I had heard great things about Just Baked cupcakes for a while, but didn’t get a chance to try it for myself until recently. While I was in Livonia last week, I stopped by their original store at Seven Mile and Farmington.
I picked out a Fat Elvis cupcake for me – banana cake with a pillow of peanut butter frosting then dipped in their chocolate ganache; and a Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcake – chocolate cake with peanut butter butter cream, dipped in chocolate ganache topped with Reece’s Pieces candy. I can attest that both were quite tasty as I stole a bite of my husband’s, a woman’s got to do a little direct research for her blog, right? The cakes were nice and moist, the ganache was an unusual touch that made it more interesting and it wasn’t too rich. The peanut butter buttercream ‘pillows’ were a nice light texture and the right balance of sweetness just under the ganache glaze. Believe it or not, I saved half of a cupcake for the next day and it was still moist. I’ll have to remember that next time I’m in because the sell day-old cupcakes for $1.
When I was in the store the case was stocked with most of the flavors they show on their website, at least 20 the day I was there. I scoped out their ‘menu’ online beforehand and was a little sad that they didn’t have the Sweet Potato Pie flavor when I was in, I’ll have to try that next time. There’s a wide variety to choose from and the choices play on dessert favorites, such as Oreo Cookie, Cinnamon Donut, Peach Cobbler and S’more. You’re likely to find something to fit the pickiest of palettes and the child in you.
Just Baked also has a location in Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, and, I’m excited to say, are opening up a location very close to me in Ann Arbor around Febuary or March as well as another shop in Royal Oak.
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I had a couple of well ripened bananas and was looking for a new way to use them up. I’ve done plenty of banana bread in the past so I looked for a cookie recipe. Many of the banana cookie recipes I found were described as more cake-like than cookie-like. I like my cookies with a crisp edge and a chewy center. The recipe below achieves that perfectly. I added peanut butter chips because I love the combination of peanut butter and banana and I had some on hand. They add a nice change from chocolate and they make a nice lightly sweet rich addition to the cookies. The cookies also freeze well, but if stored in a Ziploc bag the do loose a little bit of the original crispy texture.
Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
- 1 1/4 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 6 tbsp. butter, room temperature
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. rolled oats
- 2 very ripe mashed bananas
- 1 c. peanut butter chips, such as Reese’s
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with Silpat sheets or parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together, set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until blended.
3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing just until it is incorporated. Stir in the oatmeal. Mix in mashed bananas. Stir in peanut butter chips.
4. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until edges are lightly browned and the tops look dry, about 16 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies