I feel like it's taking me forever to finish blogging about my holiday cookies, so I'm going to cover two cookies in this post. First, Shauna Sever's Buckeye Bars. This recipe is somewhat easy to miss in Midwest Made; there is no photo and the recipe starts towards the bottom of a page. But I am so glad I gave it a try.
They are no-bake bars. The base layer is a mixture of graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, melted butter, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and salt. You spread it into the bottom of a parchment-lined pan and chill it briefly until the mixture is set. Then you spread on a layer of chocolate with a little peanut butter melted into it, sprinkle on some Maldon salt, and chill the bars until firm.
Second, I was also quite happy with Sarah Kieffer's Pan-Banging Triple Chocolate Cookies. They are made with butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, water, vanilla, flour, Dutch-process cocoa, salt, baking soda, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. I made the cookies slightly smaller than I usually do for a pan-banging cookie; I used a #20 scoop and got 22 cookies from a batch. I didn't get much rippling with my smaller cookies, but I thought that they looked great and they were still plenty big.
Recipes: "Buckeye Bars" from Midwest Made by Shauna Sever, and "[Pan-Banging] Triple Chocolate Cookies" from 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer.