Best cookie in the world – Take 1

Jan 14, 2012 by

I set out on a quest the other night.  To make the best cookie in the world.  I was craving a good cookie, but also had a brilliant idea.  I set out looking through the various cookie recipes and made some plans as to what to try.  Here are the results from the first attempt.

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They were pretty spectacular and here’s how you make them.

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Here’ s the usual cookie ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 small box of vanilla pudding

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And here’s the brilliant idea.  Instead of chocolate chips I had an idea to use Frango’s.   I’m not a big chocolate person, but I LOVE Frango’s.

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They used to be sold at a store called the Bon Marche that went out of a business a few years ago and now you can find them at Macy’s around the holidays.  I bought a box for my wife because they are awesome and because I wanted to eat a few of them.   After eating a few way too many, I had the great idea for an amazing chocolate chip cookie made with Frango’s.

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First you need to blend the oatmeal.  These aren’t oatmeal cookies, but they have oatmeal in them and it makes them extremely soft and chewy.

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Throw it in a food processor and process into a fine powder.

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Now add your box of vanilla pudding to this mix.  I saw this on a few other recipes and thought I’d try it in the mix.  Set that mixture aside and grab your big mixer.

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Add in your brown sugar

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and white sugar

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mix it up

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add your butter

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and eggs

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Real vanilla from Mexico is awesome.  Use it if you have it.  If you don’t have it, go to Mexico and get some.

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Throw the vanilla in

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Then add the flour

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finally add the oatmeal mixture

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Now for the magical chocolate chips made from Frango’s…

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I chopped them up into different sized chunks

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I knew I was onto something good at this point

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Preheat the oven to 375.  Mix the choloate into the dough and spoon out onto your baking sheets.

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bake at 375 for 10 minutes and voila.

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yeah they were pretty damn awesome.  Soft, chewy and a hint of mint.

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Did I reach my goal on the first take? Its hard to say. They were amazing out of the oven and everyone in the office devoured the extra’s I brought in, but I think there is room for improvement. I was also going to shave a chocolate bar from Trader Joes and add that in, but I had enough chocolate with the Frango’s so I didn’t end up using that. I also don’t know that I needed the vanilla pudding mix. It was good, but maybe not necessary.

I’m going to continue the quest and tweak the recipe and search for some new ideas, but these are definately a keeper and something I’ll make around the holdiays. The mint in the chocolate is just to die for in these.

Ben…

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1-A-Week: Week 1 & 2 – Beginning again…with shoes

Jan 14, 2012 by

I have not started off well this year with posting my continued 1-A-Week project updates.  With the time constraints of the new job I may not be posting these each week as they are not the most compelling content, but rather a reminder as to what you could get rid of each week and/or hopefully some helpful hints on how to do it.

I still plan on keeping with the program until I run out of stuff to get rid of, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

For weeks 1 and 2 of January its all about shoes!  I never get rid of shoes until they fall apart and my wife never gets rid of shoes ever.  This is always a fun topic of discussion between us so I was shocked, SHOCKED I SAY, when she handed me a pair of her shoes to get rid of for her.

So my old pair of shoes will get donated and her’s, while still in great condition, but just don’t fit her, will go up on eBay for some lucky person to own.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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A pipe dream

Jan 14, 2012 by

I love this bookshelf.

I don’t know where I’m going to put it yet, but I will have one…someday.

You can buy this on Etsy or I imagine it wouldn’t be that hard to build yourself.

Ben…

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TSA #8 – Tell someone you love them

Jan 9, 2012 by

I’m going to try to post these on Monday’s so you have the entire week to think about and hopefully practice these Truly Simple Actions.

For this week, its a tried a true piece of advice that you’ve probably heard many times before, but we still don’t do it enough.  So this week, simply tell someone that you love them.  That’s it.

Call your mother or father.  Text your brother or sister.  Email an old friend.  Just tell them you love them and really appreciate them being in your life.  That is all that is required.

Today is my 13 year anniversary.  I try to tell my wife how much I love her, but I could always do it more.  It is one of those things that you never tire of hearing when told to you and it always makes the other person feel good.

Make someone feel good this week.  Tell them you love them.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 – Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 – Go do something fun
TSA#3 – Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 – Learn something new
TSA#5 – Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 – Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 – Improve 

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I’m very lucky

Jan 9, 2012 by

Today I’ve been married 13 wonderful years to my beautiful wife.

13 is my lucky number today.  I love you Chara.

Ben…

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