Feast your eyes on $72 worth of butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate, extracts and other baking necessities. Thankfully, they all came out delicious because I had to buy some pretty obscure items that I never use or have on hand.
I decided to do a few homemade gifts this year which basically means cookies because I don’t have an ounce of artistic or crafty ability in my body. Just ask my 4th grade art teacher who made fun of my attempt at a self portrait in front of the entire class. Yeah, I still remember that.
So, I spent all day in the kitchen yesterday baking off some delicious sounding recipes from around the web.
- Chocolate nutella fudge with sea salt
- White chocolate tangerine tea cakes
- White chocolate peppermint crunch oatmeal cookies
- Quadruple chocolate cherry cookies
5 1/2 cups of flour, 3 eggs, 3 cups of sugar, 5 1/2 sticks of butter and 6 1/2 cups of chocolate later I was done.
My arteries feel clogged just looking at it all.
This is probably the first time in about 2 years that I haven’t “healthified” a recipe at all. I didn’t touch or change anything about the ingredients in these and holy cow are they decadent. It’s funny because after tasting a cookie with 2 sticks of butter in it, I can definitely say my taste buds have changed. It’s not that I didn’t like these, but they almost taste too rich. Too buttery, too chocolaty, too everything. I honestly didn’t think it was possible, but I much prefer eating my “healthified” stuff. It’s not just that I can eat 2 or 3 and avoid the guilt factor, but it actually tastes better to me now. My, my how times have changed…
If I had to pick a favorite of the batch, I’d say the quadruple chocolate cherry cookies are it. Although, the tangerine tea cakes are a close second. Two complete opposites on the flavor spectrum.
In other weekend news, Adrian came up Saturday night to help Ulysses wire and hook up our brand spanking new generator so we won’t be the only ones in the neighborhood without power next time it goes out. What that really means to me is no loss of internet.
He started things off appropriately by finding this absurdly large bottle of Grey Goose in our cabinet.
I had no idea we even had this otherwise I would’ve been hitting that bottle after my mall experience the other day.
We ended the night with the most amazing apple pear crumble I’ve ever had.
Unfortunately, it was accompanied by some really weird bluegrass, banjo type music going on in the bar area of the restaurant. This is what happens when you go out to eat practically on Vassar College’s campus. They breed weird ones over there…
And since it’s been awhile since you’ve seen Ginger, she got a new toy this weekend after decapitating her hedgehog.
We’re hoping she’s nicer to the giraffe.
So far, they’re playing nice. I think she has a soft spot for them since it was her first toy.
If you can look at that and not want a puppy, you’re not human.
Did you do any baking this weekend?
How have your preferences for foods changed over time?
Does everyone have a short week? I think I’m probably the only one working through Friday