Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now whenever I see cookies, I’m forced to sing:

“Cookies! Cookies! Cookies are so yummy! Fresh out of the oven and into my tummy!”

Oh, you’re not familiar with that tune? Allow me to mail you this singing bear that plays a medley of tunes on repeat, cookie song included.

Because they are the only songs I know. I couldn’t tell you what’s popular in real music right now. I was like 8 months late to the Olivia Rodrigo party. We are a big Disney Junior household right now. She obviously has no idea what’s going on in the shows, but she loves the music. Bluey is this really cute show about Australian doggos and for the longest time she was uninterested, but recently she realized the theme song SLAPS. So that’s been a highlight of this season of life for me. Nothing, however, will ever trump Lou’s beloved Hotdog Song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. When that song comes in, she stops whatever she is doing, races to the television and starts dancing her tuchus off. It’s incredibly cute.

But that song haunts my dreams and will be the reason her first real word is hotdog.

Time: 1 day (prep + baking) | Serves: 1.5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour – I used 1 cup of all-purpose + 1 cup of whole wheat
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ginger
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of honey or agave
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

How to:

  • In a bowl, whisk flour + baking powder + baking soda + nutmeg + ginger + cinnamon
  • In a separate bowl, whisk brown sugar + coconut sugar + honey + olive oil + 1/4 cup of water until smooth
  • Whisk in dry ingredients into your wet just until a little flour is left
  • Fold in the chocolate chips
  • Cover with plastic wrap + refrigerate overnight
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop cookies onto a baking mat lined cookie sheet
  • Bake for 12 minutes
  • Serve warm or room temperature
  • Eat all of them before anyone gets home + pretend like you just bought a new cookie scented candle instead of baked all day

Chocolate Bundt Cake

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In another life, I would be heading to the beach this weekend.

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That other life is just a pre-COVID-19 one.

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I’m not a huge beach person anyways, so it’s not a huge loss.

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It’s more of the principle of a mini vacation. It was really just an excuse for all of our pals to get together before we all move this summer. I suppose we still could have made it work if we all wore masks inside our AirBNB and disinfected the toilet seats, showers, sinks and really any other hard surfaces after every single use. But alas, we canceled. It’s probably a good thing considering we’re in the midst of some sort of tropical storm and if we had any intention of not passing germs back and forth the ENTIRE weekend, we would need to be outside soaking up some rays. Which, now that you mention it, I desperately need……..maybe I’m down about not going on this trip after all…..

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You would understand if you saw my pasty skin.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 bundt cake

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of white cane sugar
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine flour + sugar + cocoa + baking powder + baking soda + S
  • Add in milk + 1 cup of water + olive oil + whisk until combined
  • Mix in vinegar + extract
  • Pour into a greased/sprayed bundt pan
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center relatively clean
  • While it cools, combine coconut milk + chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl + microwave or 30 seconds, stir, repeat until softened + combined
  • Once cake is cooled, flip onto a plate + shake it loose
  • Pour glaze on top + serve
  • Recreate the chocolate cake scene from Matilda

 

Adapted from here!

PB + Chocolate Chip Skillet

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Give me a mic, put me in front of athletes & roll the camera.

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Because I am ready to become a sports reporter.

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I’m not sure why it’s taken me 28 long years to discover my destiny.

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Prob because I didn’t like sports until I was 25 and even then I only learned the rules like last year, but that’s neither here nor there. I went to my first NHL game this weekend. Am now a BIG hockey guy. It’s quick, it’s violent, I dig it. I just love the camaraderie at sporting events. All the strangers drinking overpriced brewskis and shouting at the top of their lungs, hoping for the same outcome. I love giving out high fives all willy nilly and becoming fast friends with the bros next to me. America, man. I think I could really provide some colorful commentary to stale ESPN and the like. All their anchors know too much, like rules and player names.  It’ll be less analyzing plays and more analyzing athlete moods and crowd energy  – the important stuff.

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Oh, and I’ll pack lil vegan treats for everyone to snack on in between plays!

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + baking) | Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • Pinch of S
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of creamy PB
  • 1 tbsp. of flax meal
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Grease a skillet with cooking spray
  • In a tiny bowl, combine flax with 3 tbsp. of warm water, mix + set aside
  • In a bowl, whisk flour + baking soda + S, set aside
  • In a mixer bowl, combine butter + sugars + PB, beat for two minutes on medium
  • Add in flax egg + vanilla extract, mix on high for a minute to get all that good good combined
  • Turn mixer on low + slowly add in dry ingredients a lil at a time until all combined
  • Turn off mixer + fold in chocolate chips
  • Spread cookie dough + pat down evenly in skillet
  • Bake 25 minutes, remove + let cool (it’ll cook more in the warm AF skillet!)
  • Cut + serve warm
  • Let it sit out on your counter + nibble on it every time you walk by + see if you can beat our household record of devouring in 5 hours

 

Adapted from here!