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Friday Treats

Dan has been harassing me for cookies (when doesn’t he harass me for cookies?). But given it’s been awhile since I’ve baked, and especially because the house smells like dog now and I want to mask the smell, I agreed to make chocolate chip cookies for him. I looked through my Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2010 cookbook and found a recipe for “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.” Of course I needed to try these, and of course the baking was not without disaster. Somehow the bag of chocolate chips was missing (Dan claims innocence, I call shenanigans) so I had to rummage around the cabinets until I remember my friend had given me sample Godiva Pearl tins and figured these would be an acceptable substitution. They were, except I had about half the amount I needed. Probably better though, these cookies are so buttery and rich, I don’t think I needed the extra calories! These cookies were a bit unconventional, but they really were pretty much perfect chocolate chip cookies. They were chewy and buttery, all around amazing. Here is my rendition of “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 1 large yoke
  • 3 tins Godiva Pearls (or 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips)
Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Who needs chocolate chips when you have Godiva Pearls?

Heat oven to 375 degrees and adjust the rack to the middle position and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. Melt 10 tablespoons of butter into a skillet over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, continuously swirling in the pan. Remove the butter from the pan and peat into a heatproof bowl. Add in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and mix until it is melted. Add white and brown sugars, salt and vanilla to the butter and whisk until it’s all mixed together.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
I’ve never seen cookie batter so soupy before….

Add eggs and whisk until the mixture is smooth with no lumps for about 30 seconds. Wait for 3 minutes then repeat whisking for 30 seconds. Repeat 2 more times.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mmmm… Cookie dough soup
Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
The third round…

Add in flour mixture with a spatula or spoon until it’s just combined.

Perfect chocolate chip cookies
This is starting to look more like cookie dough…

Add in chocolate and mix together lightly.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Add the blueberries- I mean chocolate pearls

Create dough balls of about 3 tablespoons each and place on cookie sheet. There’ll be 12-16 dough balls. Leave at least two inches between the balls. Put into oven for about 14 minutes until the edges are brown. Take out of the oven and cool in the sheet for a couple minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Space out your cookies more than this…

I did not space out my cookies enough. And you can see how my cookies turned out in the photo below. I was out of time and cookie sheets so I made 12 dough balls and shoved them all on one sheet. The outcome wasn’t that pretty but was still delicious!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Somewhat) Perfect Chocolate Chip Cook
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Friday Treat

For a person who doesn’t like banana flavored food, I find myself making banana bread a lot. We always buy bananas and always end up with super ripe bananas that we store in the freezer. When we took a trip to Costco and couldn’t put all the groceries away because of the bananas, I decided it was time to make more banana bread. I’ve made two different types of banana bread, and this time went for an easier, quicker recipe. I found this one on Allrecipes.com and thought I’d give it a try. Dan loved the bread, but I thought it was a bit lacking. I still think the America’s Test Kitchen bread is the best.

Banana Bread, Fat Kid Confidential

Mmmmm… Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 2 banana, sliced
Banana bread, Fat Kid Confidential

Adding some crunch to the bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Fold in the crushed walnuts. Pour half of the mixture into prepared loaf pan, then lay down the sliced bananas, then cover with the rest of the mixture.

Banana bread, Fat Kid Confidential

My favorite banana bread secret

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Banana Bread, Fat Kid Confidential

Cooling

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Friday Treat

Happy Friday! Here is your Friday Treat:

Best candy bar in the world – Crunchie.

Above is a photo of my favoritist (ok, one of two) candy bar in the world – Crunchie. When I was living in Europe I’d eat it all the time. Every time I go to Europe I always stock up, and I forgot that they sell it in Canada as well! Also delicious? Cadbury Mini Eggs. Dan and I would buy bags of them around Easter time, only  to have the bags be finished in less than 48 hours… I’m sorry this is one Friday Treat that you can’t enjoy with me!

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Friday Treats

I apologize, there are no photos or ingredients to post right now. I’m too exhausted from making the pumpkin cheesecake which is currently in the oven and will come out at midnight. It’ll be a miracle if it comes out in one piece and delicious! I didn’t have all the right baking dishes and my hand mixer blew in the middle of making the cheesecake mixture. My arms got a workout until my friend suggested I used a food processor. Genius. I’m hoping this turns out well for my friend’s Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night! Recipe and photos to come soon.

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Friday Treats

I love ice cream. Love is too weak to describe my constant need and yearn for the delicious treat. We’ve had a Groupon for Cold Stone for almost a year and decided to finally use it. So many different choices! Sweet cream? Cheesecake? Cake batter? We chose pumpkin ice cream mixed with vanilla bean.

Pumpkin Treat

We added in cinnamon, graham crackers, caramel, Heath bar, chocolate flakes and cookie dough.  Perfect for an autumn evening next to the fireplace.

Yum.

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