Eat Well: Chocolate Chip Cookies Take 2

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I'll be honest - I've made these chocolate chip cookies before. I even wrote about them (I seem to always make cookies in honor of San Francisco sporting events). However, the past few times I've made them, I've been completely disappointed. Which just seems wrong, because this recipe is always billed as the best chocolate chip cookie recipe on earth. So I did the normal thing and decided to give it another go. This time I took it seriously - I weighed my ingredients. That's right. There was a scale involved. And you know what? It was totally worth it.

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I brought the cookies into work yesterday, and I don't think I've ever received so many compliments on a baked good. If you want the love and appreciation of your co-workers...this is a great way to go about it.

Be sure to check back here tomorrow - we've got some exciting stuff planned for the rest of the week!

Eat Well: The Best Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars Ever

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Prepare yourself: I'm about to make a big claim. These chocolate chip cookies bars are the best thing I've ever baked. I know - I don't really bake that often. I'm here to argue that I bake just often enough for that claim to mean something. And if you bake these yourself, you'll totally be on my side.

Since I've been an adult, I've been a little resistant to baking. I think it's the perceived girliness of the thing - something in me has always been opposed to doing overly girly things (like loving chick flicks or using Pinterest or writing a fashion blog...oh wait), and baking falls squarely in that category. However, every once in awhile I'll realize that nobody cares if baking is girly...and you get to eat delicious treats afterwards. So once in a blue moon I furtively troll Pinterest for dessert recipes that look amazing.

I followed this recipe to a T, except I didn't use oats in my batter. I actually love chocolate chip oat cookies, but I realized too late that I didn't have the right kind of oats on hand. With or without them, these treats will be amazing - seriously, I can't recommend them highly enough.

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I hope you all had a great Monday - mine was surprisingly nice. I went to work dreading a few of the projects I had to tackle, but left feeling happy with the work I'd done and excited for the next day. Doesn't it feel wonderful when that happens? Here's hoping today is just as great.

Eat Well: Blueberry Bars

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This past weekend, I got an overwhelming urge to bake things. I have no idea why. While I like baking, I generally don't spend much of my free time on it - usually I'd rather go buy dessert someplace than slave away making it myself. But something about this past weekend made me really excited to get in the kitchen - maybe it was the start of football season, or the beautiful weather, or the fact that Labor Day means that fall is upon us. And fall means home-baked treats, right?

The first thing I decided to bake were these amazing-looking blueberry bars that I found on Pinterest (recipe here). I was hoping to recreate one of my all-time favorite pies, a blueberry crumble creation from Royers in Round Top, without having to go through all the trouble of, you know, actually making a pie. And let me tell you, these suckers come pretty darn close. I'd like to make these again and mix the dough a bit less - I should have kept bigger chunks of butter - and add oats to the crumbly part. But either way, these beauties are delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or dessert).

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I think I'll go reverse my workout and eat one of these right now.

Have a great Thursday!

Eat Well: Cake Batter Truffles

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My parents belong to a country club in Texas. That country club has brunch every Sunday. Every Sunday brunch has a dessert table. And every dessert table has the most delicious cake batter truffles that I've ever had. They are one of those foods that I crave in a visceral way when it's been a long time since I've eaten them. So, when I hosted a little dinner party this past weekend, I decided that I would try to combat my craving and recreate them myself. As I've said before, baking isn't really my forte when it comes to cooking in general, but I love dessert, so I'm generally willing to test my skills when the occasion calls for it. While these cake balls highlight my distinct lack of artistic skills (they aren't supposed to look quite so...Gothic), they still turned out pretty darn tasty. I used this recipe.

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What happens when you open a package of funfetti cake mix with the guns you've been working on in the gym.

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These particular cake balls are like the Rorschach test of desserts. I see two little furies, locking horns. What do you see?

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It's a question mark!

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DSC_1440Have a wonderful, tasty weekend!