Sunday, February 03, 2008

why do you build me up

Next time your favorite team is playing like crap and giving you chest pain, and you feel the need to work off some nervous energy, here’s a little recipe you can try. It won’t help your team win any, but it will give you something to do as you realize you wasted four hours watching an absolutely shameful game. I’ll post pictures (of the cookies, not of my reaction of utter stupor over the stupidity that was tonight’s Superbowl) this week, when I am feeling a little less frantic about a test I was supposed to be studying for during this time:

Peanut-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies for Patriots Fans with Palpitations

Preheat your oven to 350.

Place a 1/2 cup of honey, 1/2 cup of brown sugar (I don't pack it, because it turns out too sweet that way), and 1 stick of butter in a large mixing bowl. I let the butter come to room temperature and then cream these ingredients together by hand (mostly because I have a lot of nervous energy during such games).

Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and a 1/2 cup of peanut butter and mix this in until smooth. Then add in one egg and mix until well combined. In a separate bowl whisk together 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour (if you don't have whole wheat flour, you can use all-purpose flour entirely), 1 tsp of baking soda, and 1 tsp of salt. Now add the wet and dry ingredients together, just until everything is incorporated. Add in 1 cup of chocolate chips (I prefer the miniature kind).

Drop heaping teaspoons of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart. With a fork, press down each mound cross-wise in two directions. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes- the cookies will be browned on the bottom and cooked but soft on top. Remove from the oven and let sit on the pan for about 4 minutes before removing. Cool completely on wire racks.

Then cry and fight the urge to eat the entire batch of cookies when your team loses the Superbowl.

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