Home for the Holidays

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One of the biggest things I miss about being home is the smell of my house. I am pretty sure my mom has something baking or on the stove at all hours of the day, because that is just who she is. She has a knack for cooking and baking, and someday I hope I am as talented as she is.

My favorite is when I come home and I smell cookies baking in the oven, especially around the holidays.

So for this post, here is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe found on pinterest!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don’t use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks)

DIRECTIONS:

To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).

Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.

Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 28). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.

Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or spray with cooking spray and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

This is not an original recipe, although I wish it was.

ENJOY

Put Your Big Girl Panties On….Its Cyber Monday!

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Not really sure how many of you decided to suit up for war on Friday, but I am a lover for Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the toned down version of Black Friday, because who wants to run through a mall with a bunch of other crazy people. Friday I did not really have anything to do, so I decided to make my way over to the mall. I didn’t really have anything in particular that I was looking for, so I feel like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I was a wanderer, and on a day as popular as Black Friday, you are screwing yourself.

I cannot tell you how many times I got bumped, cussed at, and pushed out of the way. People are crazy man. I tried to stand my ground but girlfriend is too easy going. I got one dress, my boyfriend a jacket, and then I hit the road. I was in and out of there like it was a race.

Now its Cyber Monday. You can sit at your computer, in your jammies, sip on some coffee and order some awesome things. The beauty in it all? You do not even have to move. I mean come on people, how wonderful is that? Cyber Monday and online shopping are just wonderful things, and I always look forward to this day? It is the perfect time to order Christmas gifts and an additionally twenty things for yourself….KIDDING!

So put your big girl panties on, make a list of things you need (want), and get on those websites because I will tell you millions of other people are ready to go. Do not miss out on those awesome prices!! GO GO GO!