Sausage, veggies, anchovies, even dessert pizza! There’s that sweet tooth again.

Speaking of sweet tooth.. wait till you see what we’ll be making next week.

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Smoke, Smells and Smooshy Apples

Here’s a confession.

I almost set my house on fire the other day.  I have a favorite candle that has burned down to the wick. Since I refuse to throw it away until every last bit of wax is gone, I’ve taken to putting it into the oven at a low temperature and letting it become completely liquid so I still get the aroma, even though I can’t burn it. The trouble is, I always forget the candle in the oven. On wednesday, I decided my oven was disgusting enough to necessitate the Tchernobyl-like self-cleaning mode, where the oven goes to such high temperatures that the grime on the inside is essentially burned off. See where I’m going with this? Yeah. I forgot the candle in the oven. For a half hour. On self-clean mode. What clued me in? Hmm, I don’t know, was it the smell of burning glass, or the HUGE billows of smoke coming from my oven? You can’t make this stuff up. I opened every window and turned on all five fans, and I still had to leave the house because I couldn’t breathe or see from the smoke.

All that to say, this is the recipe that finally rid my house of the smoke smell. It’s good stuff. Also – no more burning my candle in the oven… it’s charred and black. Embarrassing.

The following can’t even really be considered a recipe, it’s that easy. My mom used to make this when the temperatures got cooler, and I’ve always wanted to replicate it, so I made up my own measurements and hoped it would work. If you know how to boil water and slice apples, you can make this. In keeping with my promise for a seasonal snack, we’re going to be making something I like to call smooshy cooked apples. It’s better than it sounds, guys.

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:IMG_3218

  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • Apples (as many as you want and any variety, just remember that apples shrink by about half as they cook.)
  • 1 tbsp of sugar (If you’re using a tart apple, like a Granny Smith, you may want to use more sugar.)
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg (as much as you want, I like to use 1 tbsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of nutmeg)

 

 

You’ll also need:IMG_3211

  • Wooden spoon
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife

 

 

 

 

Now for the quick and easy steps.

  1. Fill the pot with 1 1/2 cups of water and set burner temperature to high.IMG_3223
  2. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the water.
  3. Core and slice your apples. Halves, quarters, eighths, it really doesn’t matter. You can also peel them, if you’re one of those people who hates peels. I kind of like the texture they add to the snack, so I chose to leave them on.
  4. Once the water is boiling, add the slices of apple and the butter to the pot and adjust the heat to medium high.
  5. Stir the ingredients and make sure the apples become coated in spices.
  6. Cover the pot, stirring occasionally, and let apples cook until they’ve reached desired smooshyness. (Yes, that’s a word now.) I like to let mine cook for 12-15 minutes so they’re approaching applesauce texture, but anything goes. You can also add spices while the apples are cooking if they look like they could use a little more flavor.
  7. Eat up! The apples don’t need to drain or cool off, they are best when they are piping hot.

 

 

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This is what you should end up with:

A pile of smooshy browned apples that look like dead leaves but taste like heaven. Trust me on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I ate mine inside rolled-up homemade french crêpes – SO. GOOD.

 

 

 

If you want to hear about more things I burnt to a crisp (or read a snack recipe – but that’s secondary, let’s be honest) come back next friday!

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