Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tough Times Don't Last, but Tough People Do...

This photo was taken this past spring but I feel the need to share it now. Perhaps this post has no direct relation to dessert or some delicious recipe, but more to the baker behind the dessert. Why else have a blog if you cannot express emotion to whoever reads - and hell, sometimes its good to just let it out... some form of cathartic therapy I suppose. But just for reading...  below is my fantastic "go-to" secret cookie recipe that when all else fails... there's nothing that milk n' cookies cant fix!

Just a thought/ Unqualified love means that you always do what is in the best interest of those who you love. Punishment, if it is truly warranted and properly executed, can be the greatest expression of love. Love, on the other hand, can only be true if it's unwarranted and absolutely unqualified. I learn, I grow, I believe. I'm stronger because of it.

"If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy."

SHORTBREAD'S Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or earth balance (dairy free & vegan), room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 teaspoona salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1.5 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or sprayed with PAM. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week and in the refrigeration for 2 weeks. Enjoy and try to not eat all of them! :D

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