Thursday, February 16, 2012

{a cure, an aid, a miracle}

do you have a friend?
do you have a significant other, or crush?
do you have a person in your life who you wish was your friend but, due to lack of real life social skills following years of online social networking, don't know how to make them your friend?
do you have a mailman, a librarian, or bookstore owner in your life who seems a tad lonely but really, really nice?

because i have thought of something that will make your friends friendlier, your romances romancier, your social life socialier, and your lonely people happier. provided none of the above have a peanut allergy. then i have to tell you: there is no hope.

hey. every human-level miracle has some sort of limitation.

this miracle in particular is named

DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE FOR TWO

and, like any good miracle, there are preparations to be made. you must gather these things:

* a box of those chocolate cookies {you know, the kind that you might use to make ice cream sandwiches}. alternatively, if you don't know what i'm talking about, you could probably just use oreo cookies.
* a tablespoon {i would say, maybe even a tablespoon and a half} of melted butter
* 1/2 cup cream cheese {4 oz}
* crumbled dark chocolate bar {i'm talking about those lindt 90% cocoa ones. but, i mean, if you want milk chocolate, you could do that too. spoilsport.}
* 1/3 cup peanut butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 & a 1/2 cups of whipped cream {the frozen stuff, thawed}
* 2 fancy cups or glasses {this is dependant on the person you're going to be sharing this miracle with. if it's your best friend, you could do it in a martini glass or something fun like that. if it's the librarian, you could do it in a cute coffee cup. you know what i mean?}
* this song playing in the background {it infuses a certain something into the miracle}: 
Bathtime in Clerkenwell by The Real Tuesday Weld on Grooveshark

here we go:


1) crush up five cookies and mix them with the melted butter. cram that into the bottom of your cups. you might think about putting a little extra into your cup. or theirs. you know, depending on how good a person you are.


2) grab a hand mixer, and beat up the peanut butter, vanilla, and cream cheese. stir with a spoon just once so that you have something to lick.


3) crumble in the chocolate bar in tiny pieces. probably not the whole chocolate bar, unless you really really love chocolate bars. i used probably 1/3 of one of those big honkin' lindt bars, but i'll leave this up to your discretion. at least have the decency to leave two squares for the top.


4) add about a cup of whipped cream {or more, you know, if whipped cream is your favourite} and just stir it in. 


5) refrigerate for a couple hours. i know, you just want to eat it now, but i promise it will taste better if you wait. i promise. and i'm a very honest girl.


6) put the rest of the whipped cream on the top along with some of the leftover chocolate. 


7) this step is very important: DON'T EAT THEM BOTH BY YOURSELF. there is nothing miraculous about sitting alone on the kitchen floor stuffing yourself full of chocolate and cream cheese. the miraculous part is the part where you go and find your friend, or that guy you have a crush on, or whoever, and say, "do you have a peanut allergy?" {and then, ONLY IF they say 'no':} "here, i made this for you!" wear a smile and offer them your cup of miracle. it will spark something in both of you, i promise.


and i'm a very honest girl.



{because i am so honest, i would feel bad if i didn't admit that i made these for barclay and i the other night, and after i ate mine i finished his off too. he had a stomach ache that night. so.}


{OH! AND! this recipe is adapted from one found here. check it oot!}