Memories are a funny thing. They can make us laugh and cry and feel angry. They can bring us back to a happy peaceful place. Sometimes our memories are fuzzy and things are actually hard to remember and others are crystal clear.
One of my earliest memories is from when I was about three years old. Yes, I know for many this is very young to have such a distinct memory, but I can vividly remember one Saturday morning, walking up the short stairs to the second level of our little house that we lived in at the time and finding my Mom, in the living room vacuuming and cleaning. As soon as my Mom spotted me, she stopped what she was doing, sat down (on our 80’s style blue floral couch) and pulled me on to her lap. She asked me if I wanted to watch some Saturday morning cartoons. Of course I sheepishly shook my head yes, and was immediately entranced by small blue creatures that lived in tiny mushroom houses. And at that very moment my life was absolutely perfect.
Another random memory from my early childhood, was watching my Mom in the kitchen, as she cut up an entire SNICKERS® bar into tiny bite sized pieces, for a little afternoon or late night treat. SNICKERS® was and still is, my Mother’s favorite candy, and when I was that tender age of three, I always just thought she cut up her SNICKERS® bar into bite sized pieces so she could share it with me. But as I grew older, and continued to watch her meticulously cut up her favorite candy bar, I learned that was just the way she like to enjoy it! 🙂
Recently, when checking out at Walmart, I saw several new flavors of SNICKERS® candy bars, SNICKERS® Extreme, SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares, and SNICKERS® Almond. Instantly I was taken back to that very moment in my childhood… watching my Mother clean the house, watching Saturday morning cartoons together and watching her cut up her favorite candy bar carefully into little bite-sized pieces.
Inspired by those memories and these new flavors of SNICKERS®, I wanted to come up with a special treat just for my Mom. You know, a treat to celebrate life’s little moments and to help curb those morning hunger pains. An extremely indulgent chocolate peanut butter donut, topped with what else, chopped SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares, was the first thing to pop into my head. I mean why not! Who doesn’t love to celebrate the weekend with a big, gorgeous donut and Saturday morning cartoons!
Enough about me! (Smile.)
I would love to hear about your childhood memories!! Please share your favorite childhood moments in the comments below!
SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Donuts
by Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Prep Time: 20-25 minutes Bake Time: 10 minutes Wait Time: 10 minutes Yields: 6 donuts
Chocolate Cake Donuts:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup whole milk or buttermilk
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoon butter, melted
Peanut Butter Glaze:
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoon milk
1 (3.56-ounce) package SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares, chopped
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. Use a paper towel to lightly wipe off excess spray. Set aside.
For the chocolate cake donuts: In a large bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl stir together milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
Transfer the batter to a large piping bag or gallon sized plastic baggie with one corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each donut hole about 2/3’s of the way full. Alternatively, use a spoon to spoon the donut batter into the prepared donut pan.
Bake donuts for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow donuts cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the peanut butter glaze: Warm peanut butter in a large bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds. Whisk in the powdered sugar, vanilla and 1-2 tablespoons milk, whisking until smooth. Add additional milk or powdered sugar to reach desired consistency. Spread peanut butter glaze evenly on top of each cooled donut. Top glaze with chopped SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares.
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