Friday, February 10, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Business

Do you ever notice how the weather seems to dictate your mood? For example, picture a hot, sunny, summer evening. You have just gotten home from work, and are looking in the fridge for dinner. You aren't looking at the box of pasta and tomato sauce and ground beef to satisfy your hunger. No, you are looking at turning that ground beef into a burger, or firing up the grill with something fresh! Well I think the opposite happens when it snows (seems pretty logical). You want to curl up and hibernate inside and eat chocolate. Lots and lots of warming chocolate.

This winter has been a bit of a silly one. The weather is sort of cold, and sort of snows. Come on mother nature, stop half-assing it and either get the winter business out of your system or jump into spring gear in full force. I have some cute floral print items that are waiting to see the outside of my closet!

Obviously it is snowing out tonight and so I have brought you a bit of a preemptive valentine's day snuggle to go with that always romantic-looking white wonderland.

PS I love all of the pre-Valentine's day posts out there! Yes, preparing for a pink and red holiday is extremely important! And yes, I do feel bad for all the guys out there that have to deal with us frilly-crazy girls that are so in love with everything that screams love!

Enter a big giant teddy bear covered in sprinkles to serve these cookies up. Ah man, I love it.

Bowl 1.... Bowl 2... a bit of heat...

and you get...

A big hug.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Hershey's Chipits Skor Toffee bits cookie recipe)

2 cups flour (I used half kamut, half whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup earth balance
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat the over to 350 F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl beat together earth balance, sugars, and vanilla until well blended. Beat in the eggs until light and fluffy.

4. Stir in flour mixture and chocolate chips until just combined. 

5. Drop rounded teaspoons onto the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Makes about four dozen cookies :) (I got 49)

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