Sunday, September 15, 2013

Procrastination Recipe: Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Cookies

I really shouldn't keep calling these "Procrastination" Recipes when there isn't any procrastination involved. Here, look...

That's Bug pinning my arm to the computer, forcing me to type for four hours. We are now at 56 pages of what I'm guessing will be around 900, give or take, when all is said and done. Three books. That is the goal.

But back to coooooookies!

2 cups flour (white or whole wheat, personally I go with whole wheat but potato, potahto)
1 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon (or if you're heavy handed like me then it's closer to 2 tsp)
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 can Libby's pumpkin puree
1 small bag of chocolate chips

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, combine butter, brown and white sugar, vanilla, then once it's creamed add the egg. To these wet ingredients you are going to alternate adding the dry and the pumpkin until everything has been smoothly combined. Last, but certainly not least, add the chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees F for... well I didn't time them. I'm an eye baller. These are a moist cookie but you don't want to overcook them. So I'd say stick them in for 12-15 minutes and then peek in at them. They will still be moist when cooked, due to the pumpkin, but they shouldn't be soggy and falling apart. This makes a lot of cookies. I used a small cookie dough scooper and I think it made about 50 cookies.

In all honesty, I had planned to spend the entire day writing until I needed to go pick Molly up at the airport. However, I was last minute asked to babysit Little Miss L. and I could never say no to that. So instead, I went to her house and baked. After dinner we sat outside in the front yard and this little black stray hung out with us. He couldn't be more than a year old. He is not fixed, from what I could tell, and he is the sweetest little darling. Doesn't mind being picked up, loves being petted, and is a chatterbox. I wonder if while I sleep my cats spray me with "Essence de cat lady" because this guy climbed onto my lap like we were the best of friends and proceded to take a nap. I wish I could have taken him home, given him a bath and some love, but Bug and Beans would never forgive me (I don't think Bug ever really forgave me for bringing Beans home and that was six years ago) and I feel like having two cats is okay (I know Molly is reading this and thinking, Well, even two is questionable...)but being single and having THREE cats would cause my grandmother to fall completely apart and give up all hope of ever seeing me in a white dress. She's already at the edge of that precipice and I don't intend to push her off.

So how did you spend the weekend? Any new book suggestions? I would love a reprieve from WHILE CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT.

Happy Reading!


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