Baking All the Cookies

M loves anything sweet. Typically I bake him a batch of cookies (or something similar) about once a month. Now with him leaving for 4 days every week, I feel like I need to bake him something every week, in smaller amounts. Now, the smart thing to do would be to bake a batch of cookies, and freeze them in portions, just taking one portion out every week. but where’s the fun in that! Also, he will be living with N, who I’m sure would appreciate some treats as well.

So begins my Pinterest search for good, delicious, sweet treats (typically involving chocolate), that travel well (approximately 3 hours unrefiridgerated).

Of course the most basic chocolate chip cookies will be the first batch I send. Then I’m thinking Rice Krispie treats with chocolate chips, egg-less cookie dough bites (dipped in chocolate) – these ones might require a nice ice pack just in case).

But to kick off M’s finally days before everything changes, I brought him home a slice of the most rich, (disgustingy) sweet, cake ever. Today was my sister’s boyfriends birthay, so she and I baked him a cake. My sister is currently (and most likely permanently) gluten free. Therefore, we made a gluten-free cake. And so far, as far as I can tell, every gluten free chocolate cake is a heavy, dense cake. So start with that in your mind. Then add a ridiculous amount of peanut butter frosting, and top it off with a chocolate ganache. oooph. The cake was/is delicious but it definitely gives you a stomachache and a toothache if you eat too much. I’m convinced a small slice gave me “sugabetes” – aka: An instant raise in blood sugar to an unsafe level in someone who otherwise handles sugar safely (not a diabetic). A temporary condition, but an uncomfortable one at that.

We ate the cake before eating dinner, which was our first mistake. I quickly returned to my parents house to drop off my dog for the night and shoved 2 pieces of buttered toast into my mouth in hopes that it would absorb some of the sugar in my stomach.

Hopefully M’s body will handle the sugar much better than mine!

Any recommended recipes for me to make for M? Post a link in the comments!

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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies… Ever.

I know that the “best” is a personal opinion. But I love these chocolate chip cookies. They’re easy to make, they’re gooey and delicious, and M loves them too! I got the recipe off allrecipes.com, my favorite spot to find new recipes, and read other people’s reviews and recommendations.

BEST BIG, FAT, CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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In my gas oven I bake these for 17 minutes. I also use a small ice cream scoop as a dough measurer, and typically end up with 30-ish cookies. So mine are smaller than the recipe calls for, but that means M is more likely to share some with me! I think the trick is to let the cookies cool on the warm baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before removing them and placing them on the wire cooling rack. This extra step means the bottoms get cooked a little bit extra, giving them a slight crunch, and help them hold together!