One of the great blogging truths is this: Illness is not conducive to good blogging. Yes, I know, it’s probably not conducive to much of anything good, but still. It cripples the blogger in multiple ways. For one, when the brain is amuck, all writing pretty much comes up lacking no matter how you dress it. On top of that travesty, when you are sick, nothing happens to you, so there’s less writing material.
Well, nothing that anyone wants to hear about, anyway, and certainly not in any great detail.
Without getting into much detail, then, may I just say that my family and I have been through the wringer the last few days, illness-wise. Our house is beginning to feel like a makeshift med center during a plague outbreak. The Big Nasty has come a callin’.
The stars were not aligned on that front, clearly.
And, now that I’m slowly recovering, no one in my household is ready to eat that which I have baked and coughed violently upon. Nor do I yet have the mental capacity for crafting, a challenging proposition for me when all faculties are in order.
So instead, I’ll just share my favorite cookie recipe of late with you, and then I’m going to direct you to some sites with a variety of cookie recipes guaranteed to make you salivate, all of which are being shared in support of a great cause.
I’ve made no secret of my chocolate obsession here on An Island Mom. All my favorite cookies involve chocolate, and my current favorite cookie is the Brownie Cookie, from myrecipes.com. The recipe is as follows:
½ cup butter
4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 cups (18 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 ½ cups chocolate morsels in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt; cool.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture, beating well. Add chocolate mixture; beat well. Stir in remaining 1 ½ cups chocolate morsels and pecans.
Drop dough by 2 tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
The recipe says it makes about 2 ½ dozen, but given that I eyeball the size of my scoops, I end up with closer to 4 dozen cookies.
I prepare the recipe pretty much as listed above, except I now substitute dark chocolate chips for the semi-sweet chips and I often leave out the pecans. Both adjustments are due to family preferences only. These cookies are so good that my vocabulary doesn’t have a word to fully describe it. They’re just, they’re just beyond. Be warned, however. These cookies have a very rich chocolate taste, so they are best reserved for those with strong attachments to the cacao bean. Furthermore, do not consume these without beverages readily available, because they require plentiful measures of them. My son, for instance, eats these with a glass and a gallon of milk on hand. Consider yourself warned.
While convalescing, I read blogs. And so I stumbled across a group of bloggers doing a series of posts on cookie recipes this week, all to benefit pediatric cancer research. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is an organization raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Each blogger has chosen a recipe from the cookbook Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Research Cookbook to feature. Browse these sites for scrumptious cookie recipes each day this week, and check out Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for great ways to support pediatric cancer research. In addition, visit Glad for other opportunities to support pediatric cancer research, including their pledge to donate 10 cents for every virtual cookie exchanged on Facebook. (Note: Even sick people can do this one. Just saying.)
The cookie recipes and other information on Cookies for Kids’ Cancer can be found on the following blogs:
Sunday: Important Background Information (seriously!)
Monday: Comfortably Domestic
Tuesday: Inside NanaBread’s Head
Wednesday: Wanna Be a Country Cleaver
Thursday: Tenaciously Yours
Friday: La Petite Pancake
Saturday: Decadent Philistines
Thank you to all these fine bloggers for their efforts to aid in the fight against cancer. I certainly hope that they raise tremendous awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research, so that more children can be saved from this devastating disease.
Oh, and I hope everyone finds a great cookie recipe to use this holiday season!