Every now and then, we must confront the fact that there is no rational explanation for our behaviour. Why did I dream about being chased by a giant diaper-wearing pickle? Why does it feel like Saturday when it’s only Wednesday? Why am I fascinated by both the miniature and the gargantuan, but nothing in-between? Sometimes, trying to understand our own subconscious is more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube. This is precisely the position I found myself in earlier this afternoon, staring at a pile of Reese’s pieces and peanut M&Ms, wondering what on earth had possessed me to buy 10 packs of each. Earlier in the day, I had stumbled upon this curious recipe and I was instantly desperate to try it. So I raced home after class, dumped my bags and scooted off to Sainsbury’s to buy the ingredients. One hour later, a giant peanut butter cup cookie was staring back at me from the table, it’s M&M eyes blinking curiously. “Eat me!” it dared. And so I did. And it was delicious.
The creation of this monster required nothing unusual or Frankenstein-esque. You probably have all of these ingredients sitting in your pantry right now: a stick of unsalted butter, one egg, one cup of brown sugar, vanilla extract, a third of a cup of peanut butter, one cup of flour, Reese’s peanut butter cups, peanut M&Ms, and a pinch of salt. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and butter and flour a pie dish. Melt the butter in a large bowl in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Add the brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and the egg, making sure the mixture is cool before adding the egg. Whisk these ingredients together. Add flour and salt and stir until smooth and combined. Pour the batter into the pie dish and once it’s flat and settled, carefully place the peanut butter cups and peanut M&Ms into the batter, pressing gently. Don’t press them all the way to the bottom of the pie dish, otherwise they’ll drown in the mixture whilst cooking. Bake for about half an hour.
So next time you feel an irrational urge to cook a giant peanut butter cookie pie, don’t question it or waste time trying to explain it. Just go for it.