Chocolate Caramel-Swirled Peanut Giants and a Small Batch Baking Giveaway!

by cakeduchess on May 13, 2011 · 104 comments

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It’s been too long. I just realized how long I haven’t baked with CHOCOLATE! What was I thinking?!?
Chocolate brings happiness to so many people. Chocolate makes grumpy people a little less grumpy. Chocolate makes my world go round. Does chocolate make your world go round?Smile

If your answer is yes, you must try to win this book by Debby Maugans: Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers. It is FABULOUS! I didn’t know where to start in this delicious book. Every recipe is perfectly crafted for TWO! Or for just YOU!

Debby Maugans is the author of Small Batch Baking, published by Workman Publishing in December, 2004, and Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers, published by Thomas Dunne in February 2011. She toured 25 large cities in one month to promote the first book, performing national television, radio, and newspaper interviews and cooking demonstrations in each market. Articles featuring Small Batch Baking appeared in newspapers with large circulations, such as the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as magazines such as Glamour. Maugans appeared twice on QVC featuring Small Batch Baking; she sold over 2,000 books in 7 minutes. Maugans writes a weekly “Tables for Two” food column for the Birmingham News; she regularly appears on WLOS in Asheville.

I was immediately drawn to these cookies! I happened to find a secret stash of candy strategically hidden from my kids.
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There were so many adorable mini Snickers bars in it! I also happened to have a gorgeous bottle of dulce de leche. These cookies would be fantastic even without the dulce de leche.

Here’s what you need to do to participate in this FABULOUS giveaway:

Tell me what your favorite chocolate dessert is!

This giveaway has closed.

Chocolate Caramel-Swirl Peanut Giants
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons well-beaten egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 fun-size (15-gram) dark chocolate Snickers bars, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cocktail peanuts
2 tablespoons dulce de leche sauce or caramel ice-cream topping

Directions:
Here’s my Snickers and peanuts chopped! Delicious!
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Combine the chocolate and butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave on high power until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Let it cool to lukewarm.
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Place the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and whisk to blend well.

Place the sugar and egg in a small, deep mixing bowl and beat with a handheld electric mixer on high speed until the mixture is thick and pale, 2-3 minutes.
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Beat in the lukewarm chocolate mixture and the vanilla until blended.
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Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture just until blended.
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Stir the candy pieces and peanuts with a wooden spoon.
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Drizzle the dulce de leche sauce over the dough, and fold in to swirl it into the batter but do not incorporate it.
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Cover the bowl and refrigerate the batter until it is firm enough to work with, about 30 minutes.
Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

Spoon 1/4 cup scoops o the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them 3 inches apart.
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Using a spatula, press the cookies down to flatten them slightly. Bake the cookies just until the tops are dry and cracked but still soft to the touch, 18-20 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and slide the parchment paper onto a wire rack. Let the cookies cool completely on the paper. When completely cool, use a metal spatula to lift them off the paper.

Makes: *5 cookies

*I must’ve measured mine differently, I ended up with 8 cookies.
These cookies are as amazing as they look! Thank goodness there were 8 instead of 5! I tried to save some for my family. They each had one to enjoy!Smile

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Good luck on this giveaway!!

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Jeannette May 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

i think my favorite chocolate dessert is was and always will be nutella brownies. i can’t get enough of them!!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

These cookies look amazing! My favorite chocolate dessert right now is any kind of brownie.

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box May 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Chocolate Chips COOKIES! :-)

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Betsy May 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

You always come up with the most amazing sounding recipes! These look insanely good!

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Jeannette May 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

i like Debby Maugans on Facebook

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Jeannette May 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

i like cake duchess on facebook

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Jeannette May 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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Jeannette May 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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Jeannette May 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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Banana May 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I follower cake duchess on twitter ( that’s how i saw this post :$)

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Banana May 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

My Favourite chocolate desert is flourless chocolate, peanut butter cake – so rich – so decadent

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Magic of Spice May 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm

These cookies look wonderful and sounds like a great book. Love your candy stash there lady :)

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XanderJL May 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

im following this on my google rss reader :)

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whoistracy May 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

These look delicious! My favourite chocolate is just plain old chocolate candy- any way, doesn’t matter. I just LOVE chocolate any way I can get it. LOL

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Melissa @IWasBornToCook May 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I don’t discriminate – any chocolate of any size works for me :)

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eclairre May 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I love milk chocolate bars. Yummm!!

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Melissa @IWasBornToCook May 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

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Melissa @IWasBornToCook May 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I follow you on FB

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chefpandita.com May 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

My fav chocolate dessert would be a 80% cacao chocolate BAR :D

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Melissa @IWasBornToCook May 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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chefpandita.com May 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I like Debbie Maugans on FB.

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I follow Debbie on Twitter.

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chefpandita.com May 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I like you on FB [DUH!]

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chefpandita.com May 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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chefpandita.com May 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I am now following your blog :)

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Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow May 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Yum! That looks delicious! My favorite chocolate dessert… I love the molten cakes! yum!

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chefpandita.com May 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I tweeted this giveaway!

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A Thought For Food May 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Now don’t those look good! And, you’re right… it’s been way too long since you’ve made something with chocolate. I’ve missed that!

As for chocolate desserts, i’m always a fan of decadent flourless chocolate cake. Gets me every time.

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chefpandita.com May 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I linked to your giveaway on my FB page.

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Shulie May 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Small batch baking looks awesome following debby now on twitter and Like on FB and you of course I follow and like already on both!! Cookies look awesome!!

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knitstamatic May 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Oh my, the cookie dough looks so good I think I’d eat half of it before it ever makes it to the oven! Pick one fav chocolate dessert, not possible! :-)

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Anonymous May 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

First these cookies look amazing, and I was actually looking for a recipe for a new chocolate cookie to try. SCORE!

As for the giveaway, my favorite chocolate dessert would have to be chocolate brownies with peanut butter chunks in them and a peanut butter/chocolate frosting. Delicious!

- Emily S.

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knitstamatic May 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I already follow debby on twitter

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Anonymous May 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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knitstamatic May 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I already follow you on twitter.

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knitstamatic May 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I already like you on facebook

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Anonymous May 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I now ‘like’ Debby Maugans on Facebook

- Emily S.

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Roxana GreenGirl May 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Hi Lora,
a fabulous giveaway indeed. lately I’ve been doing my best to bake in small batches and these books looks very inspirational.
Your cookies look great. I love everything chocolate-y.

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Roxana GreenGirl May 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

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Roxana GreenGirl May 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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Roxana GreenGirl May 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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Roxana GreenGirl May 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm

tweeted the giveaway

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Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} May 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Love you! Hugs to you and thanks for this awesome recipe – look at that chocolate stash!! My fave choc dessert is chewy cakey brownies. Mmmm :)

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Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} May 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I’m your facebook fan

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Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} May 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

we tweet!

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foodiesonthefly.com May 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Mmmmm…. Awesome recipe.
Favorite chocolate dessert is… s’mores!

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Lisa @ Tarte du Jour May 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

These cookies look so delicious! I am partial to a tarte au chocolat!

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Marnely Rodriguez May 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Favorite Chocolate Dessert? Let’s keep it simple and say Pain Au Chocolat :)

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Marnely Rodriguez May 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I follow Debbie on Twitter :)

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Marnely Rodriguez May 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I liked Debbie on FB!

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Marnely Rodriguez May 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I LOVE you on FB! :P

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Marnely Rodriguez May 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I follow you on Twitter. Yup, I think? ;)

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Curried Cupcakes May 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Brownies are my all time favorite dessert, but chocolate covered pretzels are a close second.

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Curried Cupcakes May 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I follow your blog!

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Maria May 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Love the cookies! Brownies with ice cream and hot fudge:)

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Maris(In Good Taste) May 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

llove chocolate cake but these cookies look pretty darn good

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm

My favorite chocolate dessert is the Chocolate Souffle at Roy’s. I just got this book out from the library and I have already decided that I need to have it on my shelf permanently.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I liked Debby on Facebook.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I am now following Debby on Twitter.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I am already your fan on Facebook.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I also follow you on Twitter.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I tweeted about your post and giveaway.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I mentioned your post and giveaway on Facebook.

OK, that’s all 9 – I’m in it to win it! :)

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 14, 2011 at 12:57 am

Dang it, wish I had some, those are some good lookin’ cookies!

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Lisa May 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

I love chocolate trifle.

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Amy May 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

Dark chocolate cookies with reese’s pieces. Oh my heaven.

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Jan May 14, 2011 at 2:29 am

What a great combination in a cookie. Totally adding this to my baking list :)

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Amy May 14, 2011 at 2:43 am

Hi Lora :)! My favorite chocolate dessert is definately the brownie :)! This book sounds awesome, I am always baking things in smaller batches, since I have a small family. The cookies sound wonderful! Have a great weekend :)!

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Sue May 14, 2011 at 3:46 am

My favorite chocolate dessert are my mom’s recipe: cocoa oatmeal no-bake cookies:)

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Sue May 14, 2011 at 3:47 am

I follow you, Lora, via google friend connect:)

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Sue May 14, 2011 at 3:47 am

I like you on facebook now too! :)

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Angie's Recipes May 14, 2011 at 4:41 am

Love chocolate cookies! Those look awesome!

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Yael May 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

My favorite chocolate dessert has to be a chocolate molten lava cake.

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Shulie May 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

Does it count if I say I lurve chocolate?! lol

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Lizzy May 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

Oh, these cookies look amazing…and I just love the concept of a small batch! My favorite chocolate dessert (of the moment) is French silk pie:)

PS…I already own this wonderful cookbook, so no need to enter me…just wanted to say hello. Have a fabulousl weekend!

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Sommer J May 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Just looking at these makes me SMILE!! I love it. I needed a different cookie to send to my husband and these are definitely it. Thanks for posting, Lora!

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i love chocolate molten lava cake

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blackbookkitchendiaries May 15, 2011 at 6:25 am

wow! this looks amazing Lora!! my kind of chocolate dessert is a decadent chocolatey layered cake!! YUM!!

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blackbookkitchendiaries May 15, 2011 at 6:28 am

i follow you on twitter! and we tweet:)

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Jeanneod May 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

fudge of any kind!

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Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } May 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

What a wonderful book! Love the cookies you made. My favorite chocolate dessert is a chocolate souffle!!

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kitchenarian May 16, 2011 at 12:59 am

This sounds like a wonderful book! My favorite chocolate dessert is espresso brownies.

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Reeni May 16, 2011 at 1:49 am

What delectable cookies! I love that they are a small batch – just enough to have a treat but not overdo it. The cookbook sounds like a gem! xoxo

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franca May 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

questi dolci al cioccolato sono molto buoni,bravissima

These chocolate cakes are very good, very good

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Foodiva May 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

This is such a great book! My favourite chocolate dessert has to be a (literally) Death by Chocolate Cake!

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Erin May 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

How do I pick my favorite chocolate dessert, there are too many! But it might be a super fudgy delicious chocolate brownie!

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