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MIA…

Hey guys,

Sorry we’ve been away for a while…math meets and the flu have kept us both very busy this week. We will come back with bang this weekend with two recipes – one savory, one sweet – to make up for it, we promise!

In the mean time, check out these gorgeous cupcakes from Jessica at How Sweet Eats!

–S and S

Fudgy Mint Chocolate Cookies

Sunday evening.

Still the weekend, but it comes with so much despair that it’s almost worse than Monday mornings. Almost. Think about it: the prospect of going back to school or work in a few short hours, with too little time to do anything meaningful.

Wait…what? Okay, so your definition of meaningful may not include baking, but ours certainly does. These cookies take all of thirty minutes from start to finish. Just long enough to keep you busy, but quick enough to let you get back to the mindless junk that’s on tv this time ever week. You have the option, of course, to cheer on the Celtics too.

Both of us adore the chocolate mint combo, and what’s not to love about it? The mint has such a bite that’s balanced by the richness and sweetness of the chocolate. And mint green? Hello – one of the prettiest colors out there. << Susanth would like to let you all know that he does not use the word pretty regularly.

These cookies are very chewy and fudgy. Definitely not crisp but not cakey either. (Chewy is the way to go when it comes to cookies. You can argue against that, but be prepared to lose.) The chocolate flavor is very pronounced, but the intense chocolate works so well with the little bits of mint in every bite. 

Make these tonight. Your weekend will be a little happier.

Fudgy Mint Chocolate Cookies
Just barely adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

Makes 18 cookies 

1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup milk
25 Andes mints, chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa, and set aside. Beat the butter on medium-high until light and add sugars, creaming well. Add the vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternately with the milk in one batch, mixing well. Stir in the mint chips. Chill dough for at least 15 minutes. 

Scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet, press down on them slightly, and bake for 15 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely on the cookie sheet, they will set up as they cool – they will crumble if you move them before cooling!

Enjoy!

–Sruthi and Susanth

Easy-to-Make S’mores

Maybe we should rename these easy-to-eat s’mores.

They take about thirty seconds to make, and about seventeen to eat. We would know. These are snacks that are made during desperate times, when all we want to do is open a box, punch in numbers on the microwave, and dig in.

Both of us make them often now, though the idea was originally Susanth’s. Some of you may be appalled that we are not using a campfire to make s’mores, but if you have easy access to a fire pit in your kitchen, please invite us over; we’d love to see it. These taste almost as good, we promise.

The ingredients are simple, and you most likely have all of them in your kitchen right now. Seriously. Go check.

Maria Cookies, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and mini peanut butter cups (optional.) Forget about the sugar, you don’t actually need it.

In fact, these are so simple that we’re not even giving you a recipe. Just follow the pictures!

Take two Maria biscuits (we find these at the Indian store, but I know you can also find them in the Spanish section of your grocery store. We like these better than graham crackers because they don’t soften in the microwave) and arrange some chocolate chips and mini marshmallows on the “bottoms” of the crackers.

You can also use these mini peanut butter cups, which are the best invention ever. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts.

See? Just place three or four on the cracker.

Put your plate in the microwave for thirty seconds or until the marshmallows puff up and the chocolate is slightly melted.

The best part? This:

Enjoy!

–Sruthi and Susanth

Double Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Hello,

So actually, it’s just Sruthi here because…umm…my brother’s allergic to peanuts and he didn’t really help with this recipe. I know, he doesn’t know what he’s missing.

I never ate a lot of peanut butter when I was younger. I didn’t really like the taste and preferred cloyingly sweet strawberry jam to salty nut butters on toast. Yeah, I was not the kind of kid who inhaled PB&J for my elementary years. Once my brother was born, we found that he was allergic to peanuts (and milk…and eggs…and coconut. Luckily those all passed.) That was the end of my peanut butter days for good.

Somewhere along the way, peanut butter showed up again. It might have been in one of the pre-packaged field trip lunches. You know, the ones that taste ten times better than they actually are because you’re starving and all you could think of while looking at old paintings was food? Yeah. Those. This time, I loved it. I couldn’t get enough. The times I didn’t pack a lunch and got the high-quality (kidding) meals at school? Peanut butter. And when I was at my friends’ houses and it was snack time? PB all the way.

For the longest time though , I’d never actually tasted a peanut butter cookie since my mother banned the substance in our house since Susanth was born. It’s also not a sweet that many people seem to make for the public. When I first made these, and I’m not exaggerating, I might have let out a squeal. They’re just that good. I love how the peanut butter keeps the cookies from geting too sweet, which is something I’m picky about.

It is a pretty basic peanut butter cookie recipe, but it’s jazzed up with chocolate chips and chopped up peanut butter cups. So it’s maybe not truly double peanut butter cup. I liked the name, okay? They bake up really soft, but they are chewy once cool. These were a big hit with my friends, and I hope you all love them too.

Another bonus? They’re really easy to make.

Double Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Makes  24 small cookies, or 18 medium

Slightly adapted from here

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
a pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups, chopped
Whole mini peanut butter cups (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet (or two, depending on the size) with parchment.

Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. (This takes about 3 minutes with a hand mixer.) Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.

Add flour mixture and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and chopped peanut butter cups. Roll dough into one-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Flatten slightly with your fingers. If desired, press a whole peanut butter cup into the top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes and cool completely before eating.

Enjoy!

–Sruthi

Welcome!

Hi everyone,

So we figured you stumbled upon us on a random search. That or you’re one of the few people who know us in person. Either way, welcome to our digital home! We are a sister and brother who, along with the regular sibling-ish stuff, love to cook and bake. Our hobby brings us together (except for when we argue about what to make, but let’s skip over that for now) in our kitchen, that is sometimes cluttered with us running over each other – hence the title, Krowded Kitchen. (Umm, you may be wondering about the excessive alliteration. WordPress already had Crowded Kitchen registered. Sorry, don’t mean to be kitschy.) 

We started taking pictures of what we made – like a catalog almost – when our Dad gave us the idea to start a blog. We hope that you’ll find great recipes, creative photography, and even some humor here. We both are looking forward to updating this blog as often as we can. We’re ardent fans of the kitchen, the Boston Celtics, and dessert. We hate vegetables, the Lakers, and each other. (Just kidding! Kind of.) Hope you’ll stop by often!

Yours in sweet and savory,
Sruthi and Susanth 


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