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Chewy Brownies

14 Sep

Wait. What?! It’s mid September already?! Oh geez, time flies with a full time job! As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve started a new nursing position at one of the community clinics in San Francisco. I absolutely love the new job, but my summer plans of marathon training, baking like a mad woman, and lounging around as a couch potato, had to be put on hold.  And now that school is starting, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to reach my dreams of being a couch potato.

Okay, so I know I’ve been seriously behind with this blog. You see, these chewy brownies were made three weeks ago. They were gobbled up the very following day, and all I have left to remember them by are these pictures. I’m tempted to go and whip up another batch right now!

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Chocolate S’mores Cookies

29 Apr

This morning I woke up wanting nothing more than a batch of cookies. I wanted… the smell of freshly baked cookies to waft through the house, a satisfying bite into a moist, chewy cookie, and a big glass of milk to go with it all. Well, one thought led to another, and soon enough I was in the kitchen busy putting a batch of cookies together while still in my jammies.  My day would not have been complete without some of these cookies.

These were really easy to make, as the recipe uses a cake mix (plus a few more ingredients). I usually don’t like box mixes and prefer to make everything from scratch, but decided to give this recipe a try anyway. It came out better than expected…it was delicious! So delicious that it almost caused a horrible accident!

Wait…ok, let me explain. Today, my youngest brother performed in his school’s spring concert. As my family and I were leaving the school parking lot I offered my dad one of these cookies. He took a bite and said “mmmm, these are good,” and might I add, my father is a very difficult person to please :)  So, there we were – driving happily in the car…my dad munching away and me beaming in the passenger seat. We were steadily making our way though the intersection and before I knew it, I found myself warning my dad about the pedestrian that he was driving directly at. It took me five “watch out”s before he slammed on the brakes! The pedestrian of course, frantically ran off while cursing at us. It may have been the deliciousness of these cookies that distracted my dad or the wreckless driving that comes with age. It was probably the latter, but I’m convinced that these cookies are dangerously yummy.

Note to self: Do not give Dad cookies while he’s driving.

Chocolate S’mores Cookies Recipe

adapted from Picky Palate


1 box devil’s food cake mix

2 eggs

1/4 Cup brown sugar

1/2 Cup melted butter (1 stick)

3 Hershey’s Chocolate bars, cut into rectangles

1 1/2 Cups mini marshmallows

1 1/2 Cups graham crackers, cut up into small pieces


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl mix the cake mix, eggs, brown sugar and butter until combined.  With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Press cookies into little discs to flatten slightly.  On each cookie press a chocolate bar, a couple marshmallows and a couple graham cracker pieces.  Bake for 11-13 minutes or until cooked through.

2.  Remove and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Serve with milk and enjoy!

Note: Oh yikes! Only towards the end of this post did I realize that I completely forgot the brown sugar! Hmmm….it still turned out great, but I’ll definitely have to try it with the brown sugar next time.

Happy friday, everyone!


the girl who loves s’mores

Me want cookie!

8 Feb

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco. I spent the morning running the Kaiser Half Marathon and the afternoon watching the Superbowl. I’m happy with the results of both, but I must admit were not easy feats. The marathon race course was pretty flat, so I expected it to be easier than some of the other half marathons I’ve ran, but boy was I wrong! The Great Highway. Yes, the Great Highway did me in. Just miles and miles of the same thing. The beach was beautiful, but it was SO boring. No turns, no trees, nothing. Looking straight ahead I only saw how far I was from the turnaround. That part of the course seemed neverending. Honestly, I was tempted to run off the course and just head home, but I didn’t. I told myself that if I finished the half marathon I would be allowed to consume anything I wanted and as much as I wanted. Cookies!!! I was running for cookies! Chocolate chip cookies. Nothing fancy…all I wanted were some good chewy, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. So what did I do this morning? Why, I baked chocolate chip cookies of course!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup brown sugar (dark or light. Dark has more molasses than light, which results in a richer and more flavorful taste. Thus, I used dark)

1/4 cup white sugar

2/3 cup canola oil

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or nondairy milk) (I used vanilla soy milk)

1 tbsp tapioca flour (a thickening agent. It can be substituted with arrowroot or cornstarch. Just make sure you have the substituting ratios right. I used 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chocolate chips (should really be 1 cup, maybe even 1 1/4 cup. The more chocolate, the better right? I usually purchase Safeway Select chocolate chips, but since chocolate chips are the highlight of this “dessert” I decided to pay an extra two bucks to get my favorite brand of chocolate – Guittard.)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease two large baking sheets. I almost never grease and just use parchment paper instead.

2. Combine sugars, oil, milk, and tapioca flour in a mixing bowl. Use a strong fork and mix really well, for about 2 minutes, until the mixture resembles smooth caramel. Like this:

Mix in the vanilla.

3. Add 1 cup of the flour, the baking soda, and the salt. Mix until well incorporated. Mix in the rest of the flour. Fold in the chocolate chips. The dough will be a little stiff so use your hands to really work the chips in.

4. For 3-inch cookies, roll the dough into balls about the size of Ping-Pong balls. Flatten them out in your hands to about 2 1/2 inches. As they cook, the will spread a bit. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 – 9 minutes – until they are browned at the edges. Makes about 16 cookies. Let cool on baking sheet for about five minutes then transfer to wire racks.

5. For two dozen 2 inch cookies roll dough into walnut-size balls and flatten to about 1 1/2 inches and bake for about 6-8 minutes.

And finally, I ended up with my chocolate chip cookies!

By the way, these are vegan cookies adapted from the chocolate chip cookies recipe in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar Recipe book . The authors also wrote Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.  The recipes are vegan, but I promise you no one would be able to tell! Also, your lactose-intolerant friends will thank you for the dairy-free treat.

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