Time and Relative Cookies in Space

This week, I received a multitude of belated birthday/Christmas gifts from a good friend of mine, R. Among these things, came one of the most epic gifts I have ever recieved:

But this isn’t just any TARDIS. It’s a COOKIE JAR! So of course I decided this was a cause for something good to happen. And by good I mean – an excuse to my make my favourite cookies. I hadn’t baked since before Christmas, and I had to make a cheesecake that night anyway, so I figured I might as well make a big mess in the kitchen and have some fun.

My cookie of choice? Mocha Crunch Cookies. These, my friends, are the best cookie you will ever eat in your life (that is, if you are a coffee fan). They are sweet, light, crunchy, and taste AMAZING with a cold glass of milk.

To make these delightful treats you will need:
1/2 c Butter
1/4 Shortening
1/2 c Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Nestle makes these – they are a bit pricier than normal chips, but the bag will last you a while)
1 egg YOLK
1 TB Instant Coffee Granules
1 3/4 c Flour
1.5 TS Vanilla
1/4 TS Baking Powder
1/4 TS Baking Soda
1/4 TS Salt
A  bowl 1/4 full of sugar, and a glass cookie press – or if you don’t own one, a glass cup with a flat bottom works fine.

Preheat your oven to a toasty 375. Make sure it’s at the right temperature because these lovelies burn very easily.

Cream the butter, shortening, and sugars. Add the YOLK of the egg. The first time I ever made these I put in the whole egg, and it was a disaster. Mix this in well, along with the vanilla.

If you’re like me, the next step, you’ll do in the same bowl. But if you are stickler about it – combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. When you add the coffee granules, make sure you crush them with back of the spoon, or if you’re like me and you don’t care – grind them in your hands.

Now mix together both bowls of ingredients. The dough is going to seem sticky, but that’s okay – this is what will make them crunchy. Although sometimes I add a little extra flour (like 1/8 cup) if it’s really bad. Now put in your 1/2 cup chips and make sure everything is really well combined.

Now you should have a nice bowl of delicious cookie dough (and yes, PLEASE sample it, raw cookie dough is delicious – and yes I’m encouraging you to eat raw eggs, I’ve never died from it, so I’m giving you permission)

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in sugar and place the balls an inch apart on the cookie sheet. Take your glass press or cup, and dip the press/bottom of the cup in the sugar and press the cookies flat onto the tray. (You don’t want them paper thin, but relatively)

Now all you have to do is let them bake! Place them in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. You will know they are done with the edges are lightly browned but the center is a little bit soft. (They will firm up while they cool)

Voilah! Your cookies are done.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! (And apparently my roommates – the cookies are already halfway gone!)

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A New Project

It was bound to happen eventually. Here I am, a young, vivacious student with a lot to say, and a lot to share, but sort of boxed into a strange place where there isn’t necessarily anyone around to say or share it all with. I pour my heart out into little projects, little pieces of writing – I put it in to baking, creating, photography, but I never really do anything with it, or have a reason for it…not that one needs it, but that aside, it would be nice to. It would be nice to meet and share and talk with people who have common interests to my own – or who just enjoy talking about the crazy things I do.

The point is – I’ve created this space for myself to share the little things that I do. I will post knitting patterns, recipes, book reviews, social commentary, and art projects – anything that inspires me to say something. The idea is that by writing things down I will be encouraging myself to try out new things, to go on new adventures, and to take up new hobbies – and in turn share that creativity and sense of adventure with other people.

This blog is not intended to be a place where I will pour out my personal problems – that is not a healthy habit, by any means, and leads to nothing exceptt hurting other people and creating drama in my life, which is something I am trying to cut back on. Therefore, I expect the same courteousness from my readers. I would LOVE feedback and commentary, but let me make clear that any negativity or unpleasantness expressed in writing will be erased. This is meant to be a happy and safe haven for me to express myself to you, and vice versa. Be aware this doesn’t mean “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all” because I do appreciate constructive criticism – I just want to make sure you understand I expect the words used in commentary to be chosen wisely. I have had too many times where I post a piece of art or writing and people have gotten carried away with what they have to say about it…and not in the good way.

Also, let it be noted any real-life events I may chose to bring up in writing, here, will not contain the real names of any of the people observed or involved. I would like to respect the privacy of anyone who may become a victim of my creativity. I’m making this disclaimer because from time to time I may want to write down something that, while not necessarily negative or private, will still come from an experience I may have had on my own. I do however respect that not everyone wants to be immortalized on the internet, and so, some personal information may be changed to protect that person’s interests. Understood?

Anyway, aside from the lecture – welcome to the inside of my creative mind. Welcome to my thoughts, my observations, my experiments, and my anecdotes. I hope you’ll read them, and enjoy them.  =)