Happy Friday!! I don’t know about you, but I looveee Fridays. Usually, anyway. My plans for tonight went down the toilet, but i’m still enjoying myself.
I had originally planned to go over to a friends house with a bunch of people (we used to do it every friday for basically 2 consecutive years. Then I started drifting away from the group due to drama, etc…ANYWAY) but then a lot of them got tickets to a basketball game, so I made plans to hang out with my good friend Alan. It turns out the basket ball game was canceled, but I decided to stick with my plans with Alan. Theeenn Alan isn’t allowed to have anyone over, and by that time it’d be too late for me to go to the other house. So instead, I stayed home andbaked cookies. 🙂 I’ve been such a HERMIT lately, it’s depressing! I’m super busy this weekend and the weekend after that, and NEXT friday i’ll be going to the house…so it all works out. 🙂 Tomorrow i’m going to an old friends birthday celebration, hence the COOKIE CREATION.
I always had a go to recipe for chocolate chip cookies from some ancient cookbook of my Dad’s that was called “Kids in the Kitchen”. It was the PERFECT recipe. Just the right blend of brown and white sugars, the perfect amount of butter (not so much as to overpower the cookie) and a wonderful amount of chocolate chips…..mmm. Sadly, I left it at a friends house a few months ago while we were baking the cookies (they were pretty famous with my friends) and my cookbook was lost in her house. Not sure how that works, but it happened.
So I was left shattered; insecure. What was I without my chocolate chip cookie recipe ? Just an empty, hollow shell. A ghost of the foodie I used to be.
Chocolate peanut chip cookies
(adapted from Bite Me)
- 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour (I substituted in about 3/4 c. whole wheat)
- 1/2 t Baking Soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 c butter
- 1 c. brown sugar (I did loosely packed)
- 1/2 c granulated sugar (I used splenda)
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 egg + 1 yolk
- about 1 c. chocolate chips [I used a mix of chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter chips.:) ( But I usually eyeball adding in the ‘chips anyway~)]
Preheat oven 325 degrees F
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper (my first batch burned slightly on the bottom when I did this, so I omitted it for the second batch..my oven IS evil, though, so it might have just been me.)
- In med. bowl combine flour, baking soda & salt
- in another lrg. bowl beat butter & sugars with mixer on medium speed. Beat in vanilla and egg + 1 yolk until light and fluffy.
- Gradually mix flour into wet mixture using low speed of mixer
- Bake 10-15 mins or until golden on the top.
- Makes 20-25 cookies 🙂
Now, generally when I bake I bake HEALTHY things. But since these are for a party I barely made any healthy substitutions..and WOW. These ROCKED my taste buds. (I enjoyed the bits of dough I “sampled” more than the 1/4 of a cookie i took from Dad) it’s been FAR too long since i’ve had a “proper” chocolate chip cookie. 😉
While these were baking I also packed together my food for work tomorrow…since i’m going to the party tomorrow night (and will most likely over indulge. I’m going to try and exercise control though!!!) I packed lots of healthy stuff for work. 🙂 Before work I’ll have some Liberte organic strawberry yogurt with a sprinkling of fiber 1 cereal….then Kashi GOLEAN crunch, 1/2 a banana and a kiwi fruit on my break, then a huge salad and a LARABAR for my 2nd break!!
My grocery store only had 2 kinds of Larabar (cherry pie or apple pie) so I went for the apple. Even though they’re fairly high in fat, I know it’s all the good kinds of fat..i’m excited to try it!!
Today’s eats weren’t very exciting. We’re experiencing a hurricane so I didn’t walk to OR from school 😦 I really missed my daily walks!! They’re more than excercise to me, they’re meditation!
BUT I did work in my usual 20 minutes of Tony this morning 😉 so not all was lost. I doubt i’ll be blogging tomorrow, so I hope EVERYONE HAS A HAPPY SATURDAY!! 🙂