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Quinn’s Cookie Exchange

Dec

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Today I’m participating in Quinn’s Cookie Exchange. Quinn is the MC of Angela Felsted’s recently released YA novel, CHASTE.

I am sharing my famous Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. And yeah, you may have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but this one is better. (IMHO) 😉

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
2 ¼ C. flour
1 t.       baking soda
½ t.      salt
1 C.     butter
softened (not melted)
¾ C.    packed brown
sugar
½ C.    granulated
white sugar
2 t.       vanilla
extract
1          egg
1          (12 oz)
package semi-sweet chocolate chips (I usually use a lot less).
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl; set
aside.  Cream butter, brown and white
sugar in a large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg; beat well.  Gradually add in flour mixture; mix
well.  Stir in chocolate chips by
hand.  Drop by rounded tablespoons, 2
inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden
brown (We like them just before they turn brown so they’re super chewy). Drop
the pan of cookies onto the floor (face-up obviously) to make the cookies dense
and chewy.  It sometime takes a couple of
tries to get them to drop all the way. 
Be sure it’s on a carpeted surface and if you use a baking stone, be
sure to remove the wire holder before you drop it. Move cookies to wire rack to
cool.

Yield: approximately 3 dozen cookies.  

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Okay, I’m sure you just skimmed the recipe, but I am making a note here that is VERY important. The trick to making these the best cookies ever is DROPPING THEM. Yep. Drop the whole pan on the ground (from about a foot up). If you fail to do this, the cookies will be Meh. So don’t skip it!

And in case you haven’t read the blurb for CHASTE yet, here you go:

When he steps into his physics class
on the first day of senior year, Quinn Walker is too exhausted from staying up
all night with his three-month-old nephew to deal with moral dilemmas. As a
devout Mormon who has vowed to wait until marriage for sex, the last thing he
needs is a very hot and very sexy Katarina Jackson as his physics partner.
Regrettably, he has no choice.

Kat feels invisible in her mansion of a home six months after losing her older
brother in a fatal car crash and will do anything to get her parents’
attention. Since her pastor father has no love for Quinn’s “fake” religion and
her ex-boyfriend refuses to leave her alone, she makes an impulsive bet with
her friends to seduce her holier-than-thou lab partner by Christmas.

 
Trailer: http://youtu.be/LQ4xPnf99gs
 
Congratulations, Angela!

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Christmas Is . . .

Dec

19, 2011 |

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Gingery spice
Filling the air.
Spearmint leaves
Stuck to tasty houses
With Dum-dum light posts.
Cinna-minni sweetness
Rolled in butter
And fluffy dough.
Seeping stealthily through the house
Calling soon-to-be sticky fingers to the kitchen.
Joseph and Mary
Sitting in our house.
Careful not to fight
Just this one night.
Gently rocking baby doll Jesus
In His Tupperware manger.
Soft sighs of contentment
As kids snuggle under the covers
In new pajamas.
Cookies and note in place.
Knowing Santa is real.

More important, knowing Love is real.

This is me wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays whatever you may celebrate! I will be taking a break until the New Year, so I will see you then! 

In the mean time, what is Christmas to you?

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*Cough* *Cough* Too Sick For a Real Post

Dec

15, 2011 |

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I have been overwhelmed by (i.e. ROFL at) all your great name suggestions for the Chocolate-less Chocolate Chip Cookies. Who knew taking away a bit of chocolate would get such a reaction?!

So I have updated the list of choices (it more than doubled!), and if you want to change your vote, feel free! Here’s the >>link<<. And since I have been horribly sick since yesterday, I’m afraid that’s all you get. That, and a reminder to vote on the big Christmas debate!

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Chocolate-less Chocolate Chip Cookies – Renamed

Dec

12, 2011 |

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**UPDATED**

So last week I admitted that my favorite type of chocolate chip cookies are the ones with NO chocolate chips. I invited you all to give your suggestions for a new name, and here’s what we have so far:

  1. Abomination Cookies
  2. Fiend Cookies
  3. Oxymoron Cookies
  4. Anti Chocolate Chip Cookies
  5. Brown Sugar Cookies
  6. Chipless Cookies
  7. Choc-less Chip Cookies
  8. Naked Cookies
  9. What the Heck Did You Do With My Chocolate Cookies
  10. Where-the-heck-are-my-chocolate-chip Cookies
  11. Faux Cookies
  12. Naked Cookies
  13. Who Took Ma Chips, Ma? Cookies
  14. Totally Bogus Cookies
  15. Un-Cookies
  16. Abomination and Desolation Cookies

I have my favorite, but I really think we need to vote on this. But if I don’t like the results, I may have to play evil dictator. Just sayin’. 😉

What’s your vote?

*With so many new options, if you need to change your vote, go for it!

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This vs. That: Chocolate Chip Cookies vs. Sugar Cookies

Dec

05, 2011 |

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Hello, hello! I’m so happy to be back. Especially because today is a This vs. That post. AND we had a record number of votes. So very awesome.

However, I find the results somewhat disappointing. I mean, really people. Does chocolate truly throw all other considerations out the window? But I digress. On to the results:

Total votes: 35 

Sugar Cookies: 10 votes; 29%
Chocolate Chip Cookies: 25 votes; 71%

Of those who voted for chocolate chip:
ONLY if gooey: 2 votes; 8% (of the 25 who voted for ChC)
ONLY if crispy/dunkable: 1 vote; 4%
Coated with a layer of chocolate: 1 vote; 4%

I had to add the subcategories, because I found it fascinating. And just for the record, there were a couple of you who voted chocolate chip, but said you’d change your vote if the Sugar Cookies had a specific frosting or sprinkles.

Hello! Of course the sugar cookies are made exactly to your specifications. You crazies. So your votes went to Sugar cookies. Besides, they could use the help.

And is there really a question about my vote? I went sugar cookies all the way. No question. In fact, when I was little, I used to pick out the chocolate chips or eat around them. If I could. Some cookies were more chocolate than cookie. If I were around when my mom made them, I would request chocolate-less chocolate chip cookies.

So here’s a question for you . . . what do you call a chocolate-less chocolate chip cookie? Seriously. I’m taking suggestions.

Okay, okay. On to the next vote. I debated this one. Last year, we did Real vs. Artificial, and I was sorely tempted to do it again just to see how the results compared (last year they tied). But there are so many great Christmas debates, I couldn’t resist a new one. Are you ready?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 
by Dr. Seuss

vs.

A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens


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This vs. That: Pooh vs. Tigger

Oct

03, 2011 |

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I know you’ve all been dying of anticipation on this one, so without adieu, on to the results:

Total votes: 20

Pooh: 12 votes; 60%
Tigger: 7 votes; 35%
Impossible to choose: 1 vote; 5%

That said, 4 of you who voted would rather have voted for Eeyore (20%); 2 of you mentioned Piglet (10%), and 1 person mentioned Owl (5%). Poor Rabbit didn’t even get a pity mention. (Kanga and Roo have each other, so I don’t worry as much about them.)

This round, I gave my vote to Pooh. Perhaps like Amy, I’m surrounded by so much Tigger, that the calm of Pooh sounded VERY attractive. Tiddely pom indeed!

On a side-note, I find it fascinating to learn everyone’s favorite character. It’s so telling! If you care to indulge us, I’d love to hear which one is your favorite and why.

My favorite has always been Roo. He’s the combination of the sense of adventure of Tigger, the wonder of Winnie the Pooh, and the common sense of Christopher Robin. (In my humble opinion, of course. And wow, I wasn’t even trying for the alliteration!)

Anyhoo, on to the next debate:

Chocolate Chip Cookies
vs.
Sugar Cookies
(Ahem. You may have recently read about my Kryptonite)
(Photo Credit: Free-Extras.com)


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