It’s cookie tii-iime!
Troop Beverly Hills: Best. Movie. Ever.
Anyway, so yes- it was in fact cookie time in the HeatherBakes household today. But first…
Imagine my surprise this morning to wake up and see this:
View from our house:
Pretty, right? You East Coasters/Midwesterners (and even West Texans) are probably rolling your eyes right now. But we NEVER get snow. In honor of the occasion, Chloe and I headed over to visit the May family. Chloe’s not a fan of snow, but she is a fan of small children. Like sometimes too much of a fan. Here she is playing with Molly:
LOVE the pink ensemble. Especially the hat.
Gabe wasn’t sure what to make of the white stuff. He did try to eat his mitten, though:
Back to the cookies. I tried out a couple of recipes for Christmas gifts. The first was for Dark-Chocolate-Ginger Crinkles from the December/January issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray.
These were SUPER easy and turned out great. The crystallized ginger adds just a hint of spice. Cinnamon probably would have worked well, too. I should have used more powdered sugar… it kind of dissolves as they bake.
The second recipe- for Monster Cookies- started with a major brain fart for me. First lesson of cooking? Mise en place. Measure and lay out all of your ingredients before you start. Because you know what happens if you don’t? You forget the butter. And then you end up with mounds:
Instead of cookies:
Butter is kind of imperative if you want your cookies to actually spread. Luckily this was a Paula Deen recipe, and you know my girl Paula made sure there was LOTS and LOTS of fat in it. Like 12 oz of peanut butter in addition to the stick of plain butter. So the butter-free cookies actually taste just fine. If you’re looking for an easy holiday cookie, I would highly recommend this recipe- and you can find it here. How can you go wrong with oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, raisins AND M&M’s?? You can’t.
And finally, I will leave you with an illustration of how Chloe and Piper spent most of their snow day:
Favorite 80′s movie?
Oh gosh, this is a hard one. Troop Beverly Hills, of course. Howard the Duck, PeeWee’s Big Adventure, Overboard, Steel Magnolias, Beetlejuice… and the list goes on…